Rules to Live By #5-#10 from The Elements of Style

Rule #5:

“As a rule it is better to express even a negative in positive form.”

Rule #6:

“Prefer the specific to the general, the definite to the vague, the concrete to the abstract.”

Rule #7:

“Common sense will aid you in the decision, but a dictionary is more reliable. ”

Rule #8

“Confusion and ambiguity result when words are badly placed.”

Rule #9:

“Sometimes …the interruption is a deliberate device for creating suspense.”

Rule #10:

And the grand finale  …

“We should all try to do a little better.”

The Elements of Style – Strunk, White & Kalman



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