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

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

By: Evan Jenkins (author)Paperback

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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.

About Author

Evan Jenkins writes the "Language Corner" column of the Columbia Journalism Review. and is a consulting editor of CJR. He was editor in residence at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism; senior editor, Columbia Journalism Review; senior editor, The Racing Times; deputy news editor; The New York Times; chief copy editor, Newsday, and a reporter and copy editor at the Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts.


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 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 'Well,' the Adjective Whence Wherefore Whether (or not) Who/Whom Whose/Of Which 'Woof Down' You, Understood

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415977265
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780415977265
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 0415977266

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