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What you need to know about grammar and usage

You were never taught formal English grammar, or you discover that some of much of the grammar and usage you were taught is nonsense. You feel a need to learn more, but where and how? Garner’s Modern English Usage is a formidable 1,056 pages, his Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation 583 pages. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage is nearly a thousand.

When my undergraduate students get that baffled, desperate look, I suggest that they consult Grammar Girl, because Mignon Fogarty’s explanations are lucid and accessible.

Now they have a new choice. Lisa McLendon, linguist, longtime newspaper copy editor, and...