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Chapter 1. Are You Grammarphobic? > A Civil Tongue: Standards for Effective Com... - Pg. 9

Are You Grammarphobic? 9 The Least You Need to Know · Grammar is a branch of linguistics that deals with the form and structure of words. · Usage is the customary way we use language in speech and writing. The correct level of usage is the one that is appropriate for the occasion. · Mechanics include punctuation, numbers, quotation marks, capitalization, abbreviations, and italics. · A writer's style is his or her distinctive way of writing. · Good communication is clear, complete, correct, efficient, and effective.