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A Practical Writing Guide for Academic Librarians by Jonathan Wallace, Anne Langley

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Style: short and sweet

If you came to this book looking for rules about writing, this chapter is the closest you’re going to get.

This is not, however, a chapter about grammar. We’re not going to make a fuss about whether you split infinitives, or start sentences with ‘and’. We’re not going to tell you whether it’s better to ask ‘Who do you love?’ or ‘Whom do you love?’ And we’re not going to try to persuade you that you should choose carefully whether to say ‘think’, ‘believe’ or ‘feel’. In disputes like these, we don’t have a dog in the race.

Our rules – suggestions, really – will help you make what you write more concise, more direct and clearer. That is, they’re about making your writing short and sweet – sweet in this case meaning not ...

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