The Elements of Style

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Filiquarian Publishing, LLC., May 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 70 pages
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The Elements of Style is a classic work which is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in Chapters Two and Three) on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The numbers of the sections may be used as references in correcting manuscript.

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A good reference with rules, tips, and advice. - Goodreads
No excuse for poor writing with this book. - Goodreads
It is a useful guide to writing clear, clean prose. - Goodreads
Excellent and easy to read English textbook. - Goodreads
Actually an enjoyable, as well as educational, read. - Goodreads
it was as boring as any other reference book. - Goodreads

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Clear, concise, and easy-to-follow guidelines make it a nice reference book. But because it's not explanatory, I need to find extra references to see how to use some phrases that are not allowed to use in some particular ways. Read full review

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a very great book, especially for those who are studying English as a second language. Read full review

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Elementary Rules of Usage
Elementary Principles of Composition
A Few Matters of Form
Words and Expressions Commonly Misused
Words Commonly Misused

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About the author (2007)

William Strunk Jr. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 1, 1869. He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1890 and Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1896. He taught English at Cornell University for forty-six years. He wrote two books: The Elements of Style, which was later published under the title The Elements and Practice of Composition, and English Metres. He was also an editor and edited important works by such authors as William Shakespeare, John Dryden, and James Fenimore Cooper. He served as a literary consultant to the 1936 MGM film version of Romeo and Juliet. He died on September 26, 1946.

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