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Say Again? aims to regale you with many examples of South African English. An understanding of these items can be useful and enlightening to South Africans as well as to strangers in our midst.
Written in an accessible style, each chapter features words and phrases from different aspects of life Ė some serious and some not so serious Ė with actual examples of usage from written and spoken sources. These examples are interspersed with pictures and illustrations that liven up the text.
In his best-selling Strictly English Simon Heffer explained how to write and speak our language well. In Simply English he offers an entertaining and supremely useful A-Z guide to frequent errors, common misunderstandings and stylistic howlers. What is the difference between amend and emend, between imply and infer, and between uninterested and disinterested? When should one put owing to rather than due to? Why should the temptation to write actually, basically or at this moment in time always be strenuously resisted? How does one use an apostrophe correctly, ensure that one understands what alibi really means, and avoid the perils of the double negative? With articles on everything from punctuation to tabloid English to adverbs and adjectives, Simply English is the essential companion for anyone who cares about the language and wants to use it correctly.
A hilarious and definitive guide to 21st century language from grammar-guru Gyles Brandreth. 'Best thing ever, laugh-a-lot, spanning everything. Great book, I'm loving this' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 'Brilliant, clear, entertaining, very funny and often outright silly. Brandreth excels . . . in all his linguistic joie de vivre' Guardian __________ Why, like, does everyone keep saying 'like'? Why do apostrophe's keep turning up in the wrong place? Why do we get confused when using foreign phrases - and vice versa? Is it 'may be' or 'maybe'? Should it be 'past' or 'passed'? Is it 'referenda' or 'referendums'? FFS, what's happening to our language!? Our language is changing, literacy levels are dwindling and our grasp of grammar is at crisis point, so you wouldn't be alone in thinking WTF! But do not despair, Have You Eaten Grandma? is here: Gyles Brandreth's definitive (and hilarious) guide to punctuation, spelling, and good English for the twenty-first century. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation) Gyles, the Just A Minute regular and self-confessed grammar guru, skewers the linguistic horrors of our time, tells us where we've been going wrong (and why), and reveals his tips and tricks to ensure that, in future, we make fewer (rather than 'less') mistakes. End of. (Is 'End of' alright? Is 'alright' all right? You'll find out right here . . . ) Why not give the gift of good grammar this Christmas? And why not check out the Have You Eaten Grandma? podcast, starring Gyles and a host of other grammar and linguisitic lovers and experts
Unstuffy, hip, and often funny, The Copyeditor's Handbook has become an indispensable resource both for new editors and for experienced hands who want to refresh their skills and broaden their understanding of the craft of copyediting. This fourth edition incorporates the latest advice from language authorities, usage guides, and new editions of major style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style. It registers the tectonic shifts in twenty-first-century copyediting: preparing text for digital formats, using new technologies, addressing global audiences, complying with plain language mandates, ensuring accessibility, and serving self-publishing authors and authors writing in English as a second language. The new edition also adds an extensive annotated list of editorial tools and references and includes a bit of light entertainment for language lovers, such as a brief history of punctuation marks that didn't make the grade, the strange case of razbliuto, and a few Easter eggs awaiting discovery by keen-eyed readers. The fourth edition features updates on the transformation of editorial roles in today's publishing environment new applications, processes, and protocols for on-screen editing major changes in editorial resources, such as online dictionaries and language corpora, new grammar and usage authorities, online editorial communities, and web-based research tools When you're ready to test your mettle, pick up The Copyeditor's Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment, the essential new companion to the handbook.
Die Pharos Afrikaansgids bied eenvoudige riglyne vir spelling en skryfwyses volgens die 2017-uitgawe van die Afrikaanse woordelys en spelreŽls en is KABV- geskik. Dit dek die belangrike taalsake wat oor leerders se pad kom en is 'n praktiese, alledaagse gids vir voorgraadse studente en ander taalgebruikers.
- Deel A bevat naslaanlyste van woorde wat dikwels spellingprobleme oplewer, meervoude en verkleining, intensiewe vorme, vergelykings en idiome.
- Deel B is ’n naslaangedeelte wat belangrike en algemene taalreŽls aan die hand van eenvoudige definisies en enkele voorbeelde verduidelik.
- Deel C bevat nuttige inligting oor byvoorbeeld sinsoorte, woordorde in sinne en die konstruksie van paragrawe. Daar is ook ’n kort oorsig oor tekstipes.
If you're confused by commas, perplexed by pronouns, and plain terrified by tenses, English Grammar For Dummies will put your fears to rest. Packed with expert guidance, it covers everything from sentence basics to rules even your English teacher didn't know - if you want to brush up on your grammar, this is the only guide you'll ever need. Discover how to: avoid common grammatical errors; get to grips with apostrophes; structure sentences correctly; use verbs and find the right tense; and decide when to use slang or formal English.
This set includes two essential resources for writers and editors: The Copyeditor's Handbook, now in its fourth edition, and The Copyeditor's Workbook, the new companion to the bestselling Handbook. Unstuffy, hip, and often funny, The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications has become an indispensable resource both for new editors and for experienced hands who want to refresh their skills and broaden their understanding of the craft of copyediting. This fourth edition incorporates the latest advice from language authorities, usage guides, and new editions of major style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style. It registers the tectonic shifts in twenty-first-century copyediting: preparing text for digital formats, using new technologies, addressing global audiences, complying with plain language mandates, ensuring accessibility, and serving self-publishing authors and authors writing in English as a second language. The new edition also adds an extensive annotated list of editorial tools and references and includes a bit of light entertainment for language lovers, such as a brief history of punctuation marks that didn't make the grade, the strange case of razbliuto, and a few Easter eggs awaiting discovery by keen-eyed readers. The Copyeditor's Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment--a new companion to the Handbook--offers comprehensive and practical training in the art of copyediting for both aspiring and experienced editors. More than forty exercises of increasing difficulty and length, covering a range of subject matter, enable you to advance in skill and confidence. Detailed answer keys and explanations offer a grounding in editorial basics, appropriate usage choices for different contexts and audiences, and advice on communicating effectively and professionally with authors and clients. Whether the exercises are undertaken alone or alongside the new edition of The Copyeditor's Handbook, they provide a thorough workout in the essential knowledge and skills required of contemporary editors.
The Copyeditor's Workbook--a companion to the indispensable Copyeditor's Handbook, now in its fourth edition--offers comprehensive and practical training for both aspiring and experienced copyeditors. Exercises of increasing difficulty and length, covering a range of subjects, enable you to advance in skill and confidence. Detailed answer keys offer a grounding in editorial basics, appropriate usage choices for different contexts and audiences, and advice on communicating effectively with authors and clients. The exercises provide an extensive workout in the knowledge and skills required of contemporary editors. Features and benefits Workbook challenges editors to build their skills and to use new tools. Exercises vary and increase in difficulty and length, allowing users to advance along the way. Answer keys illustrate several techniques for marking copy, including marking PDFs and hand marking hard copy. Book includes access to online exercises available for download.
"Puzzled by past tenses? Confused by comparatives? This comprehensive, beautifully presented guide to English grammar makes even the trickiest grammar rules incredibly easy to understand. The English for Everyone Grammar Guide is a detailed visual reference that uses attractive illustrations, step-by-step graphics, and crystal-clear explanations to help you learn English grammar. Ideal for English language learners at all levels, the Grammar Guide covers basic, intermediate, and advanced English grammar in one easy-to-navigate book. It includes detailed information on tenses, verbs, clauses, comparatives and superlatives, and adverbs, as well as easily confused phrases, English conversation starters, and question words. This Grammar Guide is part of DK's innovative English for Everyone series, an exciting and comprehensive self-study course for adults learning English as a foreign language. Using the Grammar Guide alongside the English for Everyone course and practice books will help you improve your understanding of English grammar, build up your confidence, and become more fluent. Whether you want to improve your grammar for work, study, travel, or exams such as TOEFL and IELTS, the English for Everyone Grammar Guide offers you a simple way to learn, understand, and remember the most important English grammar constructions. "
With pieces titled 'The chippie and the Polish pilot', 'Waffling Matilda', 'English as she is spoke', 'You calling my egg racist?' and so on this entertaining and informative collection culled from the pages of Quest should appeal to the Lynne Truss market.
Anxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens. We all had the basic rules of punctuation drilled into us at school, but punctuation pedants have good reason to suspect they never sank in. `Its Summer!' screams a sign that sets our teeth on edge. `Pansy's ready', we learn to our considerable interest (`Is she?') as we browse among the bedding plants. It is not only the rules of punctuation that have come under attack but also a sense of why they matter. In this runaway bestseller, Lynne Truss takes the fight to emoticons and greengrocers' apostrophes with a war cry of `Sticklers unite!'
This completely revised and updated edition of Teach Yourself Afrikaans is for all those who seek to communicate in Afrikaans. It has been written for students with no previous experience or knowledge of the language, and is especially aimed at those who wish to study at home.
The grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Afrikaans are introduced in carefully graded stages, and are illustrated with examples and exercises. Spoken Afrikaans is also given close attention, with examples of everyday conversations, and a detailed section on pronunciation.
By working through the exercises and examples in this book, the student will gain a good basic knowledge of Afrikaans as it is spoken every day.
The 50 ways... series provides a range of instant ways to improve your communications skills in business. The 50 tips in these books will allow the learner to make noticeable improvement in their business English with minimum effort. This book of 50 practical tips and exercises, will allow students to build their confidence and make noticeable improvements when delivering professional presentations in English.
This illustrated dictionary presents the 1,500 key Tagalog words and sentences that speakers need to
What is the difference between mean and median, blatant and flagrant, flout and flaunt? Is it whodunnit or whodunit? Do you know? Are you sure? With Troublesome Words, journalist and bestselling travel-writer Bill Bryson gives us a clear, concise and entertaining guide to the problems of English usage and spelling that has been an indispensable companion to those who work with the written word for over twenty years. So if you want to discover whether you should care about split infinitives, are cursed with an uncontrollable outbreak of commas or were wondering if that newsreader was right to say 'an historic day', this superb book is the place to find out.
`Let's eat Grandma' OR `Let's eat, Grandma'? This fun yet informative book offers bite-sized tips and advice on everything you need to know about grammar - including common misspellings, how to use punctuation correctly, applying the right tense - and will turn you from a logophobe to a grammarphile in no time!
Every age and social strata has its bad eggs, rule-breakers, and nose-thumbers. As acclaimed popular historian and author of How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodman shows in her madcap chronicle, Elizabethan England was particularly rank with troublemakers, from snooty needlers who took aim with a cutting "thee," to lowbrow drunkards with revolting table manners. Goodman draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to offer this colorfully crude portrait of offenses most foul. Mischievous readers will delight in learning how to time your impressions for the biggest laugh, why quoting Shakespeare was poor form, and why curses hurled at women were almost always about sex (and why we shouldn't be surprised). Bringing her signature "exhilarating and contagious" enthusiasm (Boston Globe), this is a celebration of one of history's naughtiest periods, when derision was an art form.
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