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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style (2019 original; edició 2019)

de Benjamin Dreyer (Autor)

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"Authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hundreds of books he has copyedited, including works by Elizabeth Strout, E. L. Doctorow, and Frank Rich, into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best foot forward in writing prose. Dreyer offers lessons on the ins and outs of punctuation and grammar, including how to navigate the words he calls 'the confusables,' like tricky homophones; the myriad ways to use (and misuse) a comma; and how to recognize--though not necessarily do away with--the passive voice. (Hint: If you can plausibly add 'by zombies' to the end of a sentence, it's passive.) People are sharing their writing more than ever--on blogs, on Twitter--and this book lays out, clearly and comprehensibly, everything writers can do to keep readers focused on the real reason writers write: to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. Chock-full of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts on the rules (and nonrules) of the English language, this book will prove invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people's prose, and--perhaps best of all--an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language"--… (més)
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Títol:Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
Autors:Benjamin Dreyer (Autor)
Informació:Random House (2019), 320 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Grammar, Language

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  18cran | Jun 7, 2021 |
This book was a lot of fun. Probably about as much fun as one can possibly have while reading about grammar rules. The first half was particularly good. The second half is a little tougher to read straight through, as it consists primarily of long lists of common spelling and grammar mistakes. But even that was decently fun to read through. ( )
  kapheine | Apr 6, 2021 |
At the outset, I liked this one a lot. The author struck a good balance between throwing out dumb usage rules and insisting on ones I like to insist on, and I felt like I had found one of my people. But the more I read, the more annoying I found the book. It's full of digressions, which are fine in general and were often funny or informative, but it was also a little self-conscious and really just unnecessary, and often I just found them to be sort of a tic of the author's style that grated. Later in the book, the author presented a number of lists that were useful and for which he provided helpful and sometimes humorous blurbs, but it became a bit of a slog to read them all. I wanted to rate this book a 4 when I first dug into it, but in the end, it didn't really measure up to a 4 for me. I'd still recommend it for anybody who's really interested in usage and style, especially if they've got a little patience. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
5725. Dreyer's English An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, by Benjamin Dreyer (read 28 Dec 2020) I know one does not read a dictionary cover-to-cover and this book is sort of like a dictionary, But I set out to read it and I found it so engaging that I simply decided to read the whole thing--and I never was bored, as each thing talked about was of interest. Most of what he says about style I found worth reading and usually agreed with and the things I did not know I felt he was right about. Sometimes I did not know what he told, as, e.g., that "callus" is the way one spells a thickening of the skin as distinguished from "callous", being hard-hearted. But ordinarily I thought I knew what he said was right. He is a copy editor and discusses rules, punctuation, numbers, foreign words, misspelled words, proper nouns, etc. What amazed me was that each thing discussed was of value and I never thought his comments were other than of interest. No doubt I do not always write as he says one should--as a copy editor he claims he often looks things up and always looks up how to spell, e.g., Zbigniew Brzezinski--as surely everyone must --and no doubt no one can blame him for that ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 18, 2020 |
Middle section occasionally skimmable, but resist, dear reader! There are still snort-worthy bits!! ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
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"Authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hundreds of books he has copyedited, including works by Elizabeth Strout, E. L. Doctorow, and Frank Rich, into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best foot forward in writing prose. Dreyer offers lessons on the ins and outs of punctuation and grammar, including how to navigate the words he calls 'the confusables,' like tricky homophones; the myriad ways to use (and misuse) a comma; and how to recognize--though not necessarily do away with--the passive voice. (Hint: If you can plausibly add 'by zombies' to the end of a sentence, it's passive.) People are sharing their writing more than ever--on blogs, on Twitter--and this book lays out, clearly and comprehensibly, everything writers can do to keep readers focused on the real reason writers write: to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. Chock-full of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts on the rules (and nonrules) of the English language, this book will prove invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people's prose, and--perhaps best of all--an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language"--

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