Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English(Third Edition) / Edition 3

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English(Third Edition) / Edition 3

by Patricia T. O'Conner
     
 

It's been called "possibly the most popular book on grammar ever published." Now the witty bestseller that took the nation by storm is back in a revised, expanded edition with new dos and don'ts from top to bottom.

In this new Woe Is I, Patricia T. O'Conner displays the same fresh, irreverent humor that has charmed hundreds of thousands of readers. There

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It's been called "possibly the most popular book on grammar ever published." Now the witty bestseller that took the nation by storm is back in a revised, expanded edition with new dos and don'ts from top to bottom.

In this new Woe Is I, Patricia T. O'Conner displays the same fresh, irreverent humor that has charmed hundreds of thousands of readers. There are new chapters on spelling and pronunciation, and updates throughout. But you'll find the same down-to-earth explanations in clear, plain English-the same sensible solutions to the grammar mysteries that bug even the best of us. O'Conner manages to unscramble the most complicated problems in simple, easyto- swallow language. So you won't encounter the kind of intimidating terminology that made you want to skip your high school English class. This funny, wise, and indispensable guide shows readers how to:

avoid the persistent grammatical errors that tie everyone-even presidents!? in knots
• watch their tongues and learn to pronounce commonly mangled words
• correctly use dozens of much-abused words and phrases Whatever your problem-intimidated by possessives? puzzled over pronouns? clueless about how to say "banal"-the updated Woe Is I provides witty, jargon-free answers to all your questions about the basics as well as the subtleties of grammar, style, and usage. No wonder The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called O'Conner's classic fithe best primer on English usage to come along since Strunk and White's The Elements of Style.?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594488900
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/17/2009
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
542,841
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Woe Is I: Therapy for Pronoun Anxiety 1

2 Plurals Before Swine: Blunders with Numbers 19

3 Yours Truly: The Possessives and the Possessed 37

4 They Beg to Disagree: Putting Verbs in Their Place 49

5 Verbal Abuse: Words on the Endangered List 81

6 Comma Sutra: The Joy of Punctuation 133

7 The Compleat Dangler: A Fish out of Water 159

8 Death Sentence: Do Cliches Deserve to Die? 167

9 The Living Dead: Let Bygone Rules Be Gone 181

10 Saying Is Believing: How to Write What You Mean 195

11 E-Mail Intuition: Does Anything Go? 205

Glossary 219

Bibliography 231

Index 233

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