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WHAT NOT TO WRITE: A Guide to the Dos and Don'ts of Good English

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WHAT NOT TO WRITE: A Guide to the Dos and Don'ts of Good English

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WHAT NOT TO WRITE: A Guide to the Dos and Don'ts of Good English by Kay Sayce ISBN O 9552798 O 1 152 pages, hardback RRP £8.99*

Published by Words at Work, London West Hill House, 6 Swains Lane, London N6 6QS, United Kingdom.

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THIS is a book to be read in stages. Try it all too quickly, and your head will spin. But do read it from cover to cover; after doing so you'll be left in no doubt as to its usefulness.

Written by Kay Sayce, it covers those conundrums faced by anyone who has to write letters, e-mails, reports, essays; generally any text. Punctuation, commonly mis-spelt words, fundamentals of English language, hints and tips - they're all here.

The overall tone of the book is to remind readers to keep correspondence short and to the point, and avoid using three words where one better word would do. The suggestion to accentuate positives (for example "Those scoring over ten do... " reads better than "Those scoring under ten do not....") was good to see included.

One could be picky in parts. On page 28, "Beginnings and Endings", including dis- as a common prefix, but omitting un-, was noticed. Similarly, page 34, suggesting that ". …

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