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Despite the proliferation of books in this genre, rarely does one feel so confident in one's instructor. Williams is meticulous and exacting, yet never pedantic. Though he agrees with most of his grammarian colleagues that, generally speaking, the active voice is better than the passive or that the ordinary word is preferable to the fancy, Williams is also quick to assert that there's no sense learning a rule "if all we can do is obey it." And he is most emphatic about the absurdity of prescriptions concerning usage (such as, "Never begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction"). Such rules, he says, "are 'violated' so consistently that, unless we are ready to indict for bad grammar just about every serious writer of modern English, we have to reject as misinformed anyone who would attempt to enforce them." --Jane Steinberg
There is probably some really useful information in here, if you have the persistence to extract it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jane Matthews
For quick reference this book is great. I also appreciate its being paperback, allowing me to carry it in my purse on occasion.Published 5 months ago by Lydia
Very useful for Literature class and English classes.Published 10 months ago by Glorivelle Gonzalez
One of the best, and most practical, books on improving ones's writing I've read. It requires working through with dedication and focus but is well worth the effort.Published 11 months ago by Lindsay Scott
Yes. Best book on writing ever. Provides a clear and systematic explanation on how to build sentences, paragraphs and whole works and shows how to select expressive and appropriate... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harry Sticker