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Oliver Kamm - Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English - 9781780227955 - KKD0000001
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Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English

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Description for Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English Paperback. THE TIMES columnist Oliver Kamm takes on the pedants in this witty, authoritative and sometimes provocative guide to the use and abuse of the English language. Num Pages: 304 pages. BIC Classification: 2AB; CBX. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 131 x 199 x 25. Weight in Grams: 306. Good clean copy with some minor shelf wear
Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right? To knowingly split an infinitive or not to? And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'? We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm demonstrates, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded. ACCIDENCE WILL HAPPEN is an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style and the linguistic conundrums we all face. 'A unique and indispensable guide ... Read more

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Orion Publishing Co
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About Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm is a chief leader writer and columnist for THE TIMES. As a self-confessed reformed pedant he is the newspaper's unofficial expert on language and style, a subject he tackles in his long-running immensely popular weekly column, 'The Pedant'. View his profile at www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/profile/Oliver-Kamm @OliverKamm

Reviews for Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English
This book came as a great relief. Although I feared I had a shaky grasp of formal grammar, Kamm reassures me that I have - in fact - acquired mastery as a native English speaker. With bracing confidence, he lays into pedants, sticklers and prescriptivists everywhere. Nevertheless, he's no anarchist: this book provides invaluable advice on writing with style, wit ... Read more

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