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'an accessible and lively guide to English style and usage.'

Secondary and Higher Education Journal

'Richard Palmer…has a formidable grasp of the language and illustrates his points with some fascinating quotations.'

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

'…brisk, attractive and undogmatic, and a distinguishing feature of the whole book is his obvious enjoyment of his task. This book would undoubtedly help any trainee scientist to improve his skill in transferring information in English-and to enjoy doing so.'

Journal of Fluid Mechanics

'Anyone looking for a ready source of ideas to stretch KS4 English pupils and to extend the range in their writing needs search no further!'

'His book provides the necessary underpinning for any writer: confidence in handling language to its best effect in a register appropriate to the given task and audience.'

'…individual lovers of the language will also find much in it to delight and test them.'

Journal of the Headmasters' Conference Schools

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • From the Reviews: vi
  • Contents vii
  • List of Exercises xi
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • Preface xv
  • Part One - Engage Brain and Ear Before Writing 1
  • 1 - Disasters 3
  • 2 - Triumphs 9
  • Part Two - Foundations 13
  • 3 - Introduction 15
  • 4 - Bone Structure 16
  • 5 - Joints 28
  • Part Three - Style 65
  • 6 - Introduction: Style Versus Fashion 67
  • 7 - Fight the Flab 70
  • 8 - Voice 109
  • Part Four - Tailor-Made 139
  • 9 - Introduction 141
  • 10 - Letters 142
  • 11 - Essays 161
  • 12 - Articles 189
  • 13 - Reviews 192
  • 14 - Reports 194
  • 15 - Minutes 199
  • 16 - PrÉcis and Summary 203
  • 17 - Reportage 225
  • Part Five - Grammar Primer 229
  • 18 - Grammar Primer 231
  • 19 - Inflections 274
  • 20 - Syntax 286
  • 21 - Parts of Speech (Advanced) 294
  • 22 - Punctuation in Speech and Quotation 315
  • 23 - Spelling and Confusibles 327
  • Appendix: Answers to Exercises 343
  • Further Reading 355
  • Authors, Sources and Named References 359
  • Subject Index 361
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