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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (Wordsworth Reference) Paperback – 1 Sep 1997

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  • Paperback: 742 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New ed of 1926 ed edition (1 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853263184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853263187
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Henry Watson Fowler (1858-1933) was a translator, lexicographer, and grammarian. With his brother Frank (1870-1918) he compiled the first edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (published 1911) and the Pocket Oxford Dictionary (published in 1924, after Franks' death). Frank helped to plan Modern English Usage with his brother but he died before it was published and it was executed by Henry alone. The name Fowler has become synonymous with reliable and accurate reference on all
aspects of written English.

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a, an. 1. A is used before all consonants except silent h (a history,an hour) ; an was formerly usual before an unaccented syllable beginning with h (an historical work), but now that the h in such words is pronounced the distinction has become pedantic, & a historical should be said & written ; similarly an humble is now meaningless & undesirable. Read the first page
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ocular on 15 Aug. 2006
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This book is extremely simple to understand -- the title of "Dictionary" is very appropriate, however the terrible printing and layout mean once you've found the entry you're looking for it's difficult to read.

On some pages it's tricky even to visually distinguish the boldface words from the body text, relegating this book to the shelf.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The Best English Usage Book Available 27 May 1999
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Excuse the superfluous capitals. Fowler/Gowers 2nd Ed. is quite brilliant; learned and full of humour. It successfully walks the line between descriptive and prescriptive grammar (with perhaps a tendency to over-emphasise prescriptive). The 1st Ed. was too stuffy; the new 3rd Ed. does not come close; indeed it is far too tolerant of the monstrosities so frequently heard today.
My favourite bedside book by a long way.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Content is interesting, but print is hard to read 17 Feb. 2008
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The content of this book is quite interesting, including all kinds of history of the usage of various words. However, it's very difficult to read, because the print is very blurry. It looks like it was photocopied from an older photocopy. They really need to redo the original.
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A Great Reference 16 May 2013
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Fowler was, and still may well be, the standard by which modern English usage works are judged. Lots of references from the rather obvious to the arcane--a good reference for any writer or would-be writer.
7 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I Can't Read This 16 Dec. 2000
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The print is tiny, but then maybe we of the over-forty crowd should have learned all this years ago.
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