The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition 4th Edition
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Around location 765 you'll find an example of 'keeping related words together'. It reads as follows:
New York’s first commercial human-sperm bank opened Friday with semen samples from eighteen men frozen in a stainless steel tank. »»»»» New York’s first commercial human- sperm bank opened Friday when semen samples were taken from eighteen men. The samples were then frozen and stored in a stainless steel tank.
Strunk JR., William. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition . Pandora's Box. Kindle Edition.
The edition at Gutenberg was published in either 1918 or 1919. I am fairly certain that any sperm bank was not even thought of at that time.
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I just wanted to clarify this information for prospective buyers.
Getting this as an eBook just makes it so much easier to carry, means you'll never lose it, and adds the ability to search it. Love it, love it, love it!
The book is compact, so you can keep it at hand with your other writing needs. It is easy and pleasurable to read, with every writing-related subject you can think of (or should I state, of which you can think) nicely organized, complete with both correct and incorrect examples.
I once read a bit of advice from E.B White that stated in essence, "Make every word count."
For me, that is the starting point for excellent writing.
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First written by Professor Will Strunk as a summation of English usage, composition, and form with words and expressions commonly misused, and later polished, expanded and transformed into a classic reference book thirty-eight years later by Strunk's student, E. B. White, 'The Elements of Style' does indeed contain 'rich deposits of gold.'
This book will help you to write better through eleven elementary rules such as using commas, dashes, and colons; eleven elementary principles of composition such as design, active voice and summaries; a few matters of form such as headings, exclamations and numerals; words and expressions commonly misused; an approach to style with a list of reminders; and a glossary of terms.
I read this book in one sitting, underlining key points on every page, wanting to take it all in so that I could immediately put the rules and style approaches into practice.
A must for any discerning writer - a book that will inspire you to write, move you to want to write every day, and help you to write well.
It’s also really small and light, so could be kept in a handbag at all times! I think anyone studying in the English language should have a copy of this, from as young as possible, so they have the confidence to use grammar correctly, and to be able to define their writing style.
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When you have read this book, you will understand that a great deal of good writing is not just about crafting words with skill, it is about getting a clear idea of the logical relation between the ideas in every sentence. Once you understand that, you will not only create better prose but you will do it with less effort.
Naturally, it is a work of non-fiction (and about grammar no less!) So you won't find yourself on the edge of your seat or anything as you read it. But you will find it softly engaging and interesting and find yourself pulled into the mindset of those people who take grammar a good deal more seriously than most of us.
Particularly helpful is the fact that each recommendation comes with examples, so that you can see in practice what he is actually talking about, and that each part is not overly long, so you don't feel the need to reach for the metaphorical gun to put yourself out of your misery!
If you set aside the contents, introduction and appendix then this book is only 85 pages long, which I actually saw as a good thing. No doubt there are books on grammar that can quite happily be used as tables in their own right, but I wonder how many normal people actually read them?
It's a bit like Stephen Hawking's "Brief History of Time" in that owning a copy of such tomes doesn't automatically mean you have read them!
This one I have read. I honestly don't know if it improved my grammar much (oh ok I do...It didn't! I think you would need to make more than a casual study of this to really improve much). But the door is at least slightly ajar to seeing the light and perhaps, some day, also marveling at the difference between a conjunctive pronoun and a restrictive adverb (something which I have personally never heard of, but which I feel happy to allow some Grammar God to now lay claim too).
Overall, a book that is well worth your time.
The only thing I'm unsure of is whether it's Americans rules or UK rules.
One small drawback would be that the book is slightly outdated: many of the words which change their meanings or became simply part of the English language and are being used by everyone.
Nevertheless I certainly recommend this position to anyone willing to improve their writing.
"Omit needless words
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences...This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat all subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
Many expressions in common use violate this principle.
the question as to whether = whether
there is no doubt but that = no doubt
used for fuel purposes = used for fuel
he is a man who = he
in a hasty manner = hastily
this is a subject that = this subject..."
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