The Elements of Style / Edition 4
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The Elements of Style / Edition 4

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by William Strunk

ISBN-10: 020530902X

ISBN-13: 9780205309023

Pub. Date: 07/23/1999

Publisher: Longman

You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. The revisions to the new edition are purposely kept minimal in order to retain the book's unique tone, wit, and charm. A new Glossary of the grammatical terms used in the book provides a…  See more details below


You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. The revisions to the new edition are purposely kept minimal in order to retain the book's unique tone, wit, and charm. A new Glossary of the grammatical terms used in the book provides a convenient reference for readers. The discussion of pronoun use is revised to reflect the contemporary concern with sexist language. In addition, there are numerous slight revisions in the book itself which implement this advice. A new Foreword by Charles Osgood reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

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Table of Contents




1.Form the Possessive Singular of Nouns by Adding 's.

2.In a Series of Three or More Terms with a Single Conjunction, Use a Comma after Each Term except the Last.

3.Enclose Parenthetic Expressions between Commas.

4.Place a Comma before a Conjunction Introducing an Independent Clause.

5.Do Not Join Independent Clauses with a Comma.

6.Do Not Break Sentences in Two.

7.Use a Colon after an Independent Clause to Introduce a List of Particulars, an Appositive, an Amplification, or an Illustrative Question.

8.Use a Dash to Set Off an Abrupt Break or Interruption and to Announce a Long Appositive or Summary.

9.The Number of the Subject Determines the Number of the Verb.

10.Use the Proper Case of Pronoun.

11.A Participial Phrase at the Beginning of the Sentence Must Refer to the Grammatical Subject.


12.Choose a Suitable Sesign and Hold to It.

13.Make the Paragraph the unit of Composition.

14.Use the Active Voice.

15.Put Statements in Positive Form.

16.Use Definite, Specific, Concrete Language.

17.Omit Needless Words.

18.Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences.

19.Express Coordinate Ideas in Similar Form.

20.Keep Related Words Together.

21.In Summaries, Keep to One Tense.

22.Place the Emphatic Words of a Sentence at the End.




1.Place Yourself in the Background.

2.Write in a Way That Comes Naturally.

3.Work From a Suitable Style.

4.Write with Nouns and Verbs.

5.Revise and Rewrite.

6.Do Not Overwrite.

7.Do Not Overstate.

8.Avoid the Use of Qualifiers.

9.Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner.

10.Use Orthodox Spelling.

11.Do Not Explain Too Much.

12.Do Not Construct Awkward Adverbs.

13.Make Sure the Reader Knows Who is Speaking.

14.Avoid Fancy Words.

15.Do Not Use Dialect Unless Your Ear Is Good.

16.Be Clear.

17.Do Not Inject Opinion.

18.Use Figures of Speech Sparingly.

19.Do Not Take Shortcuts at the Cost of Clarity.

20.Avoid Foreign Languages.

21.Prefer the Standard to the Offbeat.



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Guest More than 1 year ago
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! ..
Shakespearean More than 1 year ago
I am a writing teacher, and I have used several different grammar books. The Elements of Style is the easiest book to use in a writing class for both teachers and students alike. It is short and concise - so much so that students are not intimidated by what they are learning. Many of my students have actually enjoyed reading the book, as it is both informational and witty. I have heard many students say, "I wish I had this book earlier in my writing career." I second that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Elements of Style is one of the most important books that I own. Although I'm out of college, I refer to it again and again. Even if I'm not correcting grammar or punctuation, I'll still open the book to see what beautiful writing looks like. The writing is so darn clear that I often joke, 'If God wanted someone to teach Jesus how to write, God would have hired Strunk and White.' The last chapter deals with writing and how to craft one's own voice. This is valuable for everyone, and although Elements isn't a 'how to' book on fiction writing, I've found S&W's advice to be sound while working on novels and short stories. Keep this book in your coat pocket. Study it at red lights or on the subway. This book is timeless.
TGJOWH More than 1 year ago
This is a great little book. All I can suggest is that you pick one up. It's the best ten dollars you'll ever spend on a writing book. And I just want to refute some of the past reviews. This version DOES include the E.B. White addendum "An Approach to Style."
Trout More than 1 year ago
The Elements of Style is a classic. Period. It is used around the US by professionals, and English Lit. educators. I bought mine after seeing so many grammar experts carrying it around. I am not a grammar expert, but am hoping to improve.
readersreader More than 1 year ago
I teach high school English. I recommend this book to all students struggling with grammar. It is compact, well-organized, and very thorough. Though part one is mostly grammar the other parts will help aid writers. I even have created a poster from one of the tips presented in the book. "Avoid the elaborate,t he pretentious, the coy, and the cute. Do not be temped by a twenty-dollar word when there is a ten-center handy, ready and able." There are tons of gems just like this one.
womenrock More than 1 year ago
Essential tool for anyone interested in putting out the best of his/her craft.
its4me More than 1 year ago
Great for extra assistance, refresher, or spot checking trouble areas!
Trampolina More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style" has for years been a go-to book for writers of all kinds. It covers most of the grammatical and punctuation issues that you may have learned in school, but have long since forgotten, or perhaps those issues that you never learned in the first place. This is an excellent resource for graduating seniors who are either faced with writing papers in college, or faced with navigating a world that increasingly knows little grammar or punctuation that don't fit in a "tweet". Writing is one of our last bastions of "civilization", and we need to nurture it. "The Elements of Style" will go a long way toward educating you, or your gift receiver, in the ways of the written word.
Ferguson More than 1 year ago
The book was more than helpful in the preparation of writing my college essays. Easy to read and well organized.
paradi9m More than 1 year ago
a necessary purchase for all college-bound; a veritable how-to of essay-writing.
theoldergraduate More than 1 year ago
I was informed that this would be a good book to improve me writing and the information was correct. There is so much information about writng in this small book it is astounding. I would recommend this book to any one that wants to improve their writing skills
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for summer homework, and it was so funny and helpful. i learned so much. This little book changed the elements of my life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about style -- that is, the style of the author's voice. Not about grammar, punctuation, initialization, et cetera (although it includes elements of those). Read it for its strengths, not its limitations, and you will be happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every serious writer--at any experience level--should have a copy of this classic, immensely useful reference book. Compact, yet filled with information, Strunk & White's ELEMENTS OF STYLE is one writer's reference tool that will never go out of fashion. (For a list of additional must-have writing books, visit the Resources page at WriteWayPro's website.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a required textbook for all freshman English students at Cornell in 1944. Forget "since 1959"
Guest More than 1 year ago
No writer should be without this. If you purchase 1 writing book this should be it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had forgotten what a treasure this little book is. This updated edition is essential for students and seasoned writers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bare none, this book is the #1 book for all writers to have. A must buy and a keeper for years to come
Guest More than 1 year ago
This concise and helpful volume brings back simple joy in researching the questions of style,punctuation and grammar that arise in everyday writing. With the new glossary of grammar terms, my only cause for reservation has been removed.
George Sipp More than 1 year ago
Excellent compact resource for questions about grammar, punctuation, and usage of the English language. If one writes anything - letter, essay, fiction - he needs this handbook!
DW74 More than 1 year ago
book is very informative and has helped my college and professional career already.
rbryanm More than 1 year ago
vital resource...all my copies -- 2nd, 3rd, &amp; 4th editions -- are dog-eared, worn, and still often consulted...
vandoren3 More than 1 year ago
Never be out of style. This handy little tomb has taken me through decades of public school and college. Now, I give this book to my high school English Language Arts students most of whom are thrilled with its humor and serious take on our wonderful language.