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Can anyone recommend an English Grammar book that can be used as a reference, rather than one that has excercises to practice - I mean something like the Bescherelle grammar books found in France.
Many thanks
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This is free, and a classic, esp for BrE:
The King's English
H.W. Fowler
http://www.bartleby.com/116/index.html

It may be old in some areas.
I'm also using:
Curme, George O. (1977). "A Grammar of the English Language". Verbatim. ISBN 0-930454-01-4 (reprint of 1931 edition from D. C. Heath and Company).
The best treatment of subjunctive and verbs I know. The book recommended by many prescriptivists.

  • Quirk, Randolph; Greenbaum, Sidney; Leech, Geoffrey; Svartik, Jan (1985). "A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language". Longman. ISBN 0-582-51734-6
  • The modern bible. More up to date, but I prefer Curme. Both quite expensive.
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    Thanks a lot MH
    This is a good reference, all books here are great:

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    My books are small reference books that many find helpful. I am not sure what the Bescherelle books are like. I can be found on Amazon under my name, Arlene Miller or at bigwords101.com