May I Quote You On That? by Stephen Spector

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May I Quote You on That? by Stephen Spector is a descriptive guide to grammar and usage. It uses quotes from popular publications and media to show how the English language is used today.

May I Quote You? includes a section on the different ways of looking at the grammar of standard English, that is, prescriptive language versus descriptive language. I am definitely a descriptivist, so I especially enjoyed that this book worked in that way to describe modern usage. The book includes an overview of some basic grammar terms, and then it has sections on the usage and grammar of tricky, tricky words of the 2oth and current centuries, look alike words, and how to form plurals.

I am a total grammar nerd, so it was very interesting book for looking at how words are used today and how grammar has changed. I especially like the section on tricky words today because that is not something that I saw in my previous grammar books.

I found May I Quote You on That?  to be quite refreshing. I studied English in college and I like grammar. Yes, I like reading grammar books. All that said, I am the perfect nerd to read and enjoy May I Quote You on That? It is about time that Strunk and White is replaced.

Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

Reviewed on February 3, 2016

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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