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Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage [Hardcover]

Henry W. Fowler , Robert Allen
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Oct 1999 0198662378 978-0198662372
Based primarily on the renowned and best-selling Burchfield's "The New Fowler's Modern English Usage 3/e", this pocket edition gives clear, concise and authoritative guidance on grammar, usage, syntax and style for the English language. With a reduction in the number of entries from the parent work, Robert Allen has been able to take the key elements and definitive judgements, and rewrite entries to present the arguments and recommendations in a more accessible form to allow quicker consultation. There are about 150 completely new topics, including American English, new words, and gender-neutrality, and with numerous panel and tabular entries, data is presented with greater clarity and in an easily digestible form. A total of over 4200 entries provide comprehensive and authoritative advice on correct English and cover the differing views held on contentious issues. Subjects covered include political correctness, computer terminology, and foreign words and phrases.

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  • Hardcover: 634 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198662378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198662372
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,161,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Britain's most authoritative guide to English. Robin Young, The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Allen was a Senior Editor on the OED until 1982, and Editor of the Concise Oxford Dictionary until 1990. He now works as a freelance writer and editor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best Fowler edition? 7 July 2009
There are several versions of the honourable Fowler's tome that aims to sort out our many common errors and misunderstandings in the correct use of the English language. Some are "antique" editions where the charm lies in some quaint editorial views on the use of certain words, many of those being modernisms that now don't seem so modern. The latest Fowler editions have taken on a new direction and have strayed rather far from Mr.Fowler's own intent. This edition falls pretty well into the middle ground - updated enough to be entirely relevant, but not so as to have become a different product. The length and coverage are about right, the physical hardcover edition is robust and well-dimensioned, and it has gained a place as one of the most frequently consulted books in my household.
In short, an excellent book as enjoyable as it is edifying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Pocket', maybe, but very big pocket 26 April 2008
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This is a real fruitcake of a reference, packed with advice on modern English usage straight form the superanbundent British National Corpus. Within minutes of receiving the book, I found myself consulting its copious references; I now keep it by my side all the time.

An excellent source of modern usage: wouldn't dream of being without it now. Recommended.
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By andria
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This book is for anyone who wants to inprove their knowledge of the English language and English literature.

This book is easy to read and follow. It's not over-bearing.

It also explains the differences in American English and British English.

The other versions I have of Fowlers are a bit much to read and understand but not this one.

I highly rate this version of Fowlers - forget the latest one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fowler's Modern English Usage 2 Aug 2011
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I bought this as a gift for a young man who will be entering community college this fall. In my opinion, a Fowler reference book is a necessity on every student's bookshelf!
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