|aThe glamour of grammar :|ba guide to the magic and mystery of practical English /|cRoy Peter Clark.
|a1st. pbk ed.
|aNew York ;|aLondon :|bLittle, Brown, Co.,|cc2011.
|axii, 292 p. ;|c21 cm.
|aOriginally published: 2010.
|apt. One WORDS -- 1.Read dictionaries for fun and learning -- 2.Avoid speed bumps caused by misspellings -- 3.Adopt a favorite letter of the alphabet -- 4.Honor the smallest distinctions---even between a and the -- 5.Consult a thesaurus to remind yourself of words you already know -- 6.Take a class on how to cross-dress the parts of speech -- 7.Enjoy, rather than fear, words that sound alike -- 8.Learn seven ways to invent words -- 9.Become your own lexicographer -- 10.Take advantage of the short-word economy of English -- 11.Learn when and how to enrich your prose with foreign words -- pt. Two POINTS -- 12.Use the period to determine emphasis and space -- 13.Advocate use of the serial comma -- 14.Use the semicolon as a "swinging gate." -- 15.Embrace the three amigos: colon, dash, and parentheses -- 16.Let your ear help govern the possessive apostrophe -- 17.Take advantage of the versatility of quotation marks -- 18.Use the question mark to generate reader curiosity and narrative energy -- 19.Reclaim the exclamation point -- 20.Master the elliptical art of leaving things out -- 21.Reach into the "upper case" to unleash the power of names -- 22.Vary your use of punctuation to create special effects -- pt. Three STANDARDS -- 23.Learn to lie or lay, as well as the principles behind the distinction -- 24.Avoid the "trap" of subject-verb disagreement -- 25.Render gender equality with a smooth style -- 26.Place modifiers where they belong -- 27.Help the reader learn what is "essential" and "nonessential." -- 28.Avoid case mistakes and "hypergrammar." -- 29.Be certain about the uncertain subjunctive and other "moody" subjects -- 30.Identify all sources of ambiguity and confusion -- 31.Show what is literal and what is figurative -- pt. Four MEANING -- 32.Join subjects and verbs, or separate them for effect -- 33.Use active and passive verbs in combination---and with a purpose -- 34.Befriend the lively verb to be -- 35.Switch tenses, but only for strategic reasons -- 36.Politely ignore the language crotchets of others -- 37.Learn the five forms of well-crafted sentences -- 38.Make sentence fragments work for you and the reader -- 39.Use the complex sentence to connect unequal ideas -- 40.Learn how expert writers break the rules in run-on sentences -- pt. Five PURPOSE -- 41.Master the uses of nonstandard English -- 42.Add a pinch of dialect for flavor -- 43.Tame taboo language to suit your purposes -- 44.Unleash your associative imagination -- 45.Play with sounds, natural and literary -- 46.Master the distinction between denotation and connotation -- 47.Measure the distance between concrete and abstract language -- 48.Harness the power of particularity -- 49.Have fun with initials and acronyms, but avoid "capital" offenses -- 50.Master the grammar of new forms of writing.