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Problems with English? The answers are probably in Fowler.,
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This review is from: Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)
This simple book has an A-Z listing of all the trip-hazards commonly found in the English language. If you want to solve the uncommon ones then you might need to ask its bigger brother - Fowler's 'Dictionary of Modern English Usage.'
Everything one might require is listed; for example, if you want to know when to use a hyphen, or a short dash, or a long dash, Fowler will tell you. The information does not have to be so esoteric; for example, the differences between further and farther, or between defuse and diffuse, are explained clearly and succinctly.
Should you wish to write correct English, be it in a book or an essay, an Amazon review or just an email, keep Fowler within easy reach for peace of mind.
My only quibble is with the use of the word 'Pocket' in the description of this volume. I do not have any pockets big enough to accommodate it!
The excellent 'The Elements of Style' by Strunk and White is a pocket book, but modestly does not claim to be so.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2011 09:45:43 GMT
Lady Fancifull says:
You sold me, RFS, and with the Vine-up on a thread. Even now waiting for the postie to deliver this - I've become semi-detached from my ;s and my :s, not to mention -s and ()s which I overwork furiously
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R. F. Stevens says:
This (and Strunk and White) were a great help to me in improving the grammar in my first book!
After it had been "proofread" and, huh, "edited", I heard about and read S&W for the first time, and then finally was able to use Fowler correctly; I discovered I still needed to invest another couple of weeks sorting out elementary howlers before re-submitting it to a different proofreader.
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