Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English

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Penguin, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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The witty, bestselling grammar book that taught a nation better English is revised, updated, and e x p a n d e d for the new millennium, with fresh dos and don'ts in every chapter. Plus a word to the wired-a whole new chapter on language in the age of e-mail.

Unlike, say, Latin, English is a living language-and, like all living things, it grows, it changes, and it can be messy and confusing. And now Woe Is I has grown and changed too. Here's the latest and greatest on the basics and subtleties of the language from America's beloved grammar guru Patricia T. O'Conner. She's renovated her classic, using plain English to un-tangle the knottiest of problems, skipping the kind of jargon that tempted you to cut your high school English class. Run, don't walk, to your local bookstore.
  

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Review: Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English

User Review  - EngIIrockz - Goodreads

This book is well-written in that it makes grammar understandable. There's one throw-away chapter on writing advice that I skimmed, but the rest of it is very helpful. I think I'll read it again. Read full review

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User Review  - Tj Wilson - Goodreads

This book isn't really designed to be read in a couple of sittings. It's more of a small humorous reference book with easy to understand examples. I am putting it on the book shelf in my classroom. Read full review

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Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at the New York Times Book Review, has written for many magazines and newspapers. She is the author of two other books on language and writing, Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing and You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online.

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