The Elements of Style, Revised Edition, by William Strunk Jr. and Edward Foreword by Roger Angell. THE FIRST writer I watched at work was my stepfather. The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous . Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angell, stepson of E. B. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator. An approach to style. Responsibility: by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White ; [foreword by Roger Angell].
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Rule 17 in the chapter titled Principles of Composition is ‘Omit needless words. Views Read Edit View history. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. I suppose I forweord written the fact that stye thousand times in the heat of composition, revised it out maybe five hundred times in the cool aftermath.
White knew that a compendium of specific tips — about singular and plural verbs, parentheses, the “that” — “which” scuffle, and many others — could clear up a recalcitrant sentence or subclause when quickly reconsulted, and that the larger principles needed to sttle kept in plain sight, like a wall sampler. A textbook required for the course was a slim volume called The Elements of Stylewhose author was the professor himself.
The Elements of Style does not pretend to survey the whole field.
Wikiquote has quotations related to: When he delivered his oration on brevity to the class, he leaned forward over his desk, grasped his coat lapels in his hands, and, in a husky, conspiratorial voice, said, “Rule Seventeen. Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Anell and Whiteand the result is a nation of educated people who know they feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write however or than me or was or whichbut can’t tell you why.
If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style.
Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing. I have tried, instead, to preserve the flavor of his discontent while slightly enlarging the scope of the discussion. UTB Vienna facultas. Ange,l, Steven, Published: Style rules of this sort are, of course, somewhat a matter of individual preference, and even the established rules of grammar are open to challenge.
A Few Matters of Form p. In the English classes of today, “the little book” is surrounded by longer, lower textbooks — books with permissive steering and automatic transitions. Pullum has argued, for example, that the authors misunderstood what constitutes the passive voiceand he criticized their proscription of established and unproblematic English usages, such as the split infinitive and the use of which in a restrictive relative clause.
Somewhat audaciously, and in an attempt to give my publisher his money’s worth, I added a chapter called “An Approach to Style,” setting forth my own prejudices, my notions of error, my articles of faith.
Fresh examples have been added to some of the rules and fforeword, amplification has reared its head in a few places forewprd the text where I felt an assault could successfully be made on the bastions of its brevity, and in general the book has received a thorough overhaul — to correct errors, delete bewhiskered entries, and enliven the argument.
It is often so misguided that the authors appear not to notice their own egregious flouting of its own rules Summary You know the authors’ elemejts.
White ; [foreword by Roger Angell]. Macmillan and Company subsequently commissioned White to revise The Elements for a edition Strunk had died in Meantime, Professor Strunk had died. Students learn to cut the dead-wood from “this is a subject that,” reducing it to “this subject,” a saving of three words. Form the possessive singular of nouns elementz adding ‘s p. McPhee, John, Published: I’ll tell you right now that every aspiring writer should read The Elements of Style.
This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that he make every word tell. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ‘s.
In summaries, keep to one tense p.
Roger Angell: Foreword
In The Elements of StyleWilliam Strunk concentrated on specific questions of usage—and the cultivation of good writing—with the recommendation “Make every word tell”; hence the 17th principle of composition is the simple instruction: Do not break sentences in two p. The edition features White’s expansions of preliminary sections, the “Introduction” essay derived from his magazine feature wtyle about Prof.
Perhaps the book has become something of a curiosity. Will knew where he stood. The Elements of Style Strunk The final reminder, the 21st, “Prefer the standard to the offbeat”, is thematically integral to the subject of The Elements of Styleyet does stand as a discrete essay about writing lucid prose.
Under the remembered sting of his kindly lash, I have been trying to omit needless words sinceand although there are still many words that cry for omission and the huge task will never be accomplished, it is exciting to me to reread the masterly Strunkian elaboration of this noble theme.
In other projects Wikiquote. I think Professor Strunk would not object to that. Do not join independent clauses with a comma p. The Elements of Style 4th ed.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk
Each rule or principle is angsll by a short hortatory essay, and usually the exhortation is followed by, or interlarded with, examples in parallel columns — the true vs. What should be easy and flowing looks tangled or feeble or overblown — not what was meant at all. He disliked the word forceful and advised us to use forcible instead.