This is a pencil-sharp book about English for anyone who ever needs to write. In an easy-to-read style, it offers accessible and constructive advice to help you improve your English skills. It targets common pitfalls and those troublesome areas of English usage that affect everyone, no matter what their level of competence. It exposes several language myths and is bursting with 1500 examples of both right and wrong usage.
The Joy of English cuts to the heart of what readers want: help with their English. Its 100 short chapters provide answers to the questions that we are too afraid to ask - amateurs and professionals alike. Questions such as:
- Who versus whom
- Less versus fewer
- As versus because
- In contrast to versus by contrast
- Further versus farther
- Learned versus learnt
- Imply versus infer
- Practice versus practise
- Provided versus providing
- While versus whilst
We live in the information age. Never in history has the need to communicate been so great. Everyone can improve their language skills. The Joy of English puts you on the path to new levels of competence and confidence.
Jesse 'Kay' Karjalainen is a writer, journalist, sub-editor and photographer. He studied journalism in Edinburgh and has worked for several national newspapers. He currently lives in Bristol and works for a science publisher as a print and web editor.
Preface; Introduction; A short grammar; 01 very; 02 a historic versus an historic; 03 'I before E, except after C'; 04 who versus whom; 05 less versus fewer; 06 redundancies and tautologies; 07 the truth about split infinitives; 08 compare with versus compare to; 09 different from versus different to/than; 10 while versus whilst/among versus amongst; 11 fraction and decimate; 12 intend to versus intent on; 13 a model sentence structure; 14 active versus passive; 15 that (the omission of); 16 in order to/in order that versus to; 17 adviser versus advisor; 18 lose versus loose; 19 its versus it's; 20 contractions; 21 DVDs/1000s/1990s/photos; 22 advice versus advise; 23 as versus because; 24 since versus because; 25 due to versus because; 26 reason versus reason why; 27 in contrast to versus by contrast; 28 should have versus should of; 29 were versus was; 30 that versus which; 31 every day versus everyday; 32 over versus more than; 33 male/female versus men's/women's; 34 data and media; 35 full stops; 36 euros; 37 stray capitals; 38 further versus farther; 39 quote, unquote; 40 the serial comma; 41 that versus who and whose; 42 fill in a form and tick a box; 43 - ly + hyphen; 44 hyphen (-) versus en rule ( - ); 45 don't use double double spaces; 46 You and I... (we); 47 ...you and me (us); 48 repetition; 49 man/woman versus chair; 50 co-operate; 51 years'/minutes'/months'; 52 mid-; 53 up to date versus up-to-date; 54 full time versus full-time; 55 learned versus learnt; 56 led versus lead; 57 focus and centre; 58 per cent; 59 round versus around; 60 proved versus proven; 61 presently versus currently; 62 myriad; 63 well versus well; 64 commonly misspelt words; 65 historic versus historical; 66 meet with/up/to; 67 And - /But -; 68 onto versus on to/into; 69 neither...nor versus either...or; 69 neither...nor versus either...or; 70 imply versus infer; 71 American spellings; 72 italics; 73 millions, billions and trillions; 74 e-mail; 75 10.30/10:30/10.30 p.m./22:00; 76 comprise/consist/constitute/composed of; 77 program versus programme; 78 play down; 79 outside (of)/inside (of); 80 one, two, three, four - 10; 81 30-year-old person; 82 per cent versus percentage points; 83 ranges; 84 year versus annual and annum; 85 the fact that; 86 Look, an exclamation mark!; 87 -ise versus -ize; 88 first, second, third and last; 89 provided versus providing; 90 the tailor made suits; 91 7000, 10,000 and 1 million; 92 affect versus effect; 93 criteria versus criterion; 94 substitute; 95 forwards versus backwards; 96 -ll- versus -l- spelling in British English; 97 practice and practise; 98 try to versus try and; 99 British Isles; 100 spell check and proof; Bibliography; Index.