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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage Hardcover – 27 Apr 1995

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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: 5.1 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 663,870 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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Don't buy this to use it on a Samsung tablet. Kindle is a rather poor system for reference books in any event, but awful in this combination. Two examples - you can't turn to the index page, you have to "bookmark" it and then go to the bookmark, and then start going through the several pages of index to the section of the alphabet you want.
Secondly, it always asks you if you want to pick up at the furthest page you were reading -of course not, it's a reference book, not a novel. Duh.
These problems are overcome with relative ease on a desktop - disastrous on a tablet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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