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How Not To Write: Simple guidelines for the grammatically perplexed: A Plain English Approach Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749926015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749926014
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terence Denman has been an instructor with the UK-based Plain English Campaign for the last six years and has trained hundreds of people from both the public and private sectors in how to write clearly and concisely. He lives in London

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 17 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Terence Denman is an instructor with the Plain English Campaign, a U.K. based, but world-wide organization dedicated to improving writing skills and promoting the use of crystal-clear language in business and government communications. In this wonderful little book, Mr. Denman lays out ten grammar tips on better writing and ten writing myths that will foil your attempts at clear and concise writing. Using a great deal of wit, he educates the reader on many common errors that people make while writing, and steers you quite handily towards better English.
This is a great book, one that should be read over and over again, and studied like a school book. Indeed, this would make a wonderful foundation for a class on clear writing given to all office workers! The author does an excellent job of writing in a fun and easy to read manner, which makes reading the book both educational and entertaining. I greatly enjoy this book, and hope that studying it will improve my writing skills. My hat's off to Mr. Denman for writing such an excellent book!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grammar Fan on 8 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Denman lost my confidence in his writing, advice and expertise when he decided that the word "none" as the subject of a sentence, warranted a plural verb.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Town on 11 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. It's clear, easy to read and full of useful examples that will improve most people's writing. It's a very user-friendly book.

I now understand a number of areas that were previously a mystery to me. The thing I like most about this book is the friendly, witty and very human tone. And, sadly, that's not at all common. Mr Denman has written an outstanding guide for people who want to improve their writing and understanding of English.

I've also read several guides to punctuation and endorse Mr Denman's recommendation of 'The Penguin Guide to Punctuation' by R.L. Trask. This is the clearest and best guide ever written on this subject.

Many so called academics who believe they can write, and actually prouduce pretentious twaddle, would benefit from following Mr Denham's guidance.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AA Olusanya on 21 Dec. 2007
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I have been shown how to write better in a very easy to follow way - and this book has also been able to give me the opportunity of realising what I have done wrong previously.

Having been Trained by Mr Denman at L&Q, I have also been given practical instructions on better communiaction through writing - and this is also reflected throughout the book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Mayne on 16 Mar. 2015
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This is liberating book! Worth a read.
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