The Elements of Style

No list of English language resources would be complete without The Elements of Style, a very short book by Cornell University professor William Strunk, Jr. First published in 1918 and later edited by Strunk’s more famous student, writer E.B. White.

Much advice about writing in modern English that is repeated in technical manuals derives from this little book. It is the source of widely held preferences for strong verbs and active voice, of certain modern syntax-based punctuation rules and of the special English aesthetic of ‘tightness’ (the opposite of ‘wordiness’), and much more.

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