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The American Heritage Book of English Usage: A Practical and Authoritative Guide to Contemporary English Paperback – September 9, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395767857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395767856
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Leslie on December 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Though not as extensive - or as scholarly - as Merriam Webster's "English Usage Dictionary," this little book has often helped me explain thorny contemporary usage problems to my advanced ESL students. For example, a student came to me with the lyrics "Hadn't a been for..." and asked me to explain the usage of "hadn't have." None of my other books addressed this issue. (If you're not sure, see page 39.)
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Seelaratana Anu on July 28, 2013
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It is not what I had expected reading a revive. I do not recommend it to any one. bad transaction.
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