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The Complete Editor, 2nd Edition by Edward Mullins, James Glen Stovall

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Tools of the Editor

 

Grammar

Punctuation

Spelling

Dealing with Words

Common Writing Errors

Keepers of the Language

Exercises

 

English is a basic tool of the editor. Like any other worker, the editor must know the tools of his or her trade thoroughly—what the tools can do as well as their limitations. Knowing when and under what circumstances they can be properly used is vital. Above all, a worker must know how to use the tools to get the job done. The editor needs to think of language as a tool, as a means of getting a job done. The editor who cannot coherently use the English language is like a carpenter who cannot saw a straight line. The products of such an editor or carpenter will not inspire confidence; nor will ...

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