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Edit Yourself - A manual for everyone who works with words (original 1982; udgave 1982)

af Bruce Ross-Larson (Forfatter)

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In the first part of this useful book, the author shows how to solve common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize words and phrases that should be cut; how to shorten cumbersome sentences; how to arrange the elements of pairs, series, and compound subjects and predicates; how to recognize and rectify mismanaged participles; and how to be on the lookout for the better word.The second part of the book consists of more than 1500 recommendations for cuts, changes, and comparisons that editors make to produce writing that is concise and effective.… (mere)
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Titel:Edit Yourself - A manual for everyone who works with words
Forfattere:Bruce Ross-Larson (Forfatter)
Info:WW Norton & Co (1982), Edition: 1st, 108 pages
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This is a somewhat disappointing reference subtitled A manual for everyone who works with words. It is organized into two sections. What Editors Look For, contains 11 chapters that deal with topics like cutting out fat, finding better words, using active voice and achieving consistency. Each chapter introduces one or more basic principles and illustrates each with examples. What Editors Cut, Change, and Compare is an alphabetic listing of recommendations.

Section one can be read in a couple of hours by readers who want a quick overview of the author’s views. Section two concerns words rather than grammar or parts of speech. Participles, verbs, and nouns will not be found in section two under those labels. As such, readers may use if as a reference when concerned about the use of specific words and phrases. For example, are used to, for the most part, namely, and totally should be cut.

One surprising feature is the instances of poor writing. For example, “All subordinate clauses should be scrutinized to see whether …” converts scrutiny to a verb and uses passive voice. Examine (or Inspect) all subordinate clauses to determine … would illustrate the use of active voice.

Writers who have a question about a particular word or phrase and already have a copy of Edit Yourself on their bookshelf may find this volume useful to consult. I advise those who do not own a copy to find a more useful reference. ( )
  Tatoosh | Dec 21, 2017 |
grammar is painful, but this wasn't so bad, i guess ...

date i finished the book: never ... it never ends! ( )
  Joseph_W_Naus | Jul 20, 2016 |
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In the first part of this useful book, the author shows how to solve common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize words and phrases that should be cut; how to shorten cumbersome sentences; how to arrange the elements of pairs, series, and compound subjects and predicates; how to recognize and rectify mismanaged participles; and how to be on the lookout for the better word.The second part of the book consists of more than 1500 recommendations for cuts, changes, and comparisons that editors make to produce writing that is concise and effective.

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