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Book Eats, Shoots & Leaves : The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation By Lynne Truss

Author : Lynne Truss

Pages : 238

Years : 2004

ISBN : 9781101218297

Language : English

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There’s no denying that grammar books and grammar guides can be a bit dry. Even the biggest grammar nerd may struggle to get through one from cover to cover in a single sitting. Not so with this one.

Written by a former editor who understands grammarEats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Trusse talks about all things punctuation. This English grammar book is quite witty and uses funny examples to explore what make the humble comma, the apostrophe and the semicolon so important to proper writing.

It looks at everything from signs in neighborhoods to historic mistakes in literature to discuss the importance of punctuation. It also has some interesting history woven into the instruction. If you’ve ever wondered when the question mark or semicolon entered the scene, this grammar guide will tell you.

“The rule is: the word ‘it’s’ (with apostrophe) stands for ‘it is’ or ‘it has’. If the word does not stand for ‘it is’ or ‘it has’ then what you require is ‘its’. This is extremely easy to grasp. Getting your itses mixed up is the greatest solecism in the world of punctuation. No matter that you have a PhD and have read all of Henry James twice. If you still persist in writing, ‘Good food at it’s best’, you deserve to be struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave.”

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