An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style



   Order Code: RH886    ISBN : 9780812995701
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By Benjamin Dreyer. Dreyer, the copy chief of Random House, offers a sharp, witty guide to writing that’s chock-full of valuable advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts. As authoritative as it is amusing, the book includes lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and "nonrules" of grammar, including why it’s okay to end a sentence with a preposition or split an infinitive; why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the "Wan Intensifiers" and "Throat Clearers," including "very," "rather," "of course," and the dreaded "actually"; discussion of whether "alright" is all right (sometimes); help with brushing up on your spelling-though, as he notes, "The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them"; and insight, stated with characteristic humor, such as "Only godless savages eschew the series comma." Grades 7 and up. Index. Random House. 291 pages. ©2019.

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