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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; 1 edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550022768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550022766
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[The Canadian Style] is a valuable reference work for Canadian writers and editors, particularly those employed in the public service. (Sarah Robertson CBRA)

Provides concise, up-to-date information on such puzzling questions as when to capitalize, when to italicize, Canadian vs. American and/or British spellings and problems of usage.

(Arts Scarborough)

An inexpensive Canadian guide useful for anyone who has to write for school or work.

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The revised edition of The Canadian Style continues to set the standard for English language usage in Canada. This reasonably priced handbook is cross-referenced, and indexed chapters make it easy to find the information you need. It provides concise, up-to-date answers to a host of questions on abbreviations, hyphenation, word division, spelling, the use of capital letters, italics, punctuation, quotations, prepositional usage, and frequently misused or confused words.

It deals with metric units, dates and other numerical expressions, and also covers letter, memo and report formats, notes, indexes and bibliographies, and geographical names. New chapters give techniques for writing clearly and concisely, editing documents, and avoiding stereotyping in communications. There is even an appendix on how to present French words in an English text.

The Canadian Style is an indispensable language guide for editors, copywriters, students, teachers, lawyers, journalists, secretaries and business people -- in fact, anyone writing in the English language in Canada today.

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The revised edition of The Canadian Style continues to set the standard for English Language usage in Canada. This reasonably priced handbook is cross-referenced, and indexed chapters make it easy to find the information you need. It provides concise, up-to-date answers to a host of questions on abbreviations, hyphenation, word division, spelling, the use of capital letters, italics, punctuation, quotations prepositional usage, and frequently misused or confused words.

It deals with metric units, dates and other numerical expressions, and also covers letter, memo and report formats, notes, indexes and bibliographies, and geographical names. New chapters give techniques for writing clearly and concisely, editing documents, and avoiding stereotyping in communications. There is even an appendix on how to present French words in an English text.

The Canadian Style is an indispensable language guide for editors, copywriters, students, teachers, layers, journalists, secretaries and business peoplein fact, anyone writing in the English language in Canada today.

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If you're thinking about picking up this book to fill out your home library and tighten up your personal writing a little bit, then this is a reasonable choice. It gets most of the important things mostly right. If, however, you are serious writer or editor and you are looking for that single authoritative book on style, this is not the book for you.
If you're the kind of person who has strong feelings about the Oxford comma (either way) then you will likely find some parts of this book slightly annoying. There are some inconsistencies and illogical choices that just don't make sense. Beyond some minor difficulties, I've also taken issue with some of the odd typographical choices that were made. None of these annoyances are especially heinous on their own. Who can really get all that worked up over punctuation?
If you already have a strong base in style, or if you have another high-quality authoritative style-related book, then this book is a decent guide to the quirks of Canadian writing. As long as you feel confident enough to take the good and ignore the bad, this book can be very useful to a Canadian writer.
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Absolute must have if you are a translator, which I am! Its is your right-hand man for any question or doubts on editing or writing skills and style! Two thumbs-up!!!!
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"The Canadian Style" is an essential tool for editors and translators and others involved with writing in their daily lives. There are a number of writers I have come across who could benefit from having it handy as well. The 1996 revised and expanded edition is the fruit of a great deal of experience, as well as practice in the making of this unique kind of reference tool. At first sight, it's not that easy to find your way around such a book. However, once you've used it for a month or two, you'll find that you can go to the right section fairly quickly: it is well set out. Among the myriad problems that it covers, there's a useful section on Canadian geographical names and a quick look at French typographical rules. Whilst you may or may not find this last section of use, it indicates the degree of thoroughness that the book is attempting. All wordsmiths on the upper (slightly colder) side of the border should own it.
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The source for all my military and official writing
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L'indispensable pour tout(e adjoint(e) administratif(ve); l'outil par excellence pour l'anglais des affaires. A+
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Advertised as used but looked brand new. Excellent.
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This is an updated version of a publication that I had bought when first released in 1985 -- and which I consulted frequently over my Public Service and private-sector careers. I found it an invaluable reference for my own writing and editing work, and felt that my adult daughter could use a similar guide in her personal and business communications.
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