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That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers and Editors,9780415977265

That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers and Editors

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Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date: 2/26/2007
Publisher(s): Routledge
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Summary

That or Which, and Why is an insightful and witty guide to writing. Based on Evan Jenkins's long-running column 'Language Corner' in Columbia Journalism Review , the book is compiled of brief, alphabetically arranged entries on approximately 200 major writing stumbling blocks, from the wonderful world of 'that' and 'which' to trickier terrain like the correct usage of common idiomatic expressions. Working from his experiences as a newsroom editor and teacher, Jenkins humorous tone puts the reader at ease, unlike many of the writing and usage guides out there that are off-putting in their rigidity and dogmatism. He takes the 'we're-all-in-this-together' approach to teaching better writing - maintaining a light tone throughout the book and emphasizing flexibility and easy-to-use guidelines rather than delivering orders from Grammar-on-high.

Table of Contents

A vs. An
A Historic, etc
Adverb Placement
Adverse/Averse
Adviser/Advisor
Historic/Historical
Affect/Effect
Allude/Refer
Along With Alternate/Alternative
Antecedents 'As Such' (Transition)
Assure/Ensure/Insure
As, Then As As vs
So As Well As, Too (Starting Sentence)
AttorneyS General, etc
The Authorities
Award/Reward
Awhile/A While
Bacterium/Bacteria (Feel)
Bad/Badly
Baited/Bated (Breath)
'Because' and 'Since'
Beg the Question
Beside/BesideS
Between/Among
'Between...and,' Not 'Between...to'
Between the Cracks Bid, Bid, Bade 'Big of a'
Borne Out, With an 'E'
Both Brackets Broadcast, the Verb
Cardinal/Ordinal
Numbers Cast, the Verb Center
Around/On
Chair/Chairperson
Cohort 'Collective' Collective Nouns Compare
To/With Comprise
Could/Couldn't Care Less
Criterion/Criteria
Phenomenon/Phenomena
Danglers Decimate Declined
TO Comment Defining Clause See That vs
Which 'Democratic,' the Adjective
Difference/Differential
Different From/Than
Double Possessive I
Double Possessive II
Drag/'Drug'
Due To Each
Other/One
Another Eke Elegant Variation
Echo Enormity
Evoke/Invoke
Precipitate/Precipitous
Facility False Titles
Farther/Further
Feud Fewer/Less
Five Times Below, 160% Less, etc
Flaunt/Flout
Fondle Forbid Make the past tense "forbade."
'Former Native' Fortuitous 'From Whence'
See Whence Fulsome
Problematic Fused Participle
'Off Of'
Gantlet/Gauntlet
Stanch/Staunch
Gerrymander/Jerry
Built/Jury-Rigged
Gibe/Jibe
Gild/Paint the Lily
(I Am) Good / (I Am)
Well 'Graduated College'
Graffito/Graffiti
Hand Down/Hand Up
Hanged/Hung
Have to/Got to
Head/Head Up
Heart-Rending/Heart-Wrenching
He or She, etc. Hold [Down] the Fort
Home/Hone
Honored in the Breach 'Human Race'
See Oddities Hyphens 'If Not'
Impact, the Verb Implement
Imply/Infer
Important/Importantly
Incidence/Incident/Instance
Individuals/People/Persons
In Line/On
Line, Online 'In Order To'
In, Up and On Irrelevant (NOT 'Irrevelant') 'Issues'
Late, as in Dead
Lend/Loan
Lie, Lay, and All That 'Lightening'; 'Forecasted'
Like/Such
As Like, With a Clause Lion's Share Literally
Loath/Loathe
Located/Situated
Masterful/Masterly
May/Might
'Media,' Plural Me, Myself (Reflexive Pronouns)
Mondegreen Monies More
Than/Over
Myriad Namesake 'Near Miss'
Neither None, Plural
Normalcy Notoriety Oddities 'Older Than Him'
'To She and I'
One Of/Among
With Plural Verb 'One of the Only'
'Only,' Placement Of
Oral/Verbal
Orient/Orientate
Partake/Participate/Take
Part People/Persons
See Individuals/People/Persons
Per 'Pleaded Guilty'
Pole/Post
Position Police, The Possessive Nouns with Pronouns
Preposition Ending Sentence Prior
To/Before
Rage/Wage
Ravage/Ravish
Raveled Sleave, With an 'A'
A Reader's Potpourri
The Reason Is That
Rebut/Refute
Reference as a Verb
Regard/Regards
Reluctant/Reticent
Remunerate/Renumerate
Replete Resonate Reverend Sequence of Tenses
Series: Changing Numbers Series, Run-On
Serve/Service
Singular Noun, Plural Pronoun
Sleight/Slight of Hand
'Snuck' Split Infinitive
Straighten/Straiten
Suspect/Suspected (adj.)
Swatch/Swath
Tautology 'That Of,' Omitted That vs
Which 'They Each'
Till/Until Tons Was
Tortuous/Torturous
'To She and I'
See 'Older Than Him' To...To Toward(s)
Troopers/Troupers Try
And/Try To Unique
Use/Usage
Wangle/Wrangle
Weapon(s) Inspector
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