Appendix D: Common Grammar, Usage, and Spelling Problems
This appendix covers only those grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling
problems that give people the biggest headaches.
If you can't find answers to what you are looking for here, consult a
standard reference handbook such as one of the following (try to get an
edition published after 1990):
Beene, Lynn and William Vande Kopple. The Riverside
Handbook. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.
Technical-writing professionals try to simplify grammar rules as much as
possible, without hurting the language or putting themselves in
straitjackets. Typically, they work in teams and frequently move in and out
of projects--so that the same document may be worked on by different writers
and editors during the space of just a few years. That's why any guidelines
based on interpretation or personal style or judgment must be avoided.
Corder, Jim W. and John J. Ruszkiewicz. Handbook of Current
English. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman.
Hefferman, James A. and John E. Lincoln. Writing: A College
Handbook. New York: W. W. Norton.
Hodges, John C. and Mary E. Whitten. Hodges' Harbrace College
Handbook. New York: Harcourt Brace and Janovich.
Leggett, Glen, et al. Handbook for Writers. Englewood-Cliffs:
Strunk, William, and E. B. White. Elements of Style. New York:
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