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William Strunk Jr's Elements of Style
Posted by Benevolent Goddess on May 26, 2008 at 11:59pm in The Masque Portego Writers' Guild


For all of you writers out there, William Strunk Jr's Elements of Style is available on Bartleby's at: http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html

I don't know about you all, but I do have a copy of this on my desk and I do refer to it when I write. It is commonly thought that nothing points out a lazy writer more than bad grammar! Don't be a victim to it! ELS is THE reference guide for professional writers and amateurs who care about what they produce.

Barteleby's: Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

Internal links are:

ITHACA, N.Y.: W.P. HUMPHREY, 1918
NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 1999

INTRODUCTORY

ELEMENTARY RULES OF USAGE
Form the possessive singular of nouns with 's
In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last
Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas
Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause
Do not join independent clauses by a comma
Do not break sentences in two
A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject
Divide words at line-ends, in accordance with their formation and pronunciation

ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION
Make the paragraph the unit of composition: one paragraph to each topic
As a rule, begin each paragraph with a topic sentence; end it in conformity with the beginning
Use the active voice
Put statements in positive form
Omit needless words
Avoid a succession of loose sentences
Express co-ordinate ideas in similar form
Keep related words together
In summaries, keep to one tense
Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end

A FEW MATTERS OF FORM

WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS COMMONLY MISUSED

WORDS COMMONLY MISSPELLED
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