Index:The Elements of Style (Strunk).djvu

The Elements of Style (Strunk).djvu
Title The Elements of Style
Author William Strunk, Jr.
Year 1920
Publisher New York, Harcourt, Brace
Source djvu
Progress To be proofread
Transclusion Index not transcluded or unreviewed


CONTENTS

Page
I. Introductory 5
II. Elementary Rules of Usage 7
1. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ’s.
7
2. In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last
7
3. Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas
8
4. Place a comma before a conjunction introducing a co-ordinate clause
10
5. Do not join independent clauses by a comma
11
6. Do not break sentences in two
12
7. A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject
13
III. Elementary Principles of Composition 15
8. Make the paragraph the unit of composition: one paragraph to each topic
15
9. As a rule, begin each paragraph with a topic sentence; end it in conformity with the beginning
17
10. Use the active voice
19
11. Put statements in positive form
21
12. Use definite, specific, concrete language
22
13. Omit needless words
24
14. Avoid a succession of loose sentences
25
15. Express co-ordinate ideas in similar form
26
16. Keep related words together
28
17. In summaries, keep to one tense
29
18. Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end
31
IV. A Few Matters of Form 33
V. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused 36
VI. Spelling 48
VII. Exercises on Chapters II and III 50