Merriam-Webster's Standard American Style Manual
Merriam-Webster's Standard American Style Manual stands alone. It is the first style manual to record the styling conventions most often followed by working writers and editors rather than the preferences of one publisher or organization. This invaluable reference, marked by straightforward prose and a clear format, provides the most common and acceptable solutions to the basic questions about writing.
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