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Ultimate Style: A Concise Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Style: The Rules of Writing

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The How to Write series aims to give students a recipe of sorts for creating excellent creative and academic prose and poetry. Each book is constructed as a set of instructions that are meant to illuminate the writing process, eliminating the mystery that so many other books seem to celebrate. Our belief is that writing well is a skill all students can learn, if they have the right guidance along the way.
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Overview

The How to Write series aims to give students a recipe of sorts for creating excellent creative and academic prose and poetry. Each book is constructed as a set of instructions that are meant to illuminate the writing process, eliminating the mystery that so many other books seem to celebrate. Our belief is that writing well is a skill all students can learn, if they have the right guidance along the way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411402850
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/20/2005
  • Series: SparkNotes Ultimate Style Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    not helpful

    uninspired and boring. same dribble that has been written one thousand times before. you're better off doing a google search for writing help than buying this book.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Quick reference guide for grammar

    Ultimate Style is a quick, useful reference guide for those interested in english grammar and style. It's probably geared more toward general readers and students than professional writers and scholars, and some of the conclusions are controversial, which the authors openly address in the introduction. As such, the Elements of Style by Strunk and White is still the standard of excellence for grammar, usage, and style, though Ultimate Style uses many of the same concepts and rules. The best part about Ultimate Style is the alphabetized List of Entries in the back of the book. It also provides quick, relevant examples to most of the entries to help the reader clarify any ambiguities. It addresses many misused words and expressions, such as Allude vs. Elude, Good vs. Well, I vs. Me, Like vs. As, That vs. Which, Who vs. Whom, and the like. It gives rules of punctuation, talks about ending sentences with prepositions, and tackles issues like gendered language and wordiness. Overall, I recommend this book as a quick reference guide, even for professionals and scholars. However, serious writers should also read the classics on writing, such as Stephen King's On Writing and Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing, as well as my other recommendations listed in this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

    OUTSTANDING!

    An amazing book by an amazing writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    Wow, it's a life saver!

    This book is indespensable! It has a new home next to my computer, and it never leaves because I am always looking something up! It's a life saver! Thank you for writing it!

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