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That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thougtful Writers and Editors

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
That or Which, and Why is an insightful and witty guide to writing. Based on Evan Jenkins's long-running column 'Language Corner' in Columbia Journalism Review, the book is compiled of brief, alphabetically arranged entries on approximately 200 major writing stumbling blocks, from the wonderful world of 'that' and 'which' to trickier terrain like the correct usage of commo ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published February 26th 2007 by Routledge (first published 2007)
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That or Which, and Why is a reference book for resolving writing stumbling blocks. For example, do you evoke or invoke? Is something between or in between something else? Do you imply or infer something? English can be a confusing language. Having a guide like this can help alleviate some of the confusion.

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The book is arranged alphabetically. There are 166 pages of entries. Each entry is typically anywhere from one to five short paragraphs. The writing is entertaining–it’s not like re
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picked this one up at the library. my husband had just asked me about the difference between "that" and "which," so the title caught my eye as i browsed the nonfiction section.

a fun book with lots of common grammar and language conundrums. i learned a couple of new things (e.g., "what a trouper!" not "what a trooper!" and was reminded of rules i followed but had long since forgotten, or rules i thought were rules but actually aren't.

anyone who loves the quirkiness of the english language will un
"...honor our obligation to the language, and be clear, and let the reader catch a breath in the little pauses that commas contribute."
I will always be reading this book because I use it to look something up at least once a day. It's invaluable.
May 21, 2010 Tasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
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