Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences: A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation

Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences: A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation

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by Janis Bell
     
 

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Long overdue: a clear, good-humored discussion targeting only the most common errors in American sentences—nothing more.

This is a focused, respectful, entertaining guide to getting our sentences into good shape. After thirty-five years of teaching writing, Janis Bell knows which sentences those are and precisely what ails them. She describes

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Long overdue: a clear, good-humored discussion targeting only the most common errors in American sentences—nothing more.

This is a focused, respectful, entertaining guide to getting our sentences into good shape. After thirty-five years of teaching writing, Janis Bell knows which sentences those are and precisely what ails them. She describes grammar and usage problems in ways that make immediate sense. She explains precisely what our punctuation marks do and won't do. She also answers the very questions that readers are likely to have. Besides being extremely readable and relevant, each chapter offers a challenging quiz followed by answers that leave no doubt. This small, engaging book is for people who know what they want to write and who know English——all they need to hear is what Bell has to say about the gaffes that have crept into their sentences. Equally useful to a ninthgrader and a senior-level manager, Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences is a sweet and timely find.

Editorial Reviews

Marin Magazine
Janis Bell is the warm, smart English teacher you wish you’d had, and [this] is the grammar book you’ve been waiting for.— Samantha Berry
Bookotron.com
Here’s a book that is entertaining when it needs to be (all the time) and informative when it needs to be (all the time). You get seven clean, clear chapters of how-to that will help anyone who ever has to write.— Rick Kleffel
Samantha Berry - Marin Magazine
“Janis Bell is the warm, smart English teacher you wish you’d had, and [this] is the grammar book you’ve been waiting for.”
Rick Kleffel - Bookotron.com
“Here’s a book that is entertaining when it needs to be (all the time) and informative when it needs to be (all the time). You get seven clean, clear chapters of how-to that will help anyone who ever has to write.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393067712
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Janis Bell is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University, where her graduate studies in English focused on the teaching of writing. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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