The Elements of Style

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The Elements of Style
by William Strunk, Jr.
The Elements of Style ("Strunk & White") is an American English writing style guide. It is one of the most influential and best-known prescriptive treatments of English grammar and usage in the United States. It originally detailed eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, "a few matters of form," and a list of commonly misused words and expressions. Updated editions of the paperback book are often required reading for American high school and college composition classes.— Excerpted from The Elements of Style on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Brief contents[edit]

  1. Introductory
  2. Elementary Rules of Usage
  3. Elementary Principles of Composition
  4. A Few Matters of Form
  5. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused
  6. Words Commonly Misspelled

Contents[edit]

  1. Introductory
  2. Elementary Rules of Usage
  3. Elementary Principles of Composition
  4. A Few Matters of Form
  5. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused
  6. Words Commonly Misspelled


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1946, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.