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VINE VOICEon 5 July 2003
This book is incredibly useful for anyone writing prose, be that fiction or non-fiction. It begins with several recommendations concerning the use of words, grammar, and punctuation. It moves on to a list of words that are often misused (or overused, in the author's opinion); and the final chapter is on how to develop your own writing style.
First written several decades ago, it still has a refreshing directness to it ("'Prestigious' is an adjective of last resort: it is in the dictionary, but you don't have to use it"), and, though some of the advice is the opinion of the author only as opposed to reflecting concrete grammatical rules, I couldn't help but agree with nearly everything that he pointed out; for example, his advice that words such as 'very', 'rather', 'pretty' and so on should be avoided if possible.
Interesting reading, though perhaps more of a reference book. The introduction and final chapter are good on how to apply the principles talked of in the body of the book itself.
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on 11 November 1998
I first met this book at age 13, when I was planning to become a writer. Later English teachers foisted huge tomes upon me, all purporting to teach me how to write correctly and well. But none of those books taught me as much as this gem. Besides fixing many important grammar bugaboos, it teaches you to listen to the way your writing really sounds, and to develop your own sense of style. I still reread it, still follow its advice, and still enthusiastically recommend it to my students.
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on 10 December 2013
This book should be right up there alongside your dictionaries, Thesaurus, grammars and books on language usage. If you want your work to be read, you need to work to a standard and this book will help you achieve it. Microsoft Word Spellchecker and so-called grammar software won't do the job. You need a proper book on style. this is it.
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on 13 November 2011
elegant, precise, and tells you all you need without long introductions and agonising prose. an excellent well-laid out reference book for all writers, fiction and non-fiction.
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on 19 June 1998
This book should be required reading for all students and professionals. I cannot praise it highly enough.
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on 19 October 1998
Strunk and White are indeed authoritative--and have been for several decades. Let's get over them. They are far too conservative for most writing today (who still insists on saying "I shall" and "the data are"?). Succumb not to the peer pressure of those who would have you utilize this brief tome. Be a free thinker, and write as you might, not as you ought. If you need to understand language per se, try Stephen Pinker's _The Language Instinct_, also for sale at this Web site. If you need a refresher course in grammar, try your old eighth-grade grammar textbook. If you need a style guide, try the _MLA_ or the _Chicago Manual of Style_. If you think you need a rhetoric, learn Ancient Greek and peruse the rhetorikoi of the true masters.
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on 2 April 1997
Strunk and White brilliantly advise: brevity pays.
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on 12 July 2016
great
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on 22 February 2014
The book was advertised as 'with some markings'.

It arrived with EVERY SINGLE PAGE HIGHLIGHTED. Not just a little highlighted. A ton. This is far more than 'some markings'.

Very disappointed. I will not use this provider again.
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on 7 August 2010
It's second hand and it is in a really good condition

5 star's
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