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010    2014041338 
020    9780190215286|q(paperback) 
040    DLC|beng|erda|cDLC|dAS 
042    pcc 
050 00 PE1460|b.S73 2015 
082 00 428.2|223 
100 1  Spector, Stephen,|d1946-|eauthor 
245 10 May I quote you on that? :|ba guide to grammar and usage /
       |cStephen Spector 
263    1507 
264  1 New York, NY :|bOxford University Press,|c2015 
300    xviii, 394 pages ;|c21 cm 
336    text|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|2rdamedia 
338    volume|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-388) and 
       index   
505 0  Introduction -- 1. What is Standard English? -- 2. Tricky 
       Words, Usage, and Grammar -- 3. Tricky Words of the 20th 
       Century and Today -- 4. Look-Alikes -- 5. Plurals 
520    "We all use language in different ways, depending on the 
       situations we find ourselves in. In formal contexts we are
       usually expected to use a formal level of Standard English
       -the English codified in grammars, usage guides, and 
       dictionaries.  In May I Quote You on That? Stephen Spector
       offers a new approach to learning Standard English grammar
       and usage. The product of Spector's forty years of 
       teaching courses on the English language, this book makes 
       the conventions of formal writing and speech easier and 
       more enjoyable to learn than traditional approaches 
       usually do. Each lesson begins with humorous, interesting,
       or instructive illustrative quotations from writers, 
       celebrities, and historical figures. Mark Twain appears 
       alongside Winston Churchill, Yogi Berra, Woody Allen, 
       Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert, Oprah, Lady Gaga, and 
       many others. These quotations allow readers to infer the 
       rules and word meanings from context. And if they stick in
       readers' memory, they can serve as models for the rules 
       they exemplify. The lessons then offer short essays, 
       written in a conversational style, on the history of the 
       rules or the words being discussed. But because English is
       constantly changing, the essays offer not only the 
       traditional rules of Standard English, but also the 
       current opinions of usage panelists, stylists, and 
       language specialists. When rules are controversial, 
       Spector offers advice about stylistic choices. A companion
       website features a workbook with practice drills.  This 
       book will appeal to anyone who wants to write well. It's 
       aimed at those who are applying to college, taking the SAT,
       or writing a job application, an essay, or anything else 
       that requires clear and effective communication"--
       |cProvided by publisher 
520    "A guide to English grammar and usage for the twenty-first
       century, pairing grammar rules with interesting and 
       humorous quotations from American popular culture"--
       |cProvided by publisher 
650  0 English language|xUsage|xHistory|y20th century 
650  0 English language|xUsage 
650  0 English language|xGrammar 
650  0 Figures of speech|xHistory|y20th century 
650  0 Quotations|xHumor 
650  0 English Language|xHistory|y20th century 
650  7 LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation.
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