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Woe Is I : The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Fourth Edition)
by Patricia T. O'Conner




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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, abbreviations that use periods and those that don't, and the evolving definition of unique are all explained here by O'Conner. The result is an engaging, up-to-date and jargon-free guide to every reader's questions about grammar, style, and usage for the 21st century.

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Overview

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, abbreviations that use periods and those that don't, and the evolving definition of unique are all explained here by O'Conner. The result is an engaging, up-to-date and jargon-free guide to every reader's questions about grammar, style, and usage for the 21st century.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780525533054
  • ISBN-10: 0525533052
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publish Date: February 2019
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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