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The King's English [Hardcover]

H & Fowler, F Fowler
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 3rd Edition edition (1930)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00087WENG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,674,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice but sometimes hard reading 31 July 2004
Format:Paperback
The King's English is full of excellent advice on correct English usage. Sparkling with the Fowlers' uniquely dry humour, the book differs from many English usage guides in that it is divided into sections about very broad topics organised thematically, rather than being an alphabetical listing of short "snippets" of advice.
If you want to improve your style and grammar, I would recommend The King's English very highly. My only reservation would be that for those of us brought up in the comprehensive school system, where grammar is almost a "no-go area", some of the technical terms used can make the book hard reading in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant today 19 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
Just taught a medical writing skills course in the USA and used many quotes from this book. The diatribe against the incursion of Americanisms into English was particularly interesting, especially as it dated from the early 1900s. It's a bit dated in style, but makes many useful points about how to write good English.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis 8 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
In this classic reference book the Fowler brothers illustrate by example all the blunders of English usage that are commonly made, and guide the reader to improved expression and style.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
Queen's English at it's best. And if you think the language has moved on, then an excellent example of 'understatement'
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An old and worthy chestnut 3 July 2011
By D. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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A classic well worth reading by writers and students. It is purposefully a bit academic so I rated it a 4 not a 5. It was a 5 for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars The King's English 28 Aug 2011
By Stargate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This Bokk is realy practical, especially for me. Because, I'm not good at English grammar skills. Thus, I had someone's advice that I should read this book. Now, this book plays a great role when I am confusing. Thank'ou.
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