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The Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the… (1983)

by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

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An entertaining guide to punctuation with individual chapters devoted to each punctuation mark.
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Grammar. That most hated of subjects - you either get it, or don't. Luckily, this book explains grammar using humorous sentences that both explain, and keeps a reader interested. And... its short. Which is always helpful. I especially love the illustrations. This is the first grammar book that I think I would actually want to use. I think I will start giving this book to high school graduates. It seems more useful than that Dr. Seuss book everyone gets! ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Mar 16, 2014 |
(Shelf-Clearing Project Reference Book). A charming and exhaustive guide to punctuation, illustrated with amusing sentences and archival black-and-white pictures. Ms. Gordon endorses the Oxford Comma, so this one is definitely a keeper. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Awesome, a grammar handbook that is entertaining. Gordon's whimsical sentences, which illustrate the many ways in which to apply commas, semi colons, and other punctuation marks make one forget that this book provides good guidance for all your tricky punctuation questions. How much more fun would 7th grade grammar have been if the sentences in our grammar text--"Saturday's Council meeting was unusually harmonious, for no one raised any objections."-- were replaced with the gems in The Well-Tempered Sentence: "The room filled up with philanderers, all seeking some buxom relief." "And don't you dare set foot in my hearse ever again!" ( )
  patience_crabstick | Dec 25, 2008 |
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I doubt that even my most hardcore grammar geek friends have ever laughed out loud while reading about writing properly. (I did while reading this one, and I got some strange looks from people in my vicinity.)
 
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I can't possibly give this book to one person, but certain sentences in it are for David Bromige, Judith Wright, Harold Schneider, Baillie Kay, Robert Bly, Carol Dunlop, and Kay Turney. For their ineffable assistance, I wish to thank Linda Purdy and Maia Gregory. And thanks to Paul Aaen Gordon for his definition of Time
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The period is used to mark the end of a declarative or mild imperative sentence.
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Please distinguish Karen Elizabeth Gordon's original Work, The Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed (1983), from her revised edition, The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed (1993).
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