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Fowler's Modern English Usage (2nd Edition) Paperback – 1 Apr 1983


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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192813897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192813893
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 3.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book which deserves to be on every shelf in the UK (and beyond).
It is not a thesaurus or a dictionary, but a carefully constructed masterpiece which should ensure you never put a foot wrong in expressing yourself in English either in writing or in speech.
Unfortunately, much correct usage is disappearing - so buy the book and make your writing remarkable!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2010
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More than a dictionary of definitions, this handy Fowler's (paperback, 1983 rev. edition, Gowers) expresses opinions on the use and misuse of words and parts of speech (dropping prepositions, , noun-adjectives), and is interesting and enlightening reading. The entry on 'program', for example, tells me that this was the British way of spelling this word until somewhere in the 19th century. The dual use today of the idiomatic 'me' ending -- as in radio P) -- and the shorter, more widely-used version -- properly restricted in application in British English to a computer P -- is a helpful bit of information usually outside the scope of a standard dictionary.

The explanations are lucid, the text is set in a clear, legible 9pt type, double-columned pages, with white space between each bold-face entry. It's not a substitute for a dictionary. There are only 6 entries under 'Z', for example. It concentrates on grammar and usage. As a tool for the writer's kitbag, Fowler's is a valuable addition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor Atkins on 14 Mar. 2009
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The book covers a breadth of information, as you would expect. It's concise and easy to follow. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants, or needs, to write in a grammatically correct, and unambiguous syntax.

Interestingly, the punctuations (comma, colon, semi-colon etc.) are listed together, alphabetically, in the section 'stops', which makes it easier to make comparisons, between different punctuation marks.

One issue I have, and the reason that it is not five stars, in some areas it is not as clear, or concise, as it might be, which requires comparisons between examples.

PS The typeface in my re-issue is very easy to read, which could explain the readability that I have experienced compared to people with different versions.
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Very useful . The correct use of English is something which should be taught more in school I think. This book shows the way.
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