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Modern English Handbook.
by Gorrell, Robert M. And Charlton Laird. Stuart Chase.
Published by Prentice-Hall, New York (1953)
Hardcover First Edition Measures 8.75x5.75 inches Weighs 2 pounds

Condition: Fair.
Black cloth boards with gold text and red/gold decoration on front cover. Gold text and red/gold decoration on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Clean pages, crisp text.
Quite a lot of the front gutter is showing, though pages are tight in text block. Bumped corners and outer edges are stamped "defective". Reading copy that will display nicely.

lf$ puzzling work, talking is.—GEORGE ELIOT
Using English is puzzling work, but this book assumes that it is
less puzzling than it has sometimes been made to seem and that
any language can be learned best if studied through its actual struc­
ture. We have tried to base our discussion of English upon observa­
tions of living language; and since even the so-called faults and
errors in language often grow not so much from faulty usage as
from lack of clear and cogent expression, we have tried to prepare
the book with correction symbols to allow for both positive and
negative criticism.
The result is an emphasis different from that to be found in pre­
vious handbooks. Recognition of word order as the fundamental
grammatical device of modern English, for example, has caused us
to place greater stress on basic sentence patterns and logical rela­
tionships of words and ideas in a sentence than on distinctions be­
tween shall and will and between the indicative and subjunctive
moods. We believe this approach to be more rewarding than the
traditional one because, significantly, it emphasizes the functional
aspect of language. We also believe our approach to be easier than
the traditional one, because it depends on principles of writing and
speaking familiar to all users of the language. These principles are
so fundamental and so much a part of the way Americans communi­
cate automatically that we tend to take them for granted; but once
the basic principles are formulated, they become the natural founda­
tions for improved writing.
We have found no necessity to be either "liberal" or "conserva­
tive"; in fact, we have not tried to adopt any "attitude** at all. We
have tried rather to show what words and combinations of words
do. The important difference between "It is not true** and " *Tain*t
so" is not that one is right and the other wrong or that the "best**

Modern English Handbook, Robert Gorrell, Prentice-Hall 1953, Language Study Grammar Relationships of Words and Ideas, Vintage Reference Book


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