While the book sometimes seems severe in its regulations, this is only because misuse is so rampant and so ugly. Moreover, as we get more and more sophisticated think of the computers we now hold in our hands , we need a style and usage manual that is also more advanced. I also enjoyed A Few Matters of Form. This book is short and viciously concise. Using as a coaster for cold drinks I devoted some of my grammar thesis to criticizing this book, and it was time well spent.
He also produced the second 1972 and third 1979 editions of The Elements of Style, by which time the book's length had extended to 85 pages. Dictionaries came into popularity around the time of Shakespeare, as did the study of philology. There are plenty of people who stand by it as a trusted source for all things grammar, but I imagine even diehard supporters will grudgingly admit that the standards it established have led to some truly convoluted sentences. Until I joined Toastmasters International 15 months ago. Some of his complaints are genuinely outdated or are simply what I think are the author's own preferences.
Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. Write with nouns and verbs. This year, for my birthday, I received yet another copy. Until I joined Toastmasters International 15 months ago. Authoritative and engagingly written, this is simply the greatest book of its kind. To advance my English skills, I decided to teach Koreans since teaching them seemed like was all the fashion then.
To advance my English skills, I decided to teach Koreans since teaching them seemed like was all the fashion then. I guess I will sound more credible this way. Then for number 3, there were two instances when as the grammarian introducing the word of the day, I mispronounced the word and I was corrected by fellow club members. The book suggests that we use the present tense or the past tense. Some of these terms are actually quite useful, like the difference between a loose sentence and a periodic sentence. I was even astounded to find out that she always memorized English words with her mini dictionary to be more expressive of her thoughts and feelings.
This book is short and viciously concise. But reading and writing require something much different: a sensitivity to the written word. Although the word in its new, free-floating capacity may be pleasurable and even useful to many, it offends the ear of many others, who do not like to see words dulled or eroded, particularly when the erosion leads to ambiguity, softness, or nonsense. I carried it in the back pocket of my jeans for a couple of semesters and it got heavily creased and worn. Lining a bird cage 3. Strunk and White's Elements of Style is not.
Besides, this acts as another catalysts for my insatiable desire for becoming a good writer in the foreseeable future- the time expression repulsed William Strunk Jr. It is troubling, in particular and general, that the book's tidiness comes at the cost of elaboration. But generations of writers have completely misunderstood its purpose and used it as a Bible of Good Writing. The third edition of The Elements of Style 1979 features 54 points: a list of common word-usage errors; 11 rules of punctuation and grammar; 11 principles of writing; 11 matters of form; and, in Chapter V, 21 reminders for better style. White, became a highly influential guide to English usage during the late 20th century. Sometimes, my general statements obscure my main points. The book does exactly what the title suggests — covers stylistic elements of the English language.
The book also suggests the words acceptable to writing which in effect failed to provide justifiable reasons such as at this at this moment not currently; because of not due to ; enthusiastic not enthuse , in regards to not as regards, insightful not perceptive. The book does exactly what the title suggests — covers stylistic elements of the English language. Reprint of the Harcourt and Brace, New York, 1920 edition. To learn more, see our. It was performed at the in October 2005.
What a great book - a classic. Propping up a short table leg 2. Although the word in its new, free-floating capacity may be pleasurable and even useful to m It's a little prescriptive, but this book's advice is solid. I don't need anything fancy. Yes, there are probably more up to date guides on grammar and writing, but I haven't read those, so my rating for this book exists in a vacuum of sorts: It's a good manual if you take it as the beginning of wisdom, not the end. He has to note down the following: 1 germs or the unfortunate use grammar lapses including mispronounced words of the English language; 2 gems or the rhetorical devices and the nice quotable quotes; and 3 the members who used the word of the day. It's a great book for writers.
The fourth chapter was actually fun to read because parts of it came across as a long, pompous rant. That's a long time ago, but other changes occur all the time. For those who are worried about the pedantry of writing, this book is mostly about grammar and what can be more effective in using the English language. This needs to be in the curriculumn for high schools, especially now when grammar is being forgotten so that people can e-mail and sound stupid on myspace. But I was in for a rude awakening when I asked myself how I had to speak as impeccably as grammar Nazis do, the phrase I was not yet aware of.