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    The Elements of Style (Dover Language Guides) (Paperback) By (author) William Strunk

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    DescriptionThe 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. Strunk begins with the basic rules of usage, offering accessible explanations of correct punctuation and grammar. His advice on the principles of composition cites concrete examples of how to maintain clarity by eliminating redundancy and unnecessary embellishment. In addition, Strunk provides valuable pointers on avoiding common errors in the usage of words and expressions, and in spelling. The greatest book of its kind, this volume is a must for any student or writer.

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    The Elements of Style
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Strunk
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 64
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    ISBN 13: 9780486447988
    ISBN 10: 0486447987

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    LC classification: PE1421 .S7 2006
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    Edition statement
    Original ed.
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    Dover Publications Inc.
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    Dover Publications Inc.
    Publication date
    26 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    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