The Complete Plain Words
This classic guide to the intricacies of the English language provides clear, succinct explanations of such topics as jargon, spelling, punctuation, superfluous words, the overuse or misuse of words, sexist language and the ground rules of grammar.
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adjective adverb alternative ambiguity American American English antecedent authority avoid become British English Chapter clear cliche comma Committee common COMPLETE PLAIN WORDS conjunction context convey correct danger Dictionary difficulty elegant variation Euro-English example express full stop George Orwell give Government Gowers grammar grammarians H. W. Fowler hyphen idiom infinitive instance intended jargon language less letter matter meaning merely metaphor mind Minister Modern English Usage negative noun object official writing overused paragraph parenthesis pedantry perhaps person phrasal verbs phrase plain Police Complaints Board pompous possible practice precise prefer preposition pronoun prose purists purpose question reader reason recognised relative clause replace rule seems semicolon sense sentence simple singular verb Sir Ernest Gowers sometimes split infinitive staff style things thought unnecessary verbose vocabulary vogue word written wrong