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Oxford A-Z of English Usage [Paperback]

Jeremy Butterfield
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23 Aug 2007
Readers and writers of all levels will find the Oxford A-Z of English Usage essential. Based on Oxford's world-leading dictionary research programmes and contemporary language monitoring and giving examples of real usage, this book provides the essential information about usage and correct English that is needed on a day-to-day basis. Arranged in A-Z sequence, it contains over 600 entries on common issues of uncertainty and confusion (e.g. licence / license; learning difficulties / mental handicap; lest; less; and latter) . In addition, there are more than 20 special feature articles on specific topics such as hyphenation or the use of Latin plurals. With a two-colour page design, the Oxford A-Z of English Usage gives the reader quick and easy access to the answers, with clear and coherent explanations and illustrations. It will prove the first port of call for any reader seeking clear, authoritative help with usage questions. Both easy to use and comprehensive, it is an essential tool for writing at home, in the office, at school, and at college.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (23 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199231532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199231539
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.3 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Butterfield is a freelance consultant and writer. For many years he worked in senior editorial positions for publishers of English and bilingual dictionaries. He lives in the UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book 7 Jun 2012
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This little book is packed with useful information and can serve as a reference for both native and non-native English speakers. Its clear layout makes it easy to dip in and out. Jeremy Butterfield is his usual entertaining self, although he is somewhat too non-judgemental for my liking. The general approach that he adopts is the use of the Corpus as the ultimate arbiter of correctness. `That is the way people speak or write, therefore it is correct.' Obviously, we have to accept that the language evolves but using singular where plural is required is an error, even if it is ubiquitous. This slight criticism has not stopped me from giving the book 5 stars and I have bought additional copies for my friends.
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