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The Elements of style
Strunk, William
Adult Nonfiction PE1408 .S772 1999

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ContentsPage
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
I. - Elementary Rules of Usagep. 1
1. - Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 'sp. 1
2. - In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the lastp. 2
3. - Enclose parenthetic expressions between commasp. 2
4. - Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clausep. 5
5. - Do not join independent clauses with a commap. 5
6. - Do not break sentences in twop. 7
7. - Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotationp. 7
8. - Use a dash to set off an abrupt break or interruption and to announce a long appositive or summaryp. 9
9. - The number of the subject determines the number of the verbp. 9
10. - Use the proper case of pronounp. 11
11. - A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subjectp. 13
II. - Elementary Principles of Compositionp. 15
12. - Choose a suitable design and hold to itp. 15
13. - Make the paragraph the unit of compositionp. 15
14. - Use the active voicep. 18
15. - Put statements in positive formp. 19
16. - Use definite, specific, concrete languagep. 21
17. - Omit needless wordsp. 23
18. - Avoid a succession of loose sentencesp. 25
19. - Express coordinate ideas in similar formp. 26
20. - Keep related words togetherp. 28
21. - In summaries, keep to one tensep. 31
22. - Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the endp. 32
III. - A Few Matters of Formp. 34
IV. - Words and Expressions Commonly Misusedp. 39
V. - An Approach to Style (With a List of Reminders)p. 66
1. - Place yourself in the backgroundp. 70
2. - Write in a way that comes naturallyp. 70
3. - Work from a suitable designp. 70
4. - Write with nouns and verbsp. 71
5. - Revise and rewritep. 72
6. - Do not overwritep. 72
7. - Do not overstatep. 73
8. - Avoid the use of qualifiersp. 73
9. - Do not affect a breezy mannerp. 73
10. - Use orthodox spellingp. 74
11. - Do not explain too muchp. 75
12. - Do not construct awkward adverbsp. 75
13. - Make sure the reader knows who is speakingp. 76
14. - Avoid fancy wordsp. 76
15. - Do not use dialect unless your ear is goodp. 78
16. - Be clearp. 79
17. - Do not inject opinionp. 79
18. - Use figures of speech sparinglyp. 80
19. - Do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarityp. 80
20. - Avoid foreign languagesp. 81
21. - Prefer the standard to the offbeatp. 81
Afterwordp. 87
Glossaryp. 89
Indexp. 97


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