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How Not To Write: Simple guidelines for the grammatically perplexed Paperback – 22 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749927038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749927035
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 8 people found the following review helpful By Wyvernfriend VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2007
It's a great guide to grammar and suggestions of how to write better business English. Littered with some real-life examples of corporate-speak this guide stresses simple, effective writing without jargon.

Terence Denman makes this normally stuffy topic quite readable and easy to follow. A book for almost anyone who writes as part of their job.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Town on 12 Oct. 2008
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.

I now understand a number of areas that I previously found confusing. 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.

The book is clearly set out and has a helpful index that gets you quickly to the word or subject that you want to find.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Young on 21 Aug. 2007
I'd recommend this book for anyone who needs to write as part of their work - and that includes most of us!

It's packed full of simple writing tips to get you writing in plain English - but what I really liked was the debunking of the grammar myths. These are "rules" that you might remember from school or college (or heaven help you, a grammar book) that get in the way of writing clear, concise, conversational writing at work.

This is good value book and well worth the investment, not just for the grammatically perplexed but for anyone who wants to be a master of plain English.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Smallstar on 4 April 2014
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Well written guide to good writing! Terence Denman gives good, clear examples of how grammar works, and how to use it.
Sometimes the jokes may seen a little intrusive, but if you read this book, you will absorb the rules of grammar and your writing will never look back.

I think there is a place for this book in every government department!
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