6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Still the best,
This review is from: Advanced Learner's English Dictionary (Collins Cobuild) (Hardcover)
This is the earliest and still the best of corpus-based dictionaries, meaning that everything in it, especially all the examples, are taken from a database of currently-used English. Many other publishers have brought out corpus-based dictionaries (usually called learner's dictionaries), but this one still tops them. One key feature is that definitions are written as a full, natural-sounding sentence, the way you would paraphrase a word to a friend. This makes for much easier reading and comprehension, plus it demonstrates the normal way a word is used. The examples are chosen to highlight typical uses and words typÓcally used with the main word (collocations). It's overall user-friendliness is outstanding. The grammar information itself is clever and uses the minimum amount of grammar jargon to give you the information you need. The CD-Rom version included is easy to install and to use (my adult students are very enthusiastic, and many have put in onto their office PCs as an everyday resource). In brief, this is a dictionary that understands the needs of today's English language user and learner and delivers it in the most accessible way. The additional features in the most recent sixth edition seem to meant to align it with other learner's dictionaries and go for a less austere look: adding more colour, pictures, and boxes with various bit of extra information. If this seduces more people, fine. But the basic reasons for using it are still the same as explained above.