by A.J.J. Ratcliff ... This is a practical refresher course on the writing of sentence in English: it is not a book for reading. No doubt the best way to learn to write is to read sound writers and then write under their influence. The ideal thing is to imbibe the sentence tense and the sentence habit. But the plain fact is - a fact that every examiner will confirm, nay, every one connected with English teaching from the infant school to the University - that English boy and girls, youths and maidens, men and women, do not imbibe the sense and habit, at any rate to a satisfactory extent. The proportion of say students of twenty who can be certain to write a page of prose on a given subject without composing one ill-constructed sentence must be about 5% (percent) at the most. English as a language seems to induce this state of affairs.
A boy of fourteen might benefit; and so might an undergraduate. At least neither could then plead that he had never heard of the importance of sentence SHAPE!