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3.4 out of 5 stars

on 11 April 1999
Garner's exceptional style makes for a quick, well researched guide. It is a must for any careful writer. Whatever the question, your answer is there.
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on 19 January 1999
Dallas lawyer and lexicographer Bryan Garner has delivered this exceptionally well written guide to Standard American English. Superbly researched with thousands of examples, and incredibly rich antecedents to H.W. Fowler's "Modern English Usage". DMAU belongs on the bookshelves of all serious English writers. Heroically published by Oxford University Press.
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on 20 April 1999
Mr. Garner's book should be on your bookshelf if you want to be recognized for excellent usage of English. To illustrate good and bad usage, DMAU is full of documented examples from books and periodicals, as well as references to Fowler and Follet. Fortunately, Mr. Garner knows more often than not which contemporary usage battles to take sides on and which are better left conceded to the "liberal linuguists." Thus, the reader can focus on the goal of developing crisp, clear meaning in written and oral communication. Because poor communication is so prevelent in business and industry, you can be recognized as a "transaction cost" cutter in your organization if you master the techniques laid out by Mr. Garner. And with that kind of recognition, the book is sure to pay for itself several times over.
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on 16 March 1999
A fantastic usage book with answers that are there when you need them. Written in a relaxed easy-to-read style, this book does not offer a lot of descriptive opinions. It does offer concise perscriptions for usage problems--similar to Fowler's or Follett's. The writer has the answer he/she needs without having to sift through line after line of maybe you can do it this way or maybe you can do it that way.
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on 13 April 1999
This is a most enjoyable and entertaining reference book. After searching for one entry, I found myself reading several more before putting it away. More than anything, it does what it should: It is a well written and thoroughly researched guide. I would highly recommend to anyone.
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on 2 March 1999
Mr. Garner's bright and shining love of himself almost seeps from the pages, turning what could have been a good, solid dictionary into a pat-on-the-back-fest for Garner. From his examples to the introduction, everything is designed to show the reader just how well loved and respected Mr. Garner (thinks he) is. If you need a good modern American usage dictionary, there are plenty out there that deliver the goods without the attitude.
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