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Speak Better

Speak Better

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Project Gutenberg's How to Speak and Write Correctly, by Joseph DevlinCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributingthis or any other Project Gutenberg eBook. This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this ProjectGutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit theheader without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about theeBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included isimportant information about your specific rights and restrictions inhow the file may be used. You can also find out about how to make adonation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!***** Title: How to Speak and Write CorrectlyAuthor: Joseph DevlinRelease Date: September, 2004 [EBook #6409][Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule][This file was first posted on December 8, 2002]Edition: 10Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HOW TO SPEAK AND WRITE ***Produced by Tom Allen, Charles Franksand the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.
CHAPTER IREQUIREMENTS OF SPEECHVocabulary. Parts of speech. RequisitesCHAPTER IIESSENTIALS OF ENGLISH GRAMMARDivisions of grammar. Definitions. Etymology.CHAPTER III THE SENTENCEDifferent kinds. Arrangement of words Paragraph.CHAPTER IVFIGURATIVE LANGUAGEFigures of speech. Definitions and examples. Use of figures.CHAPTER VPUNCTUATIONPrincipal points. Illustrations. Capital letters.CHAPTER VILETTER WRITINGPrinciples of letter writing. Forms. Notes.CHAPTER VIIERRORSMistakes. Slips of authors. Examples and corrections.Errors of redundancy.CHAPTER VIIIPITFALLS TO AVOIDCommon stumbling blocks. Peculiar constructions. Misused forms.CHAPTER IXSTYLEDiction. Purity. Propriety. Precision.CHAPTER XSUGGESTIONSHow to write. What to write. Correct speaking and speakers.
CHAPTER XISLANGOrigin. American slang. Foreign slang.CHAPTER XIIWRITING FOR NEWSPAPERSQualification. Appropriate subjects. Directions.CHAPTER XIIICHOICE OF WORDSSmall words. Their importance. The Anglo-Saxon element.CHAPTER XIVENGLISH LANGUAGEBeginning. Different Sources. The present.CHAPTER XVMASTERS AND MASTERPIECES OF LITERATUREGreat authors. Classification. The world's best books.
In the preparation of this little work the writer has kept one end inview, viz.: To make it serviceable for those for whom it is intended, thatis, for those who have neither the time nor the opportunity, thelearning nor the inclination, to peruse elaborate and abstruse treatiseson Rhetoric, Grammar, and Composition. To them such works are asgold enclosed in chests of steel and locked beyond power of opening. This book has no pretension about it whatever,—it is neither a Manualof Rhetoric, expatiating on the dogmas of style, nor a Grammar full of arbitrary rules and exceptions. It is merely an effort to help ordinary,everyday people to express themselves in ordinary, everydaylanguage, in a proper manner. Some broad rules are laid down, theobservance of which will enable the reader to keep within the pale of propriety in oral and written language. Many idiomatic words andexpressions, peculiar to the language, have been given, besides whicha number of the common mistakes and pitfalls have been placedbefore the reader so that he may know and avoid them. The writer has to acknowledge his indebtedness to no one in
,but to all in
who have ever written on the subject. The little book goes forth—a finger-post on the road of languagepointing in the right direction. It is hoped that they who go according toits index will arrive at the goal of correct speaking and writing.
Vocabulary—Parts of Speech—Requisites

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