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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperReference; 2nd Ed edition (Feb 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062731319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062731319
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,332,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By boaeric on 20 Mar 2014
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It's all about the analyses of synonyms and their usages. Very informative and useful for English learners. I like it.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Useful Reference 20 Jun 2006
By Mona Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a very helpful reference. If someone has writer's block, this book will get them moving forward again. It contains many frequently used (and some less frequently used) words and, unlike thesauruses, gives information about words/synonyms so that the most appropriate one can be discovered. The index in the back of the book helps to find the page the word is on. I have quite a few thesaurus-like books and this one I use most often.
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
choose the right word 21 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book on the choice of word when we are writing. I especially found it useful when I am writing on performance appraisal and recommendation for my subordinates. The book explain the meaning of each word among a group of words with similar meaning. You can just pick up the word exactly appropriate to describe a person or situation. I highly recommend this book to you if you also have the problems in choosing the right word while you are writing.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
great book for choosing between synonyms 2 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
No two words are perfect synonyms. They come from different origins; they evoke different emotional images. Professor/Senator Hayakawa provides excellent guidance on how to choose between similar words. I read an earlier version of this book with a different title.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
It's a Diction-thesaurus-ary! (And more.) 18 Mar 2006
By R. D. Shank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Look up a word. You will find a list of synonymns. You'll find a definition and correct useage guide for each of the synonyms. And, if the word has antonyms, you'll find those as well. This book is a must for students and writers.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best book of word meanings and connotations. 3 July 2010
By Aussie Wordsmith - Published on Amazon.com
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This title is exactly what I wanted. I was given a hardcover copy in 1969 and have used it endlessly since. At that time I had a severe stutter and my wonderful Mum said "If you can't say a word then don't - choose another". So she provided this book for me, which would have been expensive on their small budget. As a result I have developed a love of words and pride in knowing and choosing just the right word for what I want so say. If I'm not sure - then I know where to go - "Choose the Right Word".
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