The Complete Plain Words (HMSO Hardback)

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9780117011212: The Complete Plain Words (HMSO Hardback)

The Complete Plain Words is the essential guide for anyone who needs to express themselves clearly, fluently and accurately in writing.

Whether you are working on paper or on a computer, this invaluable reference work will lead you through the intricacies, problems and pleasures of the English language with wit, common sense and authority.

  • Deals with the dangers of jargon, cliché and superfluous words
  • Covers strategies for choosing the right word in any situation
  • Lays out the ground rules of grammar and punctuation and shows how to avoid the pitfalls
  • Discusses the influence of science and technology, and other cultures
  • Gives suggestions for drafting letters
  • Provides a list of words to use with care

Sir Ernest Gowers (1880-1966) advised numerous commissions and committees on a wide variety of subjects from work conditions to the preservation of historic houses.

Sidney Greenbaum (1929-1996) was Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of London, a Director of the Survey of English Usage and the author of many books on grammar and linguistics including A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985).

Janet Whitcut has worked on a number of prestigious dictionaries, including the Longman Dictionary of the English Language (1984) and is now a freelance writer with a special interest in language and lexicography.

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Covers the issues in the choice and handling of words - will energise anyone with a writing job to do. Offers a checklist of words and phrases to be used with care - will save many a writer from committing embarrassing blunders by writing something unintended, misleading or downright foolish.

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