Strictly English: The Correct Way to Write . . . And Why It Matters

Strictly English The Correct Way to Write And Why It Matters Simon Heffer s incisive and amusingly despairing emails to colleagues at the Telegraph about grammatical mistakes and stylistic slips have attracted a growing band of ardent fans over recent years Now

  • Title: Strictly English: The Correct Way to Write . . . And Why It Matters
  • Author: Simon Heffer
  • ISBN: 9781847946300
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Simon Heffer s incisive and amusingly despairing emails to colleagues at the Telegraph about grammatical mistakes and stylistic slips have attracted a growing band of ardent fans over recent years Now, he makes an impassioned case for correct English and offers practical advice on how to avoid the solecisms and mangled sentences that increasingly pepper everyday speech anSimon Heffer s incisive and amusingly despairing emails to colleagues at the Telegraph about grammatical mistakes and stylistic slips have attracted a growing band of ardent fans over recent years Now, he makes an impassioned case for correct English and offers practical advice on how to avoid the solecisms and mangled sentences that increasingly pepper everyday speech and writing If you have ever been guilty of writing different than, if you have ever tortured the language by saying Thank you for asking my friend and I, if you have ever confused imply and infer, then this book will prove essential reading It will also reassuringly show you that accuracy and clarity need not be the preserve of an elite they are within the grasp of anyone who is prepared to take the time to master a few simple rules.

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    1. This book is all right for those interested in improving their written/spoken English since the author's written in his authoritative style with good references. He mentioned Lewis's "Studies in Words", Gowers's "The Complete Plain Words" and Partridge's "Usage and Abusage" many times, therefore, I think I must find my copies kept somewhere to read and consult as soon as I can. Please don't be intimidated by the first three chapters (Part 1) since they may be boring to some but, I think, we can [...]

    2. I take comfort that this book is aimed at English speakers educated in Britain. And that the author holds George Orwell in the greatest esteem, as I do. Wow, I have a much lower opinion of my writing now and my depressing enthusiasm for hyperbole and Americanismsr which I can cheerfully blame my Canadian public education.I learned a lot, particularly about these words: decimate, the abuse of literally, transpire and complimentary, orphan, curmudgeon, pristine, onto doesn't exist but on to does, [...]

    3. A fairly succinct run through grammar and style. I am all for clarity and precision in language and agree that grammar is important, but I deplore the snobbishness brought to bear on the subject. This book lacks charm, but I suppose it does what it says on the tin. Useful and important, but annoying.

    4. Possibly the most amusing grammar and style guide I've read. Strunk & White rarely made me laugh out loud.Good reference book for writers. Do keep in mind it is British English which has some significant differences from American English.

    5. He'd already wound me up by the end of the preface. I don't take issue with what he's trying to do, but with the examples he uses and his justifications - claiming to have 'logic' on his side when all he really means is 'it sounds right/wrong to me'.Nine tenths of what he has to say is common sense and perfectly reasonable - but that last tenth is just the ravings of a snob. He uses the word "logical" to defend whatever he has decided is important, but rarely bothers to define just why the usage [...]

    6. A definite contender to replace the King's English as your reference work on grammar. Concise, of course, and not covering all that the brothers Fowler do, but just as logical. Exemplifies his own standards.Loved it.

    7. If you believe in accurate and elegant English - this is the book for you! A little pedantic at times, but worth the read. Not exactly bedtime reading though

    8. I like books on writing and I like grammar, but I found the writer's tone to be rather annoying and pompous. Not my favorite.

    9. An organised book gives the concepts of grammar and pin point the common errors people used to make in their conversation as well

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