The Elements of Style - William Strunk - Google книгиWhite lately. Quite possibly, this is the best book about writing that there is. Here goes:. First up to bat is rule number three outlined in the first chapter. But I used to always use either or — — , and never a comma. The first rule of chapter two, rule number 12, talks about writing style.
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Many Americans, who believe that writing can be taught, will turn to The Elements of Style as the indispensable road map through a trackless desert of whirling words. Will Strunk got out of this predicament by a simple trick: he uttered every sentence three times. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. EB White published two revisions of his edition in and In a time of acute change, The Elements of Style could seem fuddy-duddy and redundant.
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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, The author died in , so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works. It is one of the most influential and best-known prescriptive treatments of English grammar and usage in the United States. It originally detailed eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, "a few matters of form," and a list of commonly misused words and expressions. Updated editions of the paperback book are often required reading for American high school and college composition classes. Public domain Public domain false false.