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Monday, April 9, 2012

Grammar Today: Rigid Rules or Rhetorical Choices? | Loretta Gray, Publishing Perspectives

Gray reviews the wise advice in this book:

The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, first published by John C. Hodges just over seventy years ago and now in its eighteenth edition, takes a nuanced view of proper grammar. It asks students to learn not only what is deemed correct but also what is considered appropriate for a particular purpose and audience. (After all, proper and appropriate have the same Latin root.) Instead of just referring to rules, the book mentions conventions, asking students to think of the expectations held by their readers.
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