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Summary of The Elements of Style 

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When it comes to writing, nothing is easy. Ask the most professional writers, and they’ll tell you the same. Those who aren’t entirely so experienced or seasoned in the written word can be forgiven for struggling with things like grammar, spelling, and general flow. It’s normal to find yourself staring at a blank page or going back and deleting everything you’ve written so far. When the words just don’t flow, or simply don’t seem to convey the message you want, it’s normal to become frustrated. But there is help at hand — The Elements of Style gives you hints and tips to not only do a better job the next time you write but the confidence to go one step further. Allow William Strunk Jr., a professor of English, and E.B. White, an experienced writer, to help you. “The mind travels faster than the pen; consequently, writing becomes a question of learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as it flashes by.” ~ E. B. White

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Break down English writing into simple steps for faster progress

Elements of Style has a history. It was initially just 43 pages long, although it contained a goldmine of writing advice. Broken down into just a few rules that help anyone not only to understand English writing but to improve their performance, Elements of Style has become the go-to handbook for wannabe writers the world over.

This latest edition has had a slight revamp to bring it up to date with the modern world. The information contained within the book is clear and designed to give confidence to a new writer or someone lacking the courage to write.
English grammar is often complicated, even to a native speaker. However, the rules can be made easier to understand.
English isn’t the most straightforward language to write in and its rules often contradict themselves, making it easy to tie yourself up in knots. By breaking the complicated rules down, writers can ensure that their work is grammatically correct and makes perfect sense to the reader.

If you’re someone who has always struggled to get the words down right, the good news is that you just need to learn a few golden rules. After that, you can base your work on these rules and make sure that you impress every time you need to. Regular textbooks are often full of confusing rules and examples, but the beauty of this guide is that it cuts out the confusion and sticks to the basics. After all, the basics are all you really need.

Did you know? The original Elements of Style was written in 1918 and published in 1920.
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The fundamental rules you need to know to master your English writing skills

One of the most challenging parts of grammar is the terminology used. Like everything in the book, this can be simplified.
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Pay attention to the basic structure of your sentences

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Pay attention to your writing form for professional outcomes

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Always pay attention to your style of writing

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Don’t overcomplicate things when you’re trying to improve your work

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