Woe Is I The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English

ISBN-10: 157322331X

ISBN-13: 9781573223317

Edition: 3rd (Revised)

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Description: It's been called "possibly the most popular book on grammar ever published." Now the witty bestseller that took the nation by storm is back in a revised, expanded edition with new dos and don'ts from top to bottom. In this new Woe Is I, Patricia T. O'Conner displays the same fresh, irreverent humor that has charmed hundreds of thousands of readers. There are new chapters on spelling and pronunciation, and updates throughout. But you'll find the same down-to-earth explanations in clear, plain English-the same sensible solutions to the grammar mysteries that bug even the best of us. O'Conner manages to unscramble the most complicated problems in simple, easyto- swallow language. So you won't encounter the kind of intimidating terminology that made you want to skip your high school English class. This funny, wise, and indispensable guide shows readers how to: • avoid the persistent grammatical errors that tie everyone-even presidents!- in knots • watch their tongues and learn to pronounce commonly mangled words • correctly use dozens of much-abused words and phrases Whatever your problem-intimidated by possessives? puzzled over pronouns? clueless about how to say "banal"?-the updated Woe Is I provides witty, jargon-free answers to all your questions about the basics as well as the subtleties of grammar, style, and usage. No wonder The Atlanta Journal-Constitutioncalled O'Conner's classic "the best primer on English usage to come along since Strunk and White's The Elements of Style."

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Patrcia T. O'Conner was an editor at the New York Times Book Review when she wrote Woe Is I. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Newsweek. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Stewart Kellerman.

Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Woe Is I
Therapy for Pronoun Anxiety
Plurals Before Swine
Blunders with Numbers
Yours Truly
The Possessives and the Possessed
They Beg to Disagree
Putting Verbs in their Place
Verbal Abuse
Words on the Endangered List
Spellbound
How to be Letter Perfect
So to Speak
Talking Points on Pronunciation
Comma Sutra
The Joy of Punctuation
The Compleat Dangler
A Fish out of Water
Death Sentence
Do Clich�s Deserve to Die?
The Living Dead
Let Bygone Rules be Gone
Saying is Believing
How to Write what you Mean
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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