Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English

Mind the Gaffe The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English Can anything be described as very real There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear precise accurate English english that it is a wonder wander anyone any one or anyone can be understood F

  • Title: Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English
  • Author: R.L. Trask
  • ISBN: 9780140514766
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • Can anything be described as very real There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear, precise accurate English english that it is a wonder wander anyone any one or anyone can be understood Fortunately, all those who have ever feared being shown up by using one of the twenty worst words and phrases to be avoided at all costs, or confusingCan anything be described as very real There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear, precise accurate English english that it is a wonder wander anyone any one or anyone can be understood Fortunately, all those who have ever feared being shown up by using one of the twenty worst words and phrases to be avoided at all costs, or confusing the complex with the complicated, can now relax and even enjoy a trouble shooting guide to good writing Trask s wonderfully readable and authoritative book adjudicates on hundreds of contentious issues from politically correct language to whether to write napkin or serviette.

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    1. Splitting the infinitive is not a sin! Kudos to you, Mr. Trask. Mind the Gaffe spends an unusual amount of the book explaining the differences between British and American usage, and the work isn't comprehensive by any standard, it's consistently entertaining, and Trask isn't afraid to roundly contradict stubborn grammar pettifoggery. Worth a gander.

    2. This book is nothing more and nothing less than an interesting dive into the murky world of the English language and of grammar. Trask highlights a number of common mistakes that plague our society, and in this book he explains what makes them wrong and how to fix them.It’s an interesting enough read if you’re a linguist or if you love the English language, but this definitely isn’t for everyone – it digs pretty deep, and it’s not always easy to follow unless you’re familiar already [...]

    3. Mind the Gaffe is a humorous but useful look at common errors in English and the acceptable differences between American and British English (and sometimes other dialects too). The book is presented in alphabetical order and is very easy to use.The best part of the book though is Trask's comments on many of the entries. If a rule strikes him as odd, he'll note his feelings. If the rule doesn't have any sensible reason, he'll write: "the word is so spelled."As with every book I've read that compa [...]

    4. After reading this I'm embarrassed to even call myself a writer many subtle mistakes I've made without even realising! Although the tone of the author is a bit harsh in places (and even pretentious at times), it was a real eye-opener into English written styles. Recommended if you want to better your English skills.

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