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The Elements of Style

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xiii
Part I Elementary Rules of Usage 1
section 1 Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's. 1
section 2 In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last. 2
section 3 Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas. 2
section 4 Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause. 5
section 5 Do not join independent clauses with a comma. 5
section 6 Do not break sentences in two. 7
section 7 Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation. 7
section 8 Use a dash to set off an abrupt break or interruption and to announce a long appositive or summary. 9
section 9 The number of the subject determines the number of the verb. 9
section 10 Use the proper case of pronoun. 11
section 11 A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject. 13
Part II Elementary Principles of Composition 15
section 12 Choose a suitable design and hold to it. 15
section 13 Make the paragraph the unit of composition. 15
section 14 Use the active voice. 18
section 15 Put statements in positive form. 19
section 16 Use definite, specific, concrete language. 21
section 17 Omit needless words. 23
section 18 Avoid a succession of loose sentences. 25
section 19 Express coordinate ideas in similar form. 26
section 20 Keep related words together. 28
section 21 In summaries, keep to one tense. 31
section 22 Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end. 32
Part III A Few Matters of Form 34
Part IV Words and Expressions Commonly Misused 39
Part V An Approach to Style 66
section 1 Place yourself in the background. 70
section 2 Write in a way that comes naturally. 70
section 3 Work from a suitable design. 70
section 4 Write with nouns and verbs. 71
section 5 Revise and rewrite. 72
section 6 Do not overwrite. 72
section 7 Do not overstate. 73
section 8 Avoid the use of qualifiers. 73
section 9 Do not affect a breezy manner. 73
section 10 Use orthodox spelling. 74
section 11 Do not explain too much. 75
section 12 Do not construct awkward adverbs. 75
section 13 MAke sure the reader knows who is speaking. 76
section 14 Avoid fancy words. 76
section 15 Do not use dialect unless your ear is good. 78
section 16 Be clear. 79
section 17 Do not inject opinion. 79
section 18 Use figures of speech sparingly. 80
section 19 Do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarity. 80
section 20 Avoid foreign languages. 81
section 21 Prefer the standard to the offbeat. 81
Afterword 87
Glossary 89
Index 97

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
2000, 1979

Contributors

Revised by
E. B. White
Foreword
Roger Angell
Introduction
E. B. White

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
105 p.
Number of pages
105
Dimensions
18 x 12 x 1 centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7411304M
ISBN 10
020530902X
ISBN 13
9780205309023
Library Thing
3407
Goodreads
29867

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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.

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