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The Economist Style Guide: A Comprehensive Guide for All Your Business Communications (Economist Books) Hardcover – Apr 1998

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471248398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471248392
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,267,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An authoritative reference on clear, concise writing

Witty, concise, and enlightening, The Economist Style Guide is an authoritative resource for all your written communications. Based on the style guide used by the writers for the renowned international business journal acclaimed for its crisp, clear writing, this practical guide offers unerring guidance on grammar, usage, and style in business communications.

Providing sage advice on writing in general ("Use the language of everyday speech"; "Long paragraphs, like long sentences, confuse the reader"; "Don't overdo the use of don't, isn't, can't, won't, etc."), the Guide clarifies such perpetual questions as: compare with (emphasizes differences) and compare to (similarities) different---used with from, not to or than affect (to have an influence on) and effect (to accomplish)

There's also invaluable information on international business terms and abbreviations, political and geographical facts, units of measurement, currencies, trade classifications, differences between American and British English, and much more.

In today's high-speed business environment, the ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and concisely is essential to professional success. The Economist Style Guide has become the reference of choice for businesspeople everywhere who need practical, authoritative advice on how to improve their written communications.

Developed from the style guide used by those who work for The Economist--the international business journal renowned for its writing excellence--this handy resource provides easily accessible answers to the numerous questions of usage, grammar, and style that frequently arise in the course of a business day.

Offering invaluable guidance on the principles of good writing, The Economist Style Guide defines commonly misused words and expressions, and explains the correct use of punctuation, abbreviations, capital letters, and more --all illustrated with an abundance of amusing examples.

As an aid to those engaged in international business, the Guide supplies a wealth of handy reference material on such areas as units of measurement, political and geographical terms, currencies, trade classifications, differences between American and British English, and much more.

Whether you are dashing off a quick e-mail message or preparing a formal report, The Economist Style Guide will help you hone your language skills and sharpen all your business communications. It is an indispensable aid to clarity and precision that will prove its value again and again as the reference book you'll keep within reach whenever you write.

About the Author

THE ECONOMIST, launched in 1843, is the most authoritative and influential international news and business magazine, and is read widely by top decision-makers across the world.

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ABBREVIATIONS. Unless an abbreviation or acronym is so familiar that it is used more often than the full form (eg, BBC, CIA, DNA, EU, FBI, GATT, IMF, NATO, OECD), write the words in full on first appearance: thus Trades Union Congress (not TUC). Read the first page
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
A useful reference, well written of course, a bit humourous in spots, authoritative. Recommended.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
depends 6 Dec. 2001
By Lily's pet human - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The usefulness of this volume will depend both on your target
audience and on your "native" English (Oxford or American).
If you are a scientist writing papers in American English,
the book will be of limited value since some of the "no-noes"
of the Economist Style Guide (e.g. writing in the passive
voice) are accepted conventions of the genre, and some of the
usage recommendations are specific to Oxford English. By the
same token, the volume will be quite helpful when writing
documents addressing a general audience in the UK, Canada, or "down under".
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A useful reference 3 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A useful reference, well written of course, a bit humourous in spots, authoritative. Recommended.
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