The Elements of Style

Why do author of Elements of Style use an authoritative tone?

Strunk wrote his original manuscript in the authoritative tone of the professor speaking from the lectern, and White, in his additions, followed Strunk's lead. While the authors acknowledge that some of their views are not universally held, they go on to present those views as representing the highest standards of written English. Why the authors decided to use this tone and how does this technique affect the reader.

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