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    Description"Be in no doubt: the beer was drunk but the man drank the beer." "We must avoid vulgarities like 'front up'. If someone is 'fronting up' a television show, then he is presenting it." Simon Heffer's incisive and amusingly despairing emails to colleagues at the The Daily Telegraph about grammatical mistakes and stylistic slips have found their way on to the internet and have attracted a growing band of ardent fans over recent years. Now, in his new book Strictly English, he makes an impassioned case for an end to the sloppiness that has become such a hallmark of everyday speech and writing, and shows how accuracy and clarity are within the grasp of anyone who is prepared to take the time to master a few simple rules. If you wince when you see "different than" in print, or are offended by people who think that "infer" and "imply" mean the same thing, then this book will provide reassurance that you are not alone. If you have a suspicion that it is wrong to say "the car collided with the tree" but are not quite sure why, then it will set you straight. And if you believe that precise and elegant English really does matter, then it will prove required reading.

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    Strictly English
    The Correct Way to Write... and Why it Matters
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Heffer
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    ISBN 13: 9781847946300
    ISBN 10: 1847946305

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC E4L: EDU
    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 06
    BIC subject category V2: JNZ, CBW
    B&T General Subject: 480
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.8T
    DC22: 428
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    BISAC V2.8: LAN000000, REF026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14870
    BISAC V2.8: LAN005000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    DC23: 808.042
    Thema V1.0: CBW, JNZ
    Imprint name
    Random House Books
    Publication date
    15 November 2010
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    Author Information
    In a career of more than 25 years in Fleet Street Simon Heffer has written columns for and held senior positions on the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. It was while associate editor of The Daily Telegraph that his emails to staff lamenting their lapses in English became an internet cult, and led to the writing of this book. He read English at Cambridge and holds a PhD from that university in history. His previous books include:Moral Desperado: A Life of Thomas Carlyle,Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell,Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of EnglandandVaughan Williams.