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  • The Elements of Style
    The Elements of Style


You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And now The Elements of Style---the most widely read and employed English style manual---is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book's illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level.

Table of Contents

Elementary Rules Of Usage
Form the Possessive Singular of Nouns by Adding 's
In a Series of Three or More Terms with a Single Conjunction, Use a Comma after Each Term except the Last
Enclose Parenthetic Expressions between Commas
Place a Comma before a Conjunction Introducing an Independent Clause
Do Not Join Independent Clauses with a Comma
Do Not Break Sentences in Two
Use a Colon after an Independent Clause to Introduce a List of Particulars, an Appositive, an Amplification, or an Illustrative Question
Use a Dash to Set Off an Abrupt Break or Interruption and to Announce a Long Appositive or Summary
The Number of the Subject Determines the Number of the Verb
Use the Proper Case of Pronoun
A Participial Phrase at the Beginning of the Sentence Must Refer to the Grammatical Subject
Telementary Principles Of Composition
Choose a Suitable Design and Hold to It
Make the Paragraph the unit of Composition
Use the Active Voice
Put Statements in Positive Form
Use Definite, Specific, Concrete Language
Omit Needless Words
Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences
Express Coordinate Ideas in Similar Form
Keep Related Words Together
In Summaries, Keep to One Tense
Place the Emphatic Words of a Sentence at the End
A Few Matters Of Form
Words And Expressions Commonly Misused
An Approach To Style (With A List Of Reminders)
Place Yourself in the Background
Write in a Way That Comes Naturally
Work From a Suitable Style
Write with Nouns and Verbs
Revise and Rewrite
Do Not Overwrite
Do Not Overstate
Avoid the Use of Qualifiers
Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner
Use Orthodox Spelling
Do Not Explain Too Much
Do Not Construct Awkward Adverbs
Make Sure the Reader Knows Who is Speaking
Avoid Fancy Words
Do Not Use Dialect Unless Your Ear Is Good
Be Clear
Do Not Inject Opinion
Use Figures of Speech Sparingly
Do Not Take Shortcuts at the Cost of Clarity
Avoid Foreign Languages
Prefer the Standard to the Offbeat
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