Dear helpers,

In my reading of this forum’s threads to learn English, I encountered several times “Quirk.” I googled “Quirk” and I found Randolph Quirk. He had collaborated in writing “A Students Grammar of the English Language” and “A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language.” Which book should I choose to learn English considering that I would like to work intensively on my English and also that I’m not exactly a spring chicken? I already possess a few grammar books but I am looking for one that will put the emphasis on grammar structure and grammar rules in a very structured and detailed (like an algorithm for a robot). Would like to receive advices before ordering it (available only through ordering in my city).

Thank you.

P.S.: I had someone proofread this question. Emotion: smile
Of the two, I'd recommend A Student's Grammar of the Eh Language, Greenbaum & Quirk-- it's a shorter, revised version of their Comprehensive Grammar (with Leech and Svartvik).

However, you may find even the shorter one difficult reading. Which grammar books do you have already?
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Thank you for answering my question,

Dunham, Henrietta C., & Vaden Summers, Catherine (1986).
English Integrated An Advanced Reader/Grammar for Learners of English.

Greenbaum, Sydney (1994). An Introduction to English Grammar.

Norton, S., & Green, B.,& Waldman, N (2002). The Bare Essentials Plus.

Collins Cobuild (2003). English Grammar.

As you can observe from the publication years, I tried to learn English 10 years ago. I am giving another try.Emotion: smile
Hi SF,

I don't know the Dunham or the Norton books. Greenbaum should be a pretty good resource for you, as should the 'state-of-the-art' Collins Cobuild (though I shamefacedly admit that I have not yet taken a look at their grammar book; their dictionary is often useful)

A couple of others that you might take a look at are Thomson & Martinet's A Practical English Grammar, which is the book I grab first and is a very popular reference, and R.A. Close's A Reference Grammar for Students of English which, while published some time ago, sometimes answers questions for me that others don't.

I hope you are near an English language bookstore and can browse some of the available books before you buy.