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Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style: The UK Edition Paperback – 6 August 2020
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A mind-blower--sure to jumpstart any writing project, just by exposing you, the writer, to Dreyer's astonishing level of sentence-awareness. ― George Saunders
On every page, the serious stuff is spiced with his distinctive humour… This is what to look for in a language book: authority without arrogance. There is always more to learn. ― The Economist
Brilliant ― Guardian
The joy of Dreyer’s English is that it’s written by an editor who so clearly loves words, has a sense of humour and prizes clarity over nit-picking ― Financial Times
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- Publisher : Arrow (6 August 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 178746413X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787464131
- Item Weight : 200 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether you write books, short stories, blog posts, tweets, emails or anything else, this is the book you need. Dreyer wants you to clean up the way you write and he does so with a hilarious, almost lyrical way, citing relevant examples from popular texts.
In addition to helping you tidy up your prose, he takes you through grammar rules that are no longer relevant, punctuation things to do or not to do, and the way to treat numbers and proper nouns. Then there are the words and phrases that are one's treasure and another's trash; that are the confusables, that are the trimmables, and are the miscellany.
If I sound like a book's index it is probably because that's how this book's index reads. That's not all, though. There's more - more than going a week without writing 1. very, 2. rather, 3. really, 4. quite, 5. in fact, and the seven more words he lists.
If you read only one book this year, let it be this. When you've read it once, read it again. Underline, circle, highlight. Keep it at the office, keep a second copy at home, carry a third on your person. Refer to it every time you write; even something as boring as a work email reminding everyone of the nine a.m. meeting on Monday.
Let it be known that no matter what you think, you need this book. Yes, you do.
It is for a mature audience, not for learners.
Reminds me of books written by Richard Armour (not Armor) .......
By Lavanya on 14 January 2021
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The author touches on some modern updating - comma use, split-infinitives, propositions etc but there is a tad of a lean towards American usage occasionally. That being said, language is ever evolving and with the growth of social media/blogs/online forums and courses perhaps it is becoming more homogeneous than region specific. I do not know if this matters but had an experience recently where an editor advised removal of the word 'whilst' in favour of the "more modern" 'while'. I will miss 'whilst' so I guess it matters to me.