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This book is now Out of Print.
A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
The Economist Style Guide 11th ed isbn 9781781253120

The Economist Style Guide 10th ed

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Edited by: John Grimond

ISBN13: 9781846686061
New Edition ISBN: 9781781253120
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781846681752
Published: April 2011
Publisher: Profile Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



This is the best selling guide to English usage, now in paperback. This expanded tenth edition of the bestselling guide to style is based on the "Economist's" own updated house style manual, and is an invaluable companion for everyone who wants to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which the "Economist" is renowned. As the introduction says, 'clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought.' The "Economist Style Guide" gives general advice on writing, points out common errors and cliches, offers guidance on consistent use of punctuation, abbreviations and capital letters, and contains an exhaustive range of reference material - covering everything from accountancy ratios and stock market indices to laws of nature and science. Some of the numerous useful rules and common mistakes pointed out in the guide include: Which informs, that defines. This is the house that Jack built. But: This house, which Jack built, is now falling down. Discreet means circumspect or prudent; discrete means separate or distinct. Remember that "Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are" (Oscar Wilde). Flaunt means display, flout means disdain. If you flout this distinction you will flaunt your ignorance. Forgo means do without; forego means go before. Fortuitous means accidental, not fortunate or well-timed. Times Take care. Three times more than X is four times as much as X. Full stops Use plenty. They keep sentences short. This helps the reader.