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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 996 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877791325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877791324
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 9.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explains the correct use of words that pose special problems of confused or disputed language.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding, Valuable Reference 18 Aug 1999
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This thoroughly researched reference will greatly improve your writing, and free you from arbitrary restrictive rules that make your writing seem stilted and artificial. Every recommendation is supported by a careful analysis of numerous examples of actual writing. It exposes the myths of English usage, and does away with made-up rules that no one follows except high-school English teachers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly useful, informative, and fun! 6 Feb 1999
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A distinguishing feature is the intelligent, restrained wit of the entries. The thoroughness of the citations is exemplary. Where else can one read almost two full pages on the phrase 'as to' and really enjoy it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Modern English Usage" 26 Aug 1997
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The book is clear, readable, thorough, common-sensical, and not snooty. It's better than Fowler's "Modern English Usage," the first two editions and Burchfield's, because it doesn't try to be a dictionary, a guide to writing, and a guide to word usage: You can't get there from here. Mr. Gilman, the editor, wisely (and with a restrained wit) limits the book to advice on word usage. (F.E. Keyes, Jr./Senior Editor, BDM International--Arizona)
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1.0 out of 5 stars a speciously reasoned defense of bad usage 29 Mar 1999
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Whatever advice you find here that is different from advice you might find in a conventional grammar book is advice you should not follow--if you want to appear reasonably literate to reasonably literate readers, at least. Get hold of a conventional grammar book, say, "The Elements of Grammar". Get hold of a good dictionary, an American Heritage first edition (if you can find it). Get hold of Strunk and White's "The Element of Style". Get hold of the second edition of Henry Fowler's "Modern English Usage" (edited by Ernest Gowers). You're set.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a spuriously reasoned defense of bad usage 27 Mar 1999
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Whatever advice you find here that is different from advice you might find in a conventional grammar book is advice you should not follow--if you want to appear reasonably literate to reasonably literate readers, at least. Get hold of a conventional grammar book, say, 'The Elements of Grammar'. Get hold of a good dictionary, an American Heritage first edition (if you can find it). Get hold of Strunk and White's 'The Element of Style'. Get hold of the second edition of Henry Fowler's 'Modern English Usage' (edited by Ernest Gowers). You're set.
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