OLIVER STRUNK: 'THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE' (4th edition). First published in . (* E. B. White wrote this introduction for the edition.) I passed the course, . TheElements of Style byWilliam Strunk, Jr. Professor of English Cornell University Privately Printed Ithaca, New Yor. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition · Read more · The Elements of Style, Fourth The Elements of Style, 4th Edition. Read more · The Elements of UML Style.
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Put statements in positive form. Use definite, specific, concrete language. Omit needless words. Avoid a succession of loose sentences.
Express coordinate ideas in similar form. Keep related words together. In summaries, keep to one tense. Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end.
Words and Expressions Commonly Misused V. An Approach to Style with a List of Reminders 1. The fourth edition of The Elements of Style , published 54 years after Strunk's death, omits his stylistic advice about masculine pronouns: "unless the antecedent is or must be feminine".
White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator Charles Osgood , a glossary, and an index. Five years later, the fourth edition text was re-published as The Elements of Style Illustrated , with illustrations by the designer Maira Kalman.
This edition excludes the afterword by Charles Osgood and restores the first edition chapter on spelling. Reception[ edit ] The Elements of Style was listed as one of the best and most influential books written in English since by Time in its list. In criticizing The Elements of Style, Geoffrey Pullum , professor of linguistics at the University of Edinburgh , and co-author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language , said that: The book's toxic mix of purism, atavism, and personal eccentricity is not underpinned by a proper grounding in English grammar.
It is often so misguided that the authors appear not to notice their own egregious flouting of its own rules It's sad. Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Strunk and White, and the result is a nation of educated people who know they feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write however or than me or was or which, but can't tell you why.
Of course, it's short; at eighty-five pages it's much shorter than this one. It's sad.
Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Strunk and White, and the result is a nation of educated people who know they feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write however or than me or was or which, but can't tell you why. Of course, it's short; at eighty-five pages it's much shorter than this one.
I'll tell you right now that every aspiring writer should read The Elements of Style. Rule 17 in the chapter titled Principles of Composition is 'Omit needless words. Britt Peterson of the Boston Globe wrote that it was a "curious addition". Composed in and privately printed in The Elements of Style.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, Tenney[ edit ] The Elements and Practice of Composition.