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The Elements of Style : 4th Edition - William Strunk

The Elements of Style

4th Edition

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780205309023
Number Of Pages: 105

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You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition.

A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.

This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

About the Authors

William Strunk J r. (1869-1946) was professor of English at Cornell University. He wrote The Elements of Style in 1918 for the use of his students, who dubbed it "the little book."

E.B. White (1899-1985) was a leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet, and literary stylist whose wide range of writing includes Charlotte's Web.


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"...a marvellous and timeless little book... Here, succinctly, elegantly and without fuss are the essentials of writing clear, correct English." John Clare, "The Telegraph"

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Elementary Rules of Usagep. 1
Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 'sp. 1
In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the lastp. 2
Enclose parenthetic expressions between commasp. 2
Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clausep. 5
Do not join independent clauses with a commap. 5
Do not break sentences in twop. 7
Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotationp. 7
Use a dash to set off an abrupt break or interruption and to announce a long appositive or summaryp. 9
The number of the subject determines the number of the verbp. 9
Use the proper case of pronounp. 11
A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subjectp. 13
Elementary Principles of Compositionp. 15
Choose a suitable design and hold to itp. 15
Make the paragraph the unit of compositionp. 15
Use the active voicep. 18
Put statements in positive formp. 19
Use definite, specific, concrete languagep. 21
Omit needless wordsp. 23
Avoid a succession of loose sentencesp. 25
Express coordinate ideas in similar formp. 26
Keep related words togetherp. 28
In summaries, keep to one tensep. 31
Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the endp. 32
A Few Matters of Formp. 34
Words and Expressions Commonly Misusedp. 39
An Approach to Style (With a List of Reminders)p. 66
Place yourself in the backgroundp. 70
Write in a way that comes naturallyp. 70
Work from a suitable designp. 70
Write with nouns and verbsp. 71
Revise and rewritep. 72
Do not overwritep. 72
Do not overstatep. 73
Avoid the use of qualifiersp. 73
Do not affect a breezy mannerp. 73
Use orthodox spellingp. 74
Do not explain too muchp. 75
Do not construct awkward adverbsp. 75
Make sure the reader knows who is speakingp. 76
Avoid fancy wordsp. 76
Do not use dialect unless your ear is goodp. 78
Be clearp. 79
Do not inject opinionp. 79
Use figures of speech sparinglyp. 80
Do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarityp. 80
Avoid foreign languagesp. 81
Prefer the standard to the offbeatp. 81
Afterwordp. 87
Glossaryp. 89
Indexp. 97
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ISBN: 9780205309023
ISBN-10: 020530902X
Series: Elements of Style (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 105
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: ALLYN & BACON
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.4  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.136
Edition Number: 4