DESKTOP GRAMMARIAN FOR EDITORS, Dr. Robert T. Rhode and Eleanor Y. Stewart ISBN 978-1-59672-109-8
The authors wrote DESKTOP GRAMMARIAN FOR EDITORS to respond to the desperate need for an updated, compact text for professional writers across the broadest spectrum of firms. Nearly all grammar books—especially those intended for people in business—are modeled on out-of-date sources. Many are inconveniently long and disorganized. Before writing DESKTOP GRAMMARIAN FOR EDITORS, the authors engaged in the challenging work of reading the latest dictionaries, grammar guides, and style manuals to learn the most recent usage. Their condensed book offers current grammar guidelines and numerous tips to improve prose style. Whenever possible, they provide the most preferred forms, but, with language use rapidly evolving and with people moving quickly in and out of language communities, stipulating a single correct form is not always possible. In such situations, they avoid doing what prescriptive books do—that is, choosing one form and labeling it as correct. Instead, they present the complexities and ambiguities that they have learned through their intense study and give the editor the responsibility of making an informed choice. They celebrate the intricacies of grammar while demystifying them, and they avoid arbitrary and narrow approaches to standard usage.