“Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English” by N.M. Gwynne. Knopf, 2014. $19.95.
Popular English grammarian N.M. Gwynne has produced an American version of his grammar guide. This compact guide is divided into three parts: Gwynne’s Grammar, Strunk on Style and Some Useful Lists.
The chapters in Gwynne’s Grammar include “Parts of Speech,” “The Most Important Syntax Basics” and “Punctuation” (with clear guidance on when to use a dash, hyphen and semicolon).
“Strunk on Style” is a slightly edited work of William Strunk’s 1918 original (before it was edited in 1957 by Strunk’s student E.B. White) “The Elements of Style.”
An interesting chapter, “Words and Expressions Commonly Misused,” details misappropriated words such as factor, feature and literally (I plead guilty!). Also helpful is an explanation of the difference between less (refers to quantity) and fewer (refers to number).
Though Gwynne’s writing comes off as a bit old-fashioned and haughty, this guide is useful for both the student and serious grammarian in your family.