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Grammatically Correct is your essential guide to proper punctuation, spelling, style, usage and grammar
Don't rely on a generic spell or grammar check when the correct answers to your specific questions are as close as this guide Easy to use and comprehensive in coverage, Grammatically Correct offers practical instruction, examples, and exercises that show how incorrect usage can alter your meaning. Appendices and glossaries for quick look-ups are included. With this convenient little reference, you'll save time, develop a smooth style, and present your writing in a professional way - every time
Comprehensive in its coverage of punctuation, spelling, structure, style, usage, and grammar, "Grammatically Correct provides the foundations of grammar in the ultimate easy-to-use format.
How does good writing stand out?
If its purpose is to convey facts, findings, or instructions, it need be read only once for its content to be clear. If its purpose is to entertain or to provoke thought, it makes readers want to come back for more.
Revised and updated, this guide covers four essential aspects of good writing:
- Individual words - spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, frequently misused words and phrases, irregular plurals and negatives, and uses of capitalization and type style to add special meanings
- Punctuation - the role of each mark in achieving clarity and affecting tone, and demonstration of how misuses can lead to ambiguity
- Syntax and structure - agreement of subject and verb, parallel construction, modifiers, tenses, pronouns, active versus passive voice, and more
- Style - advice on the less hard-and-fast areas of clarity and tone, including sentence length and order, conciseness, simplification, reading level, jargon and cliches, and subtlety
Filled with self-test exercises and whimsical literary quotations, Grammatically Correct steers clear of academic stuffiness, focusing instead on practical strategies and intuitive explanations.
Discussions are designed to get to the heart of a concept and provide a sufficient sense of when and how to use it, along with examples that show what ambiguities or misinterpretations might result if the rules are not followed. In cases where there is more than one acceptable way to do something, the approach is not to prescribe one over another but simply to describe the options.
Readers of this book will never break the rules of language again - unintentionally.
Writer's Digest's bestselling grammar guide is now in a pocket-sized format that is friendly and accessible. Readers will be able to solve their grammar dilemmas quickly with this edition's added appendices and glossaries, along with time-tested instructions for all types of writers. Original.