The Complete Plain Words
|The Complete Plain Words|
Cover of 5th impression, 1958
|Author||Sir Ernest Gowers|
Published in English
The Complete Plain Words is a style guide written by Sir Ernest Gowers and published in 1954. It has never been out of print. It comprises expanded and revised versions of two pamphlets that he wrote at the request of Sir Edward Bridges (then head of the Home Civil Service): Plain Words, published in 1948 as a two-shilling pamphlet aimed at civil servants and An ABC of Plain Words which was published in 1951. 
- Fowler's Modern English Usage
- The Chicago Manual of Style
- The Elements of Style
- Hart's Rules
- Practical English Usage by Michael Swan, a guide to grammar aimed at non-native English speakers
- Burchfield, R. W. Gowers, Sir Ernest Arthur (1880–1966). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
- Gowers, Ernest (1958). The Complete Plain Words (Fifth impression, with amendments ed.). Her Majesty's Stationery Office. pp. iii, 1. "The purpose of this book is to help officials in their use of written English as a tool of their trade."
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