Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English

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Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English

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Author :   Oliver Kamm
Publisher :   Orion Publishing Co
Published :   22/10/2015
ISBN :   9781780227955
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   xviii, 301
Size (mm) :   129x197x23
Weight (g) :   286

Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right?
To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?
And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'?
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Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right?
To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?
And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'?
We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm demonstrates, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded. ACCIDENCE WILL HAPPEN is an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style and the linguistic conundrums we all face.
'A unique and indispensable guide to usage' STEVEN PINKER
'An immensely intelligent and playful polemic, cheeky and erudite by turns...certainly gets the blood pumping, so do read it' THE TIMES
'A superb book' INDEPENDENT