Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English / Edition 1

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English / Edition 1

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by Patricia T. O'Conner
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573226254

ISBN-13: 2901573226256

Pub. Date: 08/01/1998

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The witty bestseller that untangled the knottiest problems in the English language is back-in a revised, expanded third edition that untangles more knots than ever.

In this updated version, Patricia T. O'Conner displays the same lively, irreverent humor that has charmed and enlightened hundreds of thousands of grateful readers. There are new chapters on spelling

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The witty bestseller that untangled the knottiest problems in the English language is back-in a revised, expanded third edition that untangles more knots than ever.

In this updated version, Patricia T. O'Conner displays the same lively, irreverent humor that has charmed and enlightened hundreds of thousands of grateful readers. There are new chapters on spelling and pronunciation, as well as fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage. But what O'Conner hasn't changed are what make Woe Is I a classic-its down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the mysteries that bedevil us all. O'Conner unscrambles the most complicated problems in simple, easy-to-understand language.

If you're a grammarphobe (or a grammarphile), Woe Is I has playfully breezy, jargon-free answers to all your questions about grammar, style, and usage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901573226256
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
240

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Woe Is I

Therapy for Pronoun Anxiety 1

Chapter 2 Plurals Before Swine

Blunders with Numbers 17

Chapter 3 Yours Truly

The Possessives and the Possessed 35

Chapter 4 They Beg to Disagree

Putting Verbs in their Place 47

Chapter 5 Verbal Abuse

Words on the Endangered List 79

Chapter 6 Spellbound

How to be Letter Perfect 129

Chapter 7 So to Speak

Talking Points on Pronunciation 149

Chapter 8 Comma Sutra

The Joy of Punctuation 163

Chapter 9 The Compleat Dangler

A Fish out of Water 189

Chapter 10 Death Sentence

Do Clichés Deserve to Die? 197

Chapter 11 The Living Dead

Let Bygone Rules be Gone 209

Chapter 12 Saying is Believing

How to Write what you Mean 223

Glossary 237

Bibliography 251

Index 255

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Woe Is I 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been criticized for years about my writing. I was always told I needed to look for a book to improve my writing skills. I would go to stores, looking for a book that would help, but I would end up using the book as a decoration for my shelves. Patricia T. O'Conner's book gave me hope. I went to Barnes and Nobles to try, yet again, to find a book on improving writing skills. I saw the intriguing title 'Woe is I' and decided to read the first few pages in the store. Finally! I found the book on grammar that could hold my attention. I bought it, and improved my writing with every chapter read. Thank you Patricia. You saved this college student from an intensive writing course. This book should become mandatory in schools across the country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great tool - written in plain English for Grammarphobes everywhere. I'm planning to use it in my 7th/8th grade English classrooms to supplement the text. This is a great find.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book cover to cover, and use it as a guide for my job as a technical editor. Far more user friendly than Strunk & White, and with a wit that makes it a pleasure to pick up. All the English teachers in the world should mandate the purchase of this book for their students- they will see writing skills increase and whining about assignments decline. Thank you, Ms. O'Conner.
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