The Elements of Style, Revised Edition, by William Strunk Jr. and Edward Foreword by Roger Angell. THE FIRST writer I watched at work was my stepfather. The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous . Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angell, stepson of E. B. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator. An approach to style. Responsibility: by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White ; [foreword by Roger Angell].

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To me, it still seems to maintain its original poise, standing, in a drafty time, erect, resolute, and assured. Why compound ignorance with inaudibility? The professor devotes a special paragraph to the vile expression the fact thata phrase that causes him to quiver oc revulsion.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

He also produced the second and third editions of The Elements of Styleby which time the book’s length had extended to 85 pages. Pinker, Steven, Published: Inthe Open Syllabus Project [22] lists The Elements of Style as the most frequently assigned text in US academic syllabi, based on an analysis oftexts appearing in over 1 million syllabi. Elementary Rules of Usage p. Place a forewodr before a conjunction introducing an independent clause p.

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Similar Items The sense of style: Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. Do not inject opinion p.

Use figures of speech sparingly p. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

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UTB Elsments facultas. Meantime, Professor Strunk had died. Macmillan and Company subsequently commissioned White to revise The Elements for a edition Strunk had died in Use the active voice p. Some years ago, when the heir to the throne angsll England was a child, I noticed a headline in the Times about Bonnie Prince Charlie: Style rules of this sort are, of course, somewhat a matter of individual preference, and even the established rules of grammar are open to challenge.


A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

More than ten million copies of three editions were later sold. The book was known on the campus in those days as “the little book,” with the stress on the word “little. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that he make every word tell. A Manual for Writers List of style guide abbreviations. Having recovered from his adventure in prolixity fifty-nine words were a lot of words in the tight world of William Strunk Jr.

From every line there peers out at me the puckish face of my professor, his short hair parted neatly in the middle and combed down over his forehead, his eyes blinking incessantly behind steel-rimmed spectacles as though he had just emerged into strong light, his lips nibbling each other like nervous horses, his smile shuttling to and fro under a carefully edged mustache. Pullum has argued, for example, that the authors misunderstood what constitutes the passive forwwordand he criticized their proscription of established and unproblematic English usages, such as the split infinitive and the use of which in a restrictive relative clause.

The book’s toxic mix of angelo, atavism, and personal eccentricity is not underpinned by a proper grounding in English grammar. Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angellstepson of E. The Elements of Stylewhen I reexamined it inseemed to me to contain rich deposits of gold. In summaries, keep to one tense p. Why can’t I get this right? How simple they look, set down here in White’s last chapter: The original was composed by William Strunk Jr.

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Do not construct awkward adverbs p. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Write in a way that comes naturally p. You’ve probably used this book yourself.

Perhaps the book has become something of a curiosity. Archived from the original on Sylvia Plath has knocked Keats out of coreword box, and I notice that “America” has become “this country” in a sample text, to forestall a subsequent and possibly demeaning “she” in the same paragraph.

Studentry has taken its place. A Manual for Writers. In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last p. What’s wrong with me, each one thinks. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ‘s. Prefer the standard to the offbeat p. Do not join independent clauses with a comma p.

The Elements of Style. The Elements of Style 2nd ed. Views Read Edit View history. Use definite, specific, concrete language p. He disliked the word forceful and advised us to use forcible instead.

The first writer I watched at work was my stepfather, E. Do not explain too much p.