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How to Write Clearly

(1886)
Rules and Exercises on English Composition.
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Almost every English boy can be taught to write clearly, so far at least as clearness depends upon the arrangement of words. Force, elegance, and variety of style are more difficult to teach, and far more difficult to learn; but clear writing can be reduced to rules. To teach the art of writing clearly is the main object of these Rules and Exercises. Ambiguity may arise, not only from bad arrangement, but also from other causes - from the misuse of single words, and from confused thought. These causes are not removable by definite rules, and therefore, though not neglected, are not prominently considered in this book. My object rather is to point out some few continually recurring causes of ambiguity, and to suggest definite remedies in each case. Speeches in Parliament, newspaper narratives and articles, and, above all, resolutions at public meetings, furnish abundant instances of obscurity arising from the monotonous neglect of some dozen simple rules. The art of writing forcibly is, of course, a valuable acquisition - almost as valuable as the art of writing clearly. But forcible expression is not, like clear expression, a mere question of mechanism and of the manipulation of words; it is a much higher power, and implies much more. Writing clearly does not imply thinking clearly. A man may think and reason as obscurely as Dogberry himself, but he may (though it is not probable that he will) be able to write clearly for all that. Writing clearly - so far as arrangement of words is concerned - is a mere matter of adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and auxiliary verbs, placed and repeated according to definite rules. Even obscure or illogical thought can be clearly expressed; indeed, the transparent medium of clear writing is not least beneficial when it reveals the illogical nature of the meaning beneath it. On the other hand, if a man is to write forcibly, he must (to use a well-known illustration) describe Jerusalem as "sown with salt," not as "captured," and the Jews not as being "subdued" but as "almost exterminated" by Titus. But what does this imply? It implies knowledge, and very often a great deal of knowledge, and it implies also a vivid imagination. The writer must have eyes to see the vivid side of everything, as well as words to describe what he sees. Hence forcible writing, and of course tasteful writing also, is far less a matter of rules than is clear writing; and hence, though forcible writing is exemplified in the exercises, clear writing occupies most of the space devoted to the rules.

    

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August 2016 : Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly; Rules and Exercises on English Composition
Author(s): Edwin Abbott 1838-1926 Abbott
ISBN: 1-362-75100-6 / 978-1-362-75100-7
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September 2015 : Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
ISBN: 1-340-89698-2 / 978-1-340-89698-0
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August 2015 : Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition
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ISBN: 1-340-61579-7 / 978-1-340-61579-6
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises On English Composition
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly; Rules and Exercises on English Composition
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: How To Write Clearly: Rules And Exercises On English Composition (1872)
Author(s): Edwin A Abbott
ISBN: 1-168-91838-3 / 978-1-168-91838-3 (USA edition)
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May 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition (1872)
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August 2017 : Australia Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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August 2017 : Australia Paperback
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August 2017 : Australia Paperback
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Title: How to write clearly. Rules and exercises on English composition
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August 2016 : Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly; Rules and Exercises on English Composition
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ISBN: 1-362-75099-9 / 978-1-362-75099-4
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May 2016 : Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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February 2016 : Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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November 2015 : Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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November 2015 : Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition - Primary Source Edition
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
ISBN: 1-287-40160-0 / 978-1-287-40160-5 (USA edition)
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October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly. Rules and Exercises on English Composition
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
ISBN: 1-290-72745-7 / 978-1-290-72745-7 (UK edition)
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July 2012 : USA Paperback
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June 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Edwin Abbott
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: How To Write Clearly: Rules And Exercises On English Composition
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April 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: How To Write Clearly: Rules And Exercises On English Composition
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly; Rules and Exercises on English Composition
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: How To Write Clearly: Rules And Exercises On English Composition (1872)
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to write clearly; rules and exercises on English composition
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to write clearly. Rules and exercises on English composition
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises On English Composition
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises On English Composition
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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May 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly (Bibliolife Reproduction Series)
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ISBN: 1-110-47618-3 / 978-1-110-47618-3 (USA edition)
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly; Rules and Exercises on English Composition
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly; Rules and Exercises on English Composition
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly; Rules and Exercises on English Composition
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
ISBN: 0-559-17173-0 / 978-0-559-17173-4 (USA edition)
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June 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: How To Write Clearly: Rules And Exercises On English Composition (1872)
Author(s): Edwin A Abbott
ISBN: 1-4368-7831-4 / 978-1-4368-7831-9 (USA edition)
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
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Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How to Write Clearly, Rules and Exercises on English Composition
Author(s): Edwin A Abbott
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November 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How to Write Clearly
Author(s): Edwin Abbott Abbott
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March 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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