GUIDE TO CORRECT ENGLISH by Clarence Stratton
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GUIDE TO CORRECT ENGLISH

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Have you ever thought back with a certain nostalgia to your own triumphs over the intricacies of English grammar and the satisfactions of English rhetoric? And, conversely, found yourself annoyed over the modern diagramming which slices good sentence structure into a jigsaw puzzlo?...This book will delight you, for here are the old half-remembered rules that you've tried to produce to support your contentions that certain expressions have no basis in rules, that other expressions have authority in usage, but that you must know the rules in order to break them judiciously. If you are already word conscious, this will make you more so, but give you comfort. If you should be word conscious, this will chart the read. Its purpose is to ""aid you in attaining correctness of expression"", and every part of speech gets a double going over, -- first, the rules for understanding its every phase, with ample illustration and exercise in application; second, the uses, purposes and effects in sentences of correct usage, and the pitfalls thereof. The reasons for rules -- the philosophy back of them, both are presented with a commonsense flexibility. Punctuation is treated as virtually equivalent to a part of speech, on a purely functional basis. The end impression is that synthesis is more important than analysis -- and that correct English is indubitably a part of an educated person's equipment.

Pub Date: March 14th, 1949
Publisher: Whittlesey