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NTC's Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs: and Other Idiomatic Verbal Phrases (McGraw-Hill ESL References) Paperback – 1 Jan 1993

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This dictionary provides definitions and examples for the English verb phrases known as phrasal verbs, two-word verbs, prepositional verbs and verbal collocations.

About the Author

Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a reference editor and former linguistics professor who has written more than 30 dictionaries, including NTC's American Idioms Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-0273-8) and NTC's American English Learner's Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-5859-8).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done! 11 Dec. 2011
By D.A.Contreras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This truly deserves the name of "dictionary". Richard A. Spears has done a good job in preparing this work with which I'm very well pleased.
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3.0 out of 5 stars only windows 98 version is available. 30 Nov. 2002
By ADNAN - Published on Amazon.com
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it is good CD but but not that PRO. Search for another CD which is more complicated and more effective!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good dictionary on these constructions 16 Nov. 2003
By magellan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure this is the exact same edition of this book, as the one I was looking at doesn't have the CD, and it includes 12,000 different English verbal phrases. But I couldn't find any other edition on Amazon, so I assume this is it, but I mention that just in case.
English has so many of these because of the decline of prefixes, which started somewhere between Old and Middle English, as Risto Hiltunen documented in his book, "The Decline of the Prefixes and the Beginnings of the English Phrasal Verb," which resulted in the development of separate pronouns and eventually verbal phrases. These are phrases such as "Come up on, run away from, brush up on, run out of," etc. This book documents and defines, as I said, 12,000, and is a very thick book as a result. I don't know how many of these there actually are in English, but 12,000 seems like a lot, so if you need a resource like this, I suspect it will probably have what you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great source! 3 Aug. 2007
By Natalia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is very useful. It has 12,000 phrasal verbs and different combinations, very useful and up-to-date, with simple examples which help to remember the verb very easily. I just love the book and take it everywhere with me. Hihly recommend it to everyone who is like me, always confused with phrasal verbs!
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