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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect - versatile set,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)Originally bought this set for a relative who works as a translator, but after having looked at the two volumes, I might keep them.
The Thesaurus contains more than 600 000 entries and of course gives lots of interesting options, being the most comprehensive thesaurus I have ever used. Its suggestions already came in useful a couple of times and so far I found no missing words. The possibility to look up antonyms, too, also is very good, not only for crossword-junkies.
The Dictionary includes non-British terms, too, and after opening the dictionary I was quickly drawn into another world, as crazy as this might sound, because it offers so much information on different usage of the same word all over the world. Any new expression I could think of was included, just as really outdated words. A lot of explanations are included on how to use the different words and expressions, making clear where the difference is and thus easily helping me to improve my usage of English, just like the pronunciation guides.
The "12 months instant access" to Oxford's online service is an additional bonus.
Great set, wonderful present, will probably buy a second set for myself. The only drawback is that the two volumes are really heavy, due to the high quality binding and paper which really is another bonus.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)I have always preferred Oxford Dictionaries and was delighted to find them on special offer, but even at full price I think they represent great value for money. The dictionary has been completely updated, while still retaining all the useful information which has made it a favourite reference volume at home and at work. Nice to see modern usages, ie. "to google" included with comnplete references.
The paper and hard and slip covers are good quality. The dictionary paper is thin, but not to the extent of many cheaper publications. The volumes are heavy but highly practical and easy to use. They are also perfect for older children to use for homework. As a teacher, I expect to use them for many years to come but even if I didn't need them for work, in my opinion they are an essential reference work for any home.
5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have them.,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)A quaility product, this is one of the only books in our home used almost on a daily basis by all members of the household. Full of useful referance infomation which is well indexed and quickly found at a great price.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bookworm's heaven,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)I picked this set up for £25 during the Black Friday sale and I'm thrilled to bits with the quality of the dictionary and thesaurus. Both of these publications are up to date and include words that I possibly couldn't mention here but virtually every word in the English language is contained within the set. The thesaurus has a particularly handy reference section for commonly used words found in crosswords etc. This is the definitive dictionary and thesaurus set - don't settle for anything less.
5.0 out of 5 stars What an upgrade!,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)Excellent pair of books,. I have a battered, well used and well worn Concise Oxford Dictionary, and bought these to replace it. They have done that and more; far, far more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus Set,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)The dictionary is the reference book for Channel 4's Countdown proogramme.
We purchased the set at a discount and were very pleased with the result.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on reference essential.,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)I purchased these during the Black Friday promotions & I'm very impressed with the quality of the materials for such a great price. Both books are huge and hard back editions so will last well - a great investment. My 5 year old loves the dictionary as after a brief explanation of how to use it he can go & look things up for himself that he doesn't understand. Pages are very thin but if they were thicker this would probably make the books unmanageable so it's worth pointing out to children to take care with it (not a bad thing for them to have to be!)
Every home should have a good dictionary and this one, together with the thesaurus, is just the ticket for a good, thorough set that will see my kids through school. Definitely a recommended buy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like you want it.,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)This was a present for my mom for Christmas. She had an old Oxford Dictionary.
This Dictionary is twice as big, 2 times better than the old version.
I got it on a bargain on Black Friday. Great value for money.
If you want to take it to school daily I do not recommend this one considering it is so big and heavy
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure!!,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)This is THE Dictionary for the English language. It contains even acronyms and enything you could possibly imagine. It is over 2000 pages - the Thesaurus over 800 - and the paper is a little thin but is a must if you want to "scrutiny" English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dynamic Duo,
This review is from: Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover)I have bought several editions of the dictionary over the years, but never owned the dictionary AND the thesaurus. The dictionary is as excellent as ever, containing all the information and references about words that most professional writers will ever need. As an author myself, I use it as a point of reference for spelling and grammar, and as a standard for contributing authors. It is my benchmark and "Bible". To be honest, there is no tangible difference between the design of this dictionary and previous editions, though its content has been updated greatly on what's been before. I know a few people who swear by their Collins dictionaries, but for me they just won't do.
The thesaurus is wonderful. It is printed on much heavier (and noticeably whiter) paper than the dictionary (which is almost rice paper). The "Word links" and "Choose the right word" panels are very handy. The "Wordfinder" section is good, too, but I would have positioned it at one end of the book, rather than in the middle. It is the only thesaurus that I have found that I prefer to Roget's design.
The books each come with 12 months' free subscription to the Oxford Dictionaries website. To subscribe, you need to type in the unique number printed inside one of the books. This gives you access to plenty of extra resources online.
Mine arrived from Amazon well-packed in a box, with each book shrink-wrapped, and the pair also shrink-wrapped. I bought mine for a fantastic £25 in Amazon's sale but, even at its normal price, this set represents very good value.
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Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus of English 2 Book Set (Hardcover - 22 Nov 2010)
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