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The Gregg Reference Manual 9e by William Sabin is intended for anyone who writes, edits, or prepares material for distribution or publication. For nearly fifty years, this manual has been recognized as the best style manual for business professionals and for students who want to master the on-the-job standards of business professionals.


  • Offers an abundance of examples and illustrations to help you find a model on which to pattern a solution to a problem at hand.
  • Provides the rationale underlying specific rules so that you can manipulate the principles of style with intelligence and taste.
  • Reflects recent changes in grammar, usage, and style.
  • Highlights the basic rules of grammar, usage, and style so that you can reduce the number of things you have to look up.
  • Reflects the impact of computer technology on the way business documents and tables are formatted and produced.
  • Shows you how to make the best use of the format templates provided by word processing software and how to modify those templates to achieve more effective results.
  • Covers the preparation and formatting of letters, memos, reports, e-mail messages, employment letters, and many other business documents.
  • Provides an expanded, updated glossary of computer terms and expressions.
  • Offers an all-new appendix dealing with nearly 300 pronunciation problems.
  • Provides a Web site with tips on using The Gregg Reference Manual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028032863
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Sabin has retired as publisher of business books in the Professional Book Group, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. He has written many articles in the area of language and communication, and he speaks frequently at regional and national conferences. He is also coauthor of College English: Grammar and Style. Mr. Sabin is now a year-round resident of Bristol, Maine.
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Table of Contents

Preface v
How to Look Things Up xi
Essays xiii

PART 1 Grammar, Usage, and Style
Punctuation: Major Marks 2
Punctuation: Other Marks 49
Capitalization 86
Numbers 110
Abbreviations 132
Plurals and Possessives 156
Spelling 176
Compound Words 196
Word Division 226
Grammar 231
Usage 279

PART 2 Techniques and Formats
Editing, Proofreading, and Filing 310
Letters and Memos 339
Reports and Manuscripts 404
Notes and Bibliographies 437
Tables 467
Other Business Documents 499
Forms of Address 542

PART 3 References
Appendix A. Glossary of Grammatical Terms 552
Appendix B. Glossary of Computer Terms 562
Appendix C. Pronunciation Problems 582
Index 592

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    The only reference manual you'll ever need!

    I've been using The Gregg Refenence Manual for almost 20 years. Not only does it have everything you'll ever need to know about grammar and punctuation, it's also extremely easy to use. Several times I've reached for it not knowing exactly how to look something up, but if you just start with the basic issue, you'll have no problem finding your answer. It's and excellent resource and the only one I use 99% of the time!

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