Accidence Will Happen

Accidence Will Happen The Non-Pedantic Guide to English

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Publisher's Synopsis

Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right?
To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?
And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'?

We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm demonstrates, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded. ACCIDENCE WILL HAPPEN is an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style and the linguistic conundrums we all face.

'A unique and indispensable guide to usage' STEVEN PINKER

'An immensely intelligent and playful polemic, cheeky and erudite by turns...certainly gets the blood pumping, so do read it' THE TIMES

'A superb book' INDEPENDENT

Book information

ISBN: 9781780227955
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 428
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xviii, 301
Weight: 298g
Height: 131mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 25mm