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    DescriptionThis is a book that explains the grammar that people really need to know, such as the fact that an apostrophe is the difference between a company that knows its s*** and a company that knows it's s***, or the importance of capital letters to avoid ambiguity in such sentences as "I helped my Uncle Jack off his horse." David Marsh's lifelong mission has been to create order out of chaos. For four decades, he has worked for newspapers, from the Sun to the Financial Times, from local weeklies that sold a few thousand copies to the Guardian, with its global readership of nine million, turning the sow's ear of rough-and-ready reportage into a passable imitation of a silk purse. The chaos might be sloppy syntax, a disregard for grammar or a fundamental misunderstanding of what grammar is. It could be an adherence to "rules" that have no real basis and get in the way of fluent, unambiguous communication at the expense of ones that are actually useful. Clear, honest use of English has many enemies: politicians, business and marketing people, local authority and civil service jargonauts, rail companies, estate agents, academics ...and some journalists. This is the book to help defeat them.


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    Title
    For Who the Bell Tolls
    Subtitle
    The Essential and Entertaining Guide to Grammar
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Marsh
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 236 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781783350520
    ISBN 10: 1783350520
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.1
    BIC subject category V2: CBG
    BISAC V2.8: LAN006000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21900
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    BISAC V2.8: LAN021000
    DC23: 428.2
    Thema V1.0: CBG
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2ACB
    Publisher
    Guardian Faber Publishing
    Imprint name
    Guardian Faber Publishing
    Publication date
    04 September 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    David Marsh is the Production Editor of the Guardian and the fierce protector of Guardian Style. Follow his hugely popular Twitter tips @guardianstyle.