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Mend Your English: Or What You Should Have Been Taught at Primary School Paperback – Aug 1992


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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Publishing; 7th edition edition (Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 062015019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0620150194
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
If you aspire to clear thought, if you are a teacher or parent, if you want to put right the wrongs of your schooling, you must read this book Bruton-Simmonds wastes not a single word in his demolition of the vulgar and the flabby in the way we speak and write today. But this is more than a book on grammar: clarity and precision of thought, he argues, go hand-in-hand with clear and precise English. I agree. I suspect this will be uncomfortable reading for those with nothing to say but who say it anyway. For the rest this is a littel jewel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sunghee Lew on 31 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
I have kooked at a number of books on English.
For me, this is the best.
It shows what a poweful language good English is, and how to use it.
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Fantastic and invaluable with much dry wit throughout. A great companion to really improving your all round english both spoken and written.
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 2003
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There is clearly a need for books like these, and Mr Bruton-Simmonds has sought to exploit a potentially lucrative market. However he has little of worth to say, and there are many better books out the which cover the same ground.
The book is poorly structured, so cannot be used as a reference book or grammar. There is little universality to the advice which instead comes across as semi-random series of predjudices. That the book tails off into a long, irrelevant diatribe about pop music underlines the author's highly subjective and personal approach.
Worse, some of his advice is incorrect, at other times of limited usefulness.
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