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Thinking about getting Longman's dictionary instead,
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This review is from: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th Edition: Paperback (Paperback)
The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary was recommended to me, but in some ways I regret taking up that recommendation.
Yes, it has an approachable page layout and all the crucial information that a dictionary should (phonemes, synonyms, collocations, example sentences etc.). It also has a handy section on written protocols etc together with a little picture dictionary at the back.
The reason why I don't rate this dictionary that highly is because the model sentences I've encountered so far sound bland, artificial and wooden much too frequently. Here are a few examples chosen at random : Refinement - "This particular model has a further refinement" (it just stops there); Paragon - "I make no claim to be a paragon"; Stutter - "I managed to stutter a reply"; Caricature - "He had unfairly presented a caricature of my views". It sounds to me as if the individual who contrived these sentences and others like them had a very poor grasp of the language. There are plenty of authors that have a knack with words and a sensitivity to the natural rhythms and tone of the language. No doubt they live a long way away from the narrow precincts of Oxford Uni. It was also rather annoying to discover that there is also a decided lack of example sentence(s) for those tricky words whose precise meaning is elusive until it is clarified by a good model sentence.
In no small measure the Longman Advanced Learners Dictionary appeared not to suffer from these shortcomings - at least as far as I could tell from a careful flicking through. So I'm thinking of giving away the Oxford and getting the Longman instead. It seems to have all the trappings of the Oxford and something which the Oxford lacks - class of content.