The Elements of Style by William StrunkThe Elements of Style by William Strunk

The Elements of Style

byWilliam Strunk, E. B. White

Paperback | August 26, 1999

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You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.
William Strunk, Jr. first used his own book, The Elements of Style, in 1919 for his English 8 course at Cornell University. The book was published in 1935 by Oliver Strunk. E. B. White was a student in Professor Strunk's class at Cornell, and used "the little book" for himself. Commissioned by Macmillan to revise Strunk's book...
Title:The Elements of StyleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:105 pages, 6.9 × 4.5 × 0.4 inPublished:August 26, 1999Language:English

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Table of Contents




 1.Form the Possessive Singular of Nouns by Adding 's.

 2.In a Series of Three or More Terms with a Single Conjunction, Use a Comma after Each Term except the Last.

 3.Enclose Parenthetic Expressions between Commas.

 4.Place a Comma before a Conjunction Introducing an Independent Clause.

 5.Do Not Join Independent Clauses with a Comma.

 6.Do Not Break Sentences in Two.

 7.Use a Colon after an Independent Clause to Introduce a List of Particulars, an Appositive, an Amplification, or an Illustrative Question.

 8.Use a Dash to Set Off an Abrupt Break or Interruption and to Announce a Long Appositive or Summary.

 9.The Number of the Subject Determines the Number of the Verb.

10.Use the Proper Case of Pronoun.

11.A Participial Phrase at the Beginning of the Sentence Must Refer to the Grammatical Subject.


12.Choose a Suitable Sesign and Hold to It.

13.Make the Paragraph the unit of Composition.

14.Use the Active Voice.

15.Put Statements in Positive Form.

16.Use Definite, Specific, Concrete Language.

17.Omit Needless Words.

18.Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences.

19.Express Coordinate Ideas in Similar Form.

20.Keep Related Words Together.

21.In Summaries, Keep to One Tense.

22.Place the Emphatic Words of a Sentence at the End.




 1.Place Yourself in the Background.

 2.Write in a Way That Comes Naturally.

 3.Work From a Suitable Style.

 4.Write with Nouns and Verbs.

 5.Revise and Rewrite.

 6.Do Not Overwrite.

 7.Do Not Overstate.

 8.Avoid the Use of Qualifiers.

 9.Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner.

10.Use Orthodox Spelling.

11.Do Not Explain Too Much.

12.Do Not Construct Awkward Adverbs.

13.Make Sure the Reader Knows Who is Speaking.

14.Avoid Fancy Words.

15.Do Not Use Dialect Unless Your Ear Is Good.

16.Be Clear.

17.Do Not Inject Opinion.

18.Use Figures of Speech Sparingly.

19.Do Not Take Shortcuts at the Cost of Clarity.

20.Avoid Foreign Languages.

21.Prefer the Standard to the Offbeat.



From Our Editors

This celebrated guide has been passing along the principles of plain English style to millions of readers since its inception in 1979. Whether writing letters, manifestos, essays, short stories, novels or public notices, students can benefit from the tutelage presented within The Elements of Style. It can show them how to cut what's unnecessary out of their sentences so that they can deliver effective writing by way of simplicity, order and sincerity. E. B. White and William Strunk Jr.'s best-seller combines their wealth of experience with the language to deliver the key to potent communication.