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Elements of Style

Elements of Style - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486447988

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ISBN13: 978-0486447988
ISBN10: 0486447987
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Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Published: 2006
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Elements of Style - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486447988

William Strunk

ISBN13: 978-0486447988
ISBN10: 0486447987
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The original edition of the most trusted writer's guide to American English, this is the book that generations of writers have relied upon for timeless advice on grammar, diction, syntax, sentence construction, and other writing essentials. In brief and concise terms, author William Strunk, Jr., identifies the principal requirements of proper American English style and concentrates on the most often violated rules of composition. Originally published in 1918, this authoritative and engagingly written manual retains its immediacy and relevance. A must-have for any student or writer, it offers accessible explanations and concrete examples.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Elementary Rules of Usage

1. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's
2. In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last
3. Enclose parenthetic expressions between commans
4. Place a comma before a conjunction introducing a coordinate clause
5. Do not join independent clauses by a comma
6. Do not break sentences in two
7. A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject

III. Elementary Principles of Composition

8. Make the paragraph the unit of composition: one paragraph to each topic
9. As a rule, begin each paragraph with a topic sentence; end it in conformity with the beginning
10. Use the active voice
11. Put statements in positive form
12. Use definite, specific, concrete language
13. Omit needless words
14. Avoid a succession of loose sentences
15. Express co-ordinate ideas in similar form
16. Keep related words together
17. In summaries, keep to one tense
18. Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end

IV. A Few Matters of Form
V. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused
VI. Spelling
VII. Exercises on Chapters II and III

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