Elements of Style

Simon and Schuster, 10.12.2012 - 44 Seiten
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The Elements of Style (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White, is an American English writing style guide. It is the best-known, most influential prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, and often is required reading and usage in U.S. high school and university composition classes. This edition of The Elements of Style details eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, "a few matters of form," and a list of commonly misused words and expressions.

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Elementary Rules of Usage 1 Form the possessive singular of nouns with s 2 In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction use a comma...
Do not join independent clauses by a comma
Do not break sentences in
A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject 8 Divide words at lineends in accordance with their formation
one paragraph to each topic
As a rule begin each paragraph with a topic sentence end it in conformity with the beginning
Omit needless words
Avoid a succession of loose sentences 15 Express coordinate ideas in similar form
Keep related words together
In summaries keep to one tense
Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the
A Few Matters of Form
Words and Expressions Commonly Misused

Use the active voice
Put statements in positive form
Exercises on Chapters II and III

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William Strunk Jr. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 1, 1869. He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1890 and Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1896. He taught English at Cornell University for forty-six years. He wrote two books: The Elements of Style, which was later published under the title The Elements and Practice of Composition, and English Metres. He was also an editor and edited important works by such authors as William Shakespeare, John Dryden, and James Fenimore Cooper. He served as a literary consultant to the 1936 MGM film version of Romeo and Juliet. He died on September 26, 1946.

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