Monday, February 16, 2004

From the Elements of Style 

Some famous and wise advice about plain English style:

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

— William Strunk Jr.
in Elements of Style

Here are some online resources that address the problems of redundancy and the art of being concise.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Ben Franklin Library Page 

Here's the amazing Ben Franklin Library page (thanks Maria!), which is full of pointers to English language learning resources. For some self-tests and quizzes, try this page.

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