The Broadview Book of Common Errors in English - Fifth Edition: A Guide to Righting Wrongs

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Broadview Press, Apr 17, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 316 pages

The Broadview Book of Common Errors in English offers full coverage of such common mistakes as commas splices, sentence fragments, words frequently confused, words frequently misspelled, mixed metaphors, and subject-verb agreement errors. In each case the problem is clearly explained, with examples illustrating both the nature of the trouble and how to put it right. Unlike many guides to grammar and usage, The Broadview Book refrains from dogmatism; it treats correctness in English not as an unchanging objective standard laden with moral overtones, but rather as a code of convenience that is extraordinarily useful in helping humans to communicate effectively and even elegantly. It thus retains an openness to the inevitable process of change in the English language, and recognizes that change does not imply debasement.

The fifth edition has been updated throughout, and includes new material on capitalization; on the connections between clear writing and clear arguments; on academic citation systems; on business writing; and on particular difficulties experienced by those whose first language is not English.

 

Contents

I
7
II
13
III
26
IV
30
V
32
VI
40
VII
44
VIII
57
XVII
166
XVIII
180
XIX
184
XX
185
XXI
191
XXII
200
XXIII
202
XXIV
205

IX
63
X
68
XI
76
XII
109
XIII
113
XIV
121
XV
123
XVI
134
XXV
210
XXVI
217
XXVII
228
XXVIII
236
XXIX
239
XXX
260
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About the author (2003)

Don LePan is also the author of a study of medieval and Shakespearean literary plots as reflections of habits of thought, The Cognitive Revolution in Western Culture, and (with Doug Babington) of The Broadview Guide to Writing, third edition.

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