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Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose Hardcover – 1 Jan 2000

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  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767903080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767903080
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,944,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Horberry on 28 May 2002
Format: Paperback
...as the author admits in the final sentence, it'll only take you so far. Sure, it's easy to read and full of entertaining examples but (and this applies to all grammar books) you can't hold all this stuff in your head as you write, so it's of limited practical use. The sub-head ("How to craft wickedly effective prose") is rather wide of the mark because it's basically theoretical. I did enjoy it though, and I leared a thing or two, so four stars despite the lack of "how to" material.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
It's not often that a grammar book causes grins, giggles, even guffaws, but Constance Hale's Sin and Syntax is not an ordinary grammar book. The entertaining examples, from sources as diverse as Mark Twain, the Bible and wine bottle labels, illustrate the "bones," "flesh," "cardinal sins," and "carnal pleasures" of each grammatical point. After Sin and Syntax, I read children's books from a new perspective. Good preschool books are often peppered with action verbs, strong adjectives and elegant simplicity. Best of all, this grammar book inspired me to start writing again! Choosing the right word is now a puzzle to be solved, and creativity oozes from every email I send.
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Constance Hale's "Sin and Syntax" is a witty and readable guide to grammar and good word usage. It positively encourages you to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and create prose that people want to read. She entreats you to ponder the richness of language and not to settle for humdrum and mediocre words. The book helps you to consider what written style is and motivates you to develop your own. This is a great guide to help aspiring modern writers.
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This is an entertaining read to help the writer. It was a recommended book for a course and has proved to be informative and much better than the usual dull books about the fascinating English language.
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By Clara Dupree on 29 Jan. 2015
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Thick and syrupy with perceived wisdom.

If I took any of it to heart, I wouldn't write at all.
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