Admittedly, I have used most of them in my blog posts many times. Consciously or unconsciously, the reader is dissatisfied with being told only what is not; he wishes to be told what is. While the book sometimes seems severe in its regulations, this is only because misuse is so rampant and so ugly. The syntax should help understanding. When dining out, they amuse each other by pointing out typos on the menu. The fetishistic obsession with avoiding the passive voice is a baffling b profoundly irritating when some freaking paperclip starts to lecture you about it c so obviously idiotic that the authors themselves ignore it throughout the book.
For me Boosies and Hawksies came and went, but Strunks and Whites have remained constant. The point is not that you write this way or that; the point is that you care about the way you choose. The old fart was probably referring to his students at Cornell University. In general, remember that paragraphic calls for a good eye as well as a logical mind. So, the book is not the elegant historic relic I hoped for; nor is it an evil, nasty little mindrotter. Yes, some of the grammar rules are outdated.
The book itself is amazing though so I am split about the rating but I hope this can help others avoid the same mistake I did. For example, we can simply use whether instead of as to whether or yet not as yet. I honestly don't know if it improved my grammar much oh ok I do. Until I joined Toastmasters International 15 months ago. The fourth chapter was actually fun to read because parts of it came across as a long, pompous rant.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1935. This was reinforced by my reading of what really went on at the New Yorker and the wild and hilarious antics of the staff. I listened to this in audiobook form and I don't think it was really suited towards that format. Sometimes, my general statements obscure my main points. However, language changes constantly, so regulating it and placing rules on it is difficult. Rest assured, as the Millenial generation makes its mark on the language, they will change a few things themselves. Aside from these, the rules in writing parts 1 and 2 of the book have limited use for me because as I said above, I have no plan of writing a book in English.
I refer you to the Bard. No one avoids all use of adjectives and adverbs. You know the authors' names. Do not under any circumstances purchase that version! It's a place to get encouragement to keep you going when the going hits a dead stop; it's a welcoming front porch when you just can't seem to continue, or even get yourself started. Hard covered, filled with unusual illustrations related to the examples.
If you set aside the contents, introduction and appendix then this book is only 85 pages long, which I actually saw as a good thing. Yes, there are probably more up to date guides on grammar and writing, but I haven't read those, so my rating for this book exists in a vacuum of sorts: It's a good manual if you take it as the beginning of wisdom, not the end. A command is short and to the point, but it is not explicative. I have the same problem. Unfortunately, I was expecting something different going into this and it wasn't exactly what I was currently looking for. Then for number 3, there were two instances when as the grammarian introducing the word of the day, I mispronounced the word and I was corrected by fellow club members. The grammarian is one of the club meeting roles.
I still have mine from the 10th grade. Thus, the major impacts it had on me , aside from the correct English grammar and structures, are the growing realization that English is not the basis of intelligence at all , but we should never stop learning if we want to be better at this language. The grammarian is one of the club meeting roles. Which might not be so terrible if the advice it contains were not so vague, idiosyncratic and frequently inconsistent. Rita also runs an editing and proofreading business, The Persnickety Proofreader, and blogs under the same moniker:. He and editor Edward A.
Of course, it's short; at eighty-five pages it's much shorter than this one. However, I smashed that delusion because I realized one time that there are people we may not know who suffer from learning disabilities. But generations of writers have completely misunderstood its purpose and used it as a Bible of Good Writing. I loved the funny examples of yore , sentences most of us would not write any longer. This book is a great addition to a writer's whether published or not shelf. The first part Elementary Usage of Rules shattered my world again when I revisited some wrong grammatical information I disregarded before: 1. Let us help with your own one-on-one instructor! Five years later, the fourth edition text was re-published as The Elements of Style Illustrated 2005 , with illustrations by the designer.
The Elements of Style 5th ed. In a cunning marketing gimmick, the latest edition of Strunk and White has been jazzed up by including illustrations by Maira Kalman. Second, White made a comment about not using a foreign language in a work which, though I agree can be confusing, can still be pulled off. His prose style is orderly, to be sure, but it only seems to be plain, simple and sincere. I guess I need to dig my bookshelf one of these days as I know I have some unread gems like this buried somewhere. Statements should be put in positive form. The Fadimans all belong to that tribe whose members cannot read without simultaneously copy-editing.