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The English Language: A User's Guide [Paperback]

Jack Lynch
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co (30 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585101850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585101856
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant master of English 19 May 2013
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Jack Lynch is one of the order of people who are absolute masters of their profession, and can deliver prodigious quantities of output seemingly effortlessly. This book is an comprehensive reference book on the contextual meaning and use of English words and phrases, particularly in instances when the same word has several nuances or contexts of use, which are clearly explained and with examples of phrases or sentences to support each alternative use. It is not only a good reference book, but also a most enjoyable read for those who love English and want to get more adept at its usage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Need This Book -- We All Do 20 July 2009
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That you're reading this review at all is proof, not just that you need (and will enjoy) this book, but that you appreciate the importance of language. You may already have a stack of books on language, yet you're still looking. That was my struggle too. After reading any of the other books for 10 minutes, I was ready to do something else; English can be boring. Those other books of mine have good information, but the effort to dig it out and find relevance is work. Enter Jack Lynch's book! :) Immediate improvement.

Where other books seem to be written by grammar police, this book is filled with useful and workable information and acknowledges that some aspects of the language aren't worth losing sleep over. The book is fun and I find myself enjoying the author's perspective as much as I do the information presented. Don't get me wrong; this is no quickie book on how to write well, but a thorough text on the subject. Yes, you still need your Strunk and White; having two quality references for comparison is always good, but this book has a permanent space on my desk, whereas my other language reference books are in the book shelf.

What I especially appreciate in reading the book is that it has improved how I think about what I say and write. Language is not just following some rules, but a means to clarify your thoughts to others. The book excels in this and it's not a specific topic within the book, but always just beneath the surface throughout. People pay me to help them get their message across and this book is priceless to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory reading for all students before graduating. 7 April 2010
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Great content, great organization, great tone, and extremely helpful for those who still care about writing proficiently and accurately. This will be the best book you buy this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I agree that this is a great book. 31 July 2009
By Yngad - Published on
I think this is the best reference-type grammar book that I have seen. Instead of just being filled with a bunch of rules-of thumb, it provides explanation of why to use a particular rule. The best part: For lack of a better way of putting it, the book does not subscribe to moral relativism in grammar. The author does recognize that rules of grammar or not defined by law, but he emphasizes the importance of using good grammar where there is a so-called recognized standard.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 12 Mar 2014
By Loreia N. Johnson-flemister - Published on
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Great illustrations. A must have for those who have weak grammar skills. I am very pleased I purchased this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read User's Guide 7 Jan 2014
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Clear, concise and easy to read. Alphabetical order makes it simple to find items. Contains words and items that have not been fully explained elsewhere and that are frequently misused. Alphabetical order makes this a quick, useful reference guide for students and writers.
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