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Glamour of Grammar A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English

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ISBN-10: 0316027901

ISBN-13: 9780316027908

Edition: 2011

Authors: Roy Peter Clark, Roy Peter Clark

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Early in the history of English, the words "grammar" and "glamour" meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author ofWriting Toolsand the forthcomingHelp! For Writers,aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. Now in paperback, this widely praised practical guide demonstrates everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. Above all, Clark teaches readers how to master grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. In a world where we comminucate more and more through emails and text messages, how you…    
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Book details

List price: $11.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 9/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Roy Peter Clark was born in 1948 in New York City and raised on Long Island. He graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island with a degree in English and earned a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was hired by St. Petersburg Times in 1977 to become a writing coach. He worked with the American Society of Newspaper Editors to improve newspaper writing nationwide. He was soon elected a distinguished service member which was a rare honor for a journalist who has never edited a newspaper. He has nurtured Pulitzer Prize winning writers such as Thomas French and Diana Sugg. He has worked full-time at The Poynter Institute starting in 1979 as director of the writing…    

Introduction: Embrace grammar as powerful and purposeful
Read dictionaries for fun and learning
Avoid speed bumps caused by misspellings
Adopt a favorite letter of the alphabet
Honor the smallest distinctions even between a and the
Consult a thesaurus to remind yourself of words you already know
Take a class on how to cross-dress the parts of speech
Enjoy, rather than fear, words that sound alike
Learn seven ways to invent words
Become your own lexicographer
Take advantage of the short-word economy of English
Learn when and how to enrich your prose with foreign words
Use the period to determine emphasis and space
Advocate use of the serial comma
Use the semicolon as a "swinging gate"
Embrace the three amigos: colon, dash, and parentheses
Let your ear help govern the possessive apostrophe
Take advantage of the versatility of quotation marks
Use the question mark to generate reader curiosity and narrative energy
Reclaim the exclamation point
Master the elliptical art of leaving things out
Reach into the "upper case" to unleash the power of names
Vary your use of punctuation to create special effects
Learn to lie or lay, as well as the principles behind the distinction
Avoid the "trap" of subject-verb disagreement
Render gender equality with a smooth style
Place modifiers where they belong
Help the reader learn what is "essential" and "nonessential."
Avoid case mistakes and "hypergrammar."
Be certain about the uncertain subjunctive and other "moody" subjects
Identify all sources of ambiguity and confusion
Show what is literal and what is figurative
Join subjects and verbs, or separate them for effect
Use active and passive verbs in combination and with a purpose
Befriend the lively verb to be
Switch tenses, but only for strategic reasons
Politely ignore the language crotchets of others
Learn the five forms of well-crafted sentences
Make sentence fragments work for you and the reader
Use the complex sentence to connect unequal ideas
Learn how expert writers break the rules in run-on sentences
Master the uses of nonstandard English
Add a pinch of dialect for flavor
Tame taboo language to suit your purposes
Unleash your associative imagination
Play with sounds, natural and literary
Master the distinction between denotation and connotation
Measure the distance between concrete and abstract language
Harness the power of particularity
Have fun with initials and acronyms, but avoid "capital" offenses
Master the grammar of new forms of writing
Afterword: Live a life of language
Words I have misspelled
Words I have confused
The Glamour of Grammar quick list