By Bill Bryson
From certainly one of America's so much liked and bestselling authors, a superbly helpful and readable consultant to the issues of the English language most ordinarily encountered through editors and writers.
What is the adaptation among “immanent” and “imminent”? what's the singular type of graffiti? what's the distinction among “acute” and “chronic”? what's the former identify of “Moldova”? what's the distinction among a cardinal quantity and an ordinal quantity? one of many English language's such a lot expert writers solutions those and plenty of different questions and publications us all towards detailed, mistake-free utilization. overlaying spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and overseas names and words, Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors can be an necessary better half for all who care adequate approximately our language to not maul, misuse, or contort it.
This dictionary is an important consultant to the splendidly disordered factor that's the English language. As invoice Bryson notes, it's going to offer you “the solutions to all these issues of written utilization that you simply type of recognize or should comprehend yet can’t particularly remember.”
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Plate sections falling at the end of a work are introduced by their own part title. 3 Chapters Most prose works are divided into chapters, which may be given a title, a number (usually in arabic figures), or—especially in non-fiction—both. 16 The parts of a book | CHAPTER 1 The decision is influenced by how useful the form is for the reader, and how many cross-references there might be to that level of division. The use of the word Chapter with a number is optional. The first page of a chapter does not have a running head; its page number appears at the foot of the page (drop folio) even when the numbering appears in the head margin on other pages.
Alternatively, a line may be left between paragraphs, which is a common practice in typing and in computer printouts. But this has the disadvantage of failing to show where a paragraph begins at the top of the next page. In written dialogue, a new paragraph indent is normally required for each new speaker or interruption. ), set either in the margins or at the beginning of headings. Depending on the work's structure, these may be in addition to or instead of section and subsection numbering. Numbered paragraphs afford greater accuracy in cross-references, index, tables, and supplements, since a paragraph number is usually more specific than a page number.
Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors by Bill Bryson