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Clean, Well-lighted Sentences: A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation Paperback – 8 Sep 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393337150 ISBN-10: 0393337154 Edition: 1st

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Janis Bell is the warm, smart English teacher you wish you'd had, and [this] is the grammar book you've been waiting for.--Samantha Berry

This gem provides answers to everyday questions facing writers rather than an exhausting list of rules we seldom remember or need.--Mike Nobles

I am not a fan of grammar and usage books that try to be too cute...[Bell's] book is not dry or boring, but [she] doesn't waste a reader's time with her own cleverness. Her explanations are straightforward and practical. (She writes 'clean, well-lighted sentences.')--Pam Nelson

This will sit on my shelf alongside the dictionary and will undoubtedly develop worn pages from frequent use.--Melanie Sperling, Associate Professor of Education, University of California, Riverside

This book has made me a better writer and communicator and is a must-read for college students, future teachers and others who must continue to rely on written forms of communication.--Mark Clark, Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

You will find reading Janis Bell is a pleasure...This is a book that gives you an immense training ground without being dry or mechanically overloaded as such books too often are.--Michael Krasny, host of Forum on KQED-FM, San Francisco, and professor of English, San Francisco State University

About the Author

Janis Bell, English professor and writing consultant in San Francisco, California, created this guide after teaching writing for more than three decades. She knows, by heart, the questions that students and businesspeople are inclined to ask. And she answers, from the heart, in ways that delight.

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