Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide To Better English In Plain English
ISBN: 1594480060
EAN13: 9781594480065
Language: English
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
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A revised and updated edition of the iconic grammar guide for the 21st century.

In this expanded and updated edition of Woe Is I, former editor at The New York Times Book Review Patricia T. O'Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles with the same insight and humor that have charmed and enlightened readers of previous editions for years. With fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage, O'Conner offers in Woe Is I down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the language mysteries that bedevil all of us.

Books about English grammar and usage are. never content with the status quo, O'Conner writes. That's because English is not a stay-put language. It's always changing--expanding here, shrinking there, trying on new things, casting off old ones. Time doesn't stand still and neither does language.

In this fourth edition, O'Conner explains how the usage of an array of words has evolved. For example, the once-shunned they, them, and their for an unknown somebody is now acceptable. And the battle between who and whom has just about been won, O'Conner says (hint: It wasn't by whom). Then there's the use of taller than me in simple comparisons, instead of the ramrod-stiff taller than I. May and might, use to and used to, Read More chevron_right

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