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Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style, 4th Edition

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In this age of electronic correspondence and self-produced documents, we need a useful and reliable writing guide more than ever. WRITE RIGHT! covers the essentials of good writing in a concise and easy-to-follow format. The new edition of this classic handbook takes you through the entire writing process, from understanding the parts of speech to constructing a correct se ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 224 pages
Published August 21st 2001 by Ten Speed Press (first published 1979)
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Mar 24, 2011 Greg rated it it was ok
She says to use this book instead of grammar checkers then leads off the first chapter with this error:

If you can put a, an, or the in front of a word, it's a noun.

Uh, you can put them in front of adjectives. Her comma error tip in the back of the book conflicts with what she writes about 2 independent clauses. She explains things properly earlier but the quicker reference confuses. I'm sure there are more errors but reading the book made me drowsy. The reason programmers have trouble making gra
Jul 27, 2014 Miruna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. It's an interesting read and I can see myself referencing it. It refreshed my memory on many grammar issues that I forgot about since school.

I have to say, for a grammar book it's quite entertaining with quite a few funny examples that will make you laugh out loud.
May 12, 2009 Djrmel rated it really liked it
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Great little (really, it's a small book with lots of white space) book on the basics of written American English grammer. It's more accessable than Strunk and White, but what you gain in ease of use you lose in the details. The book notes when a particular rule is more of a guideline and also takes into account that language is fluid and what was once shockingly bad grammar can now sometimes be the norm. I'd recommend this book as a gift to a young or new writer who wants to get it right, but do ...more
Melissa Starr
Jul 14, 2015 Melissa Starr rated it really liked it
Informative for the writer.
Mar 13, 2010 Hope rated it it was amazing
I love this little thing. I keep it next to me while writing if I'm ever in doubt of some Grammar or can't remember a certain rule of punctuation. Just a nice little handbook to have around. :)
Dec 18, 2008 Betty marked it as to-read
Recommended by my teacher in a short (1 page) story class for seniors: 6 day class, meant for writing life vignettes. I didn't read it but keep it for reference.
Kevin J.
Jun 24, 2007 Kevin J. rated it it was amazing
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I have used this book for many years in college, business, and personal writing. It is easy to follow and always helpful.
May 15, 2011 A.D. rated it really liked it
A very straight forward book on grammar with some sweet quotes and great writing samples.
TK Keanini
Apr 09, 2007 TK Keanini rated it really liked it
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The book is a classic. Its been a good reference but I still have so far to go with writing.
Aug 29, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing
Great reference. This should be next to your keyboard (or pen) at all times.
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