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am 11. August 1999
OK. So this is one of the definitive reference books on style in written English. Just don't confuse style with grammar--if you want to understand grammar per se, this isn't the book for you. (Steven Pinker's "The Language Instinct" is what you want--quite a bit wittier than Strunk & White, too.) "The Chicago Manual of Style" or "Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age" are both for sale at Amazon, too, and I think they're ultimately better references. But if you want to write well, well, buy Strunk & White, and abide by their oft-archaic but always lucid guidelines. Just, please, don't stop with them. The most-acclaimed writers in the English language conform not closely to Strunk & White's principles (cf. Shakespeare, Jefferson, Longfellow, Hemmingway, Pynchon, Morrison... whatever your taste may be), so be mindful that this book is not alone the key to becoming a great writer.
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am 23. Februar 1999
Professor Strunk deserves high praise for bearing the torch of clear, concise, descriptive writing. "Omit needless words" has become my literary mantra. (The phrase might reasonably be trimmed to "Omit words," or, if you prefer, simply "Omit.") Also, it is grating to hear everyone from presidents to pundits proclaim: "Most importantly, this means..." The correct usage is "Most important," as Mr. Strunk explains on page 49. The Elements of Style brims with useful tips and is a must-read for any serious writer or editor.
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am 2. Mai 1999
Strunk and White's volume advances the hope that people will become better writers and offers concrete rules that will help us avoid the blunders that most quickly expose our ignorance. But, its not enough. To become better writers, we must change the way we think about writing. Strunk & White don't go far enough. If you have already mastered many of the tips in this volume, I strongly recommend Joseph M. Williams' "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity & Grace." It takes the discussion that Strunk & White initiated to the next level.
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am 1. Juli 1999
If I could, I'd give this book 10 stars. It's the one and only reference book you'll ever need on writing. Positively indispensible. Don't let the slim volume fool you, it's far & away better then a library full of pedantic, overblown manuals (that's what 99% of most "reference" works are anyway). On the other hand, this book's succinct clarity will amaze you, it's brilliance will surprise you...Get it, you'll never regret it and if you do then you must enjoy butchering the English language -- shame on you!
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am 25. August 2015
Although this book was printed in 1979 and the 3rd Edition the language references are still very current. The art of writing good English is more important today than ever before especially since the intro of laptops, tablet and mobiles to speed the process up.
I will treasure this book - I don't even need the newest edition (even if there is one).
V. cheap but invaluable. I will take care of it into it turns to dust.

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am 30. Juni 1999
Ignore the pseudo-intellectual "descriptive linguists" pandering to the illiterate. (Pseudo-intellectualism is a form of anti-intellectualism.) If you want to learn to write well follow the advice of two who write superlatively well themselves. Get hold of "The Elements of Style". Read it through. Keep it for reference.
Also recommended: PENTATONIC SCALES FOR THE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns.
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am 20. März 1999
Ignore the pseudo-intellectual "descriptive linguists" pandering to the illiterate. (Pseudo-intellectualism is a form of anti-intellectualism.) If you want to learn to write well follow the advice of one who writes superlatively well himself. Get hold of "The Elements of Style". Read it through. Keep it for reference.
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am 27. Februar 1999
This book is practical -- and entertaining in its criticism of hackneyed writing. You'll want to keep it for reference.
However, it would be helpful to include exercises at the end of each chapter to reinforce the sound writing principles. Another book I'd recommend,"A Classic Guide To Better Writing", does just that.
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am 5. Juli 1999
If every journalist, novelist, and speechwriter had this book and learned to "Omit needless words!" it would be a much better world.
The other humorous and opinionated guide to good writing you should get is Henry W. Fowler's "Modern English Usage". (Not the new edition, though; it's been ruined.)
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am 28. Juni 1999
This book stands as the benchmark for writing and grammatical style. Buy it, and re-read it many times. It will be more valuable than a dictionary. Parsimonious and direct, with all the needed concepts in a small paperback, what else can you ask for?
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