The Elements of Style, Revised Edition, by William Strunk Jr. and Edward Foreword by Roger Angell. THE FIRST writer I watched at work was my stepfather. The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous . Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angell, stepson of E. B. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator. An approach to style. Responsibility: by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White ; [foreword by Roger Angell].

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The Elements of Style by William Strunk

On the other hand, in Elemens Writingp. He also produced the ange,l and third editions of The Elements of Styleby which time the book’s length had extended to 85 pages. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ‘s. White knew that a compendium of specific tips — about singular and plural verbs, parentheses, the “that” — “which” scuffle, and many others — could clear up a recalcitrant sentence or subclause when quickly reconsulted, and that the larger principles needed to be kept in plain sight, like a wall sampler.

Roger Angell: Foreword

Will knew where he stood. He or She”, in Chapter IV: What should xngell easy and flowing looks tangled or feeble or overblown — not what was meant at all. Style rules of this sort are, of course, somewhat a matter of individual preference, and even the established rules of grammar are open to challenge. Having recovered from his adventure in prolixity fifty-nine words fkreword a lot of words in the tight world of William Strunk Jr.

Retrieved from ” https: A second edition of the book was published in Avoid fancy words p. The professor devotes a special paragraph to the vile expression the fact thata phrase that causes him to quiver with revulsion. Professor Strunk, although one of the most inflexible and choosy of men, was quick to acknowledge the fallacy of inflexibility and the danger of doctrine.


It’s not much of an improvement, but it does sound less cadaverous, and it made Will Strunk quite happy. Make the paragraph the unit of composition p. The Elements of Style. UTB Vienna facultas. The reader will soon discover that these rules and principles are in the form of sharp commands, Sergeant Strunk snapping orders to his platoon.

Some years ago, when the heir to the throne of England was a child, I noticed a headline in the Times about Bonnie Prince Charlie: Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end p. Do not inject opinion p. He felt it was worse to be irresolute than to be wrong. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. When the copy went off at last, in the afternoon RFD pouch — we were in Maine, a day’s mail away from New York — he rarely seemed satisfied.

Vigorous writing is concise. Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Chronicle of Higher Education. It concentrates on fundamentals: Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angellstepson of E.

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This chapter Chapter V is addressed particularly to those who feel that English prose composition is not only a necessary skill but a sensible pursuit as well — a way to spend one’s days.

Rule 17 in the chapter titled Principles of Composition is ‘Omit needless words. First expanded edition But we are all writers and readers as well as communicators, with the need at times to please and satisfy ourselves as White put it with the clear and almost perfect thought.


It was Will Strunk’s parvum opushis attempt to cut the vast tangle of English rhetoric down to size and write its rules and principles on the eleements of a pin. I have tried, instead, to preserve the flavor of his discontent while slightly enlarging the scope of the discussion. Strunk wtyle, and the concluding chapter, “An Approach to Style”, a broader, prescriptive guide to writing in English. Table of Contents Foreword p.

Somewhat audaciously, and in an attempt to give my publisher his money’s worth, I added a chapter called “An Approach to Style,” setting forth my own prejudices, my notions of error, my articles of faith.

In its original form, it was a forty-three page summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English. Dag Last modified on: In The Elements of StyleWilliam Strunk concentrated on specific questions of usage—and the cultivation of good writing—with the recommendation “Make every word tell”; hence the 17th principle of composition is the simple instruction: He felt that the word clever was greatly overused: Write with nouns and verbs p.

He was a memorable man, friendly and funny. How simple they look, set down here in White’s last chapter: Professor Eelments was a positive man. Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation p. What’s wrong with me, each one thinks. Similar Items The sense of style: The Elements of Style 2nd ed. Use the proper angelll of pronoun p.

Clearly, Will Strunk had foreseen, as far back asthe dangerous tonsillectomy of a prince, in which the surgeon removes the tonsils and the Times copy desk removes the final s.