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What Not to Write: An A-to-Z of the Dos and Don'ts of Good English Hardcover – 1 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Words at Work (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955279801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955279805
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,095,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A useful pocket-sized reference book on writing good English. -- London Broadcasting Corporation (LBC)

Apart from the normal alphabetic entries, there are also boxes giving guidance in specialised areas. Primarily written for business writers, What Not To Write provides an equally good style guide for creative writers. -- Writing Magazine, January 2007

Do read this book from cover to cover; after doing so you'll be left in no doubt as to its usefulness. It is interesting, useful and sensibly laid out, and as with a dictionary, all offices should have access to such a book. -- Manager (British Journal of Administrative Management), January 2007

This easy-to-reference guide is a response to the rise in computer literacy and the seeming demise of literacy au naturale. It leads you by the hand along the road of literary clarification. -- North Magazine, December 2006

This pocket-sized book is peppered with amusing drawings and is ideal for all those moments when you are pondering, for example, on the difference between a colon and a semi-colon. -- North London Times , December 2006

From the Publisher

A must for every business. The best guide you'll find to business English, with invaluable information on written English and English grammar and puncutation.

Rights sold: Indian subcontinent; South-East Asia; Southern Africa

Rights being negotiated: Caribbean; China; East Africa; Japan; West Africa

Representation: Middle East

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I teach mostly international students in Asia, and I love this handy little reference book. It is surprisingly thorough for such a thin publication

I enthusiastically recommend that all international schools using English as their primary language should buy a copy for every English teacher on staff.

It does an excellent job of explaining/listing/illustrating the finer points of contemporary standards of style and diction. It is especially thorough in its identification of the plethora of variations between British and North American language, punctuation, and style...(through the relevant context of contemporary international business English). To be honest, it helps me the most when advising native English speakers (English, American, Australian, New Zealanders, Indians, etc.), including older teenaged students and less-knowledgeable colleagues.

Here's a secret: some English teachers don't read as many (non-literary) texts and periodicals as they should. Nor do they easily let go of their favorite English absolutes: you know, those arbitrary rules that were perhaps considered correct 50 years ago, but are meaningless today? This book treats even the most traditional opinions with respect, while explaining the necessity of leaving arbitrary rules behind in favor of clear and effective communication...(e.g., ending a sentence with a preposition, or splitting infinitives).

The bottom line--this book is excellent and easy to use.

English teachers should not be expected to keep up with all the changes to the standards of the new brand of English used more and more in international communication and business. It explains rules/rationales so learning can be based on logic and understanding--rather than rote memorization of lists and vocabulary. It also includes several helpful tools, such as the FOG index calculator.
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I absolutely LOVE this book, it has enhanced my writing to a great extent! DEFINITELY A Must for every desk (as the book states!)
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