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Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style [Paperback]

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Book Description

January 2002 0877799210 978-0877799214 2
This practical guide gives you quick, easy-to-understand answers to the questions you face most often in your writing: How to punctuate a sentence; when to capitalize, italicize, or use quotation marks; how to form plurals, possessives, and compound words; when to use abbreviations; the right way to present numbers; how to handle common usage problems; and how to write footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.

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For more than 150 years, in print and now online, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster Mass Market; 2 edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877799210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877799214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Write with Confidence! January 24, 2001
This book is a great reference for those just learning English or native English speakers who occasionally need to check on the exact use of an ampersand, comma or semicolon. The reference is divided in to the following sections: punctuation, capitals/italics/question marks, plurals/possessives/compounds, abbreviations, numbers, grammar/composition, and problems in word usage. I commonly find myself using this reference when typing professional letters, writing stories, or whenever I get confused on the exact use of a particular element of punctuation or style. It's a small book but contains tons of content and enough examples to compliment each section.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for such a useful tool June 9, 2007
For the price you'll pay for this book you can hardly afford not to have it by your side when writing, editing or proofreading. I use it for all three of the aforementioned tasks. While your computer may be constantly connected to the internet, sometimes it's just easier to pick up an actual reference book and find the answer you need.

In the case of this little reference book (just the size of a paperback novel) you'll discover it's easy to lookup your question in the index and then quickly find the information you need. They layout and font face that was used makes this guide read almost like a dictionary. In other words, it is designed for reading short sections and presents the grammar rules in a lean format that is perfect.

This book shares space on my desk with my Oxford Dictionary of Current English:

Oxford Dictionary of Current English

And also my beloved copy of the 11th Merriam-Webster's Collegiate dictionary:

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

And as noted above... for the price you'll pay, the Merriam-Webster's guide is more than good value for your money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy January 7, 2011
By Jose
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I copyedit and proofread educational texts, and I found this guide to be intuitive, easy to navigate, and concise. On the down side, the book has outdated technological references which need to be revised.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home Without It December 18, 2010
This is a great style guide to have when you're on the road and cannot reach for a hefty tome like "The Chicago Manual of Style." And with common or recurrent stylistic issues, it's often far simpler to find answers in this little book than to have to slog through the countless pages of the aforementioned "C.M.S."

A few years ago, I spent several months in Paris; and while there, I was asked to write a couple of articles destined for American publication. Not having any reference books with me at the time, I count myself lucky for having stumbled across a copy of the "Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style" in a local anglophone bookshop. It really saved my skin, turning what could have been a pair of disasters into two very pleasant tasks.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars all you need July 30, 2002
This guide is not cute, sexy or fun. However, it has all the style and grammar guide you need. It doesn't try to amuse so its free to give you the rules and useful examples of them in practice. The price is excellent as well. I keep one copy next to me whenever I write.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The complexity of the subject(s) makes for a bit of confusion, but it is all in here. My copy is already dog-eared after only a couple of days in my possession and pretty constant use. It is much easier to use than the huge volumes of similar advice that once stood on their own tables at the local library. Already I have bookmarks throughout it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 18, 2005
This is an excellent book for those who are seeking a quick and efficient guide to punctuation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pocket Size Gem February 18, 2013
By Bev
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I love the ease of using this book. I have The Chicago Manual of Style too. But for quick reference I usually use this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Table 8.1 - Copyediting and Proofreading Marks are double printed and...
The rest of this little book seems very thorough. I wish you carried a larger page and print size version.
Published 20 days ago by Ruth C. Pizzat
3.0 out of 5 stars This alright
This book was good, but I found out that there are other grammar books that have the same information in it.
Published 28 days ago by Alright with Mom but not son
3.0 out of 5 stars The table images are blurry and unreadable
The book itself is good with lots of helpful information. It seems like it's going to be a great pocket reference. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harper Kingsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Price
This Guide is a good deal for the price. No, they didn't use high quality paper for the pages- but, you get what you pay for. :) The Guide is useful and practical. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Franchesca
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I know the are many different words that mean the same thing but where you write a paper and your instructor wants you to use a different word with the same meaning it is difficult... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pablo C. Talamantez
4.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD REFERENCE GUIDE
Very helpful! Having been out of school several years this is the type of help I need to freshen up my grammar skills. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donna Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Punctuation and style guide
The Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style is pocket size so it fits easily into a purse and it great to travel with.
Published 7 months ago by R King
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the rules in a quick easy to read paperback
When writing something for publication or submission for a grade you sometimes need a little help getting things formatted properly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book came in a timely manner and in great condition.
I am so glad that I was able to find this book as it is jut what I needed to write letters and needed papers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best webster guide to punctuation
I have really learned a lot from this book such as how to punctuation my words
correctly. I would recommend this book to any writer wanting to improve their
punctuation... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leelee Sheed
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