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The Elements of Style

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A good book marred by the foreword?

A quick glance at the foreword makes me wonder if they should have left the 'little book' alone after the third edition. Here are a few gems from the foreword -- 2nd para: 'Less frequent practitioners - the job applicant; the business executive .. ; the high school s...
A quick glance at the foreword makes me wonder if they should have left the 'little book' alone after the third edition. Here are a few gems from the foreword -- 2nd para: 'Less frequent practitioners - the job applicant; the business executive .. ; the high school senior .. ; the graduate-school student .. ; the writer ..' ---> Rule 2. In a series of three or more terms .., use a comma after each term except the last. -- 3rd para: 'It was this recurring question, put to himself, that must have inspired White to revive and add to a textbook by an English professor of his, Will Strunk Jr., that he had first read in college, and to get it published.' ---> Rule 20. Keep related words together. -- 3rd para: 'The result, this quiet book ..' ---> Will Strunk's a quiet book? Omit needless words! Use the active voice! ..

posted by Anonymous on November 12, 2003

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

The Elements of Incomplete

I was disappointed with the Strunk & White text. I found the reference to be incomplete. Too many rules were not completely illustrated and the entire concept of punctuating dialogue was not included. There is a reason why the book is so slight comprising less than 1...
I was disappointed with the Strunk & White text. I found the reference to be incomplete. Too many rules were not completely illustrated and the entire concept of punctuating dialogue was not included. There is a reason why the book is so slight comprising less than 100 pages--material is missing. I recommend you purchase a different book if you want guidance on punctuation and grammar. Strunk & White are living on a name garnered in past when their work was a valid reference.

posted by Anonymous on June 1, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    A good book marred by the foreword?

    A quick glance at the foreword makes me wonder if they should have left the 'little book' alone after the third edition. Here are a few gems from the foreword -- 2nd para: 'Less frequent practitioners - the job applicant; the business executive .. ; the high school senior .. ; the graduate-school student .. ; the writer ..' ---> Rule 2. In a series of three or more terms .., use a comma after each term except the last. -- 3rd para: 'It was this recurring question, put to himself, that must have inspired White to revive and add to a textbook by an English professor of his, Will Strunk Jr., that he had first read in college, and to get it published.' ---> Rule 20. Keep related words together. -- 3rd para: 'The result, this quiet book ..' ---> Will Strunk's a quiet book? Omit needless words! Use the active voice! ..

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Recommended for any writing

    I am a technical writer by trade but this book is indispensable for anyone doing any type of formal writing. Students will be able to carry it with them into the professional realm - teaching to write succinctly is important to any writing. Not a compelling mystery novel, just a very useful tool for writing - I bought this for a Chinese national who wanted to improved her writing in English.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    Writing Then, Writing Now

    Strunk and White is great for a quick clean up of one's grammar. It is not helpful though for developing complex style, using metaphor, or using new organizations found in today's essays. My recommendation for that is below.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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