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Common Errors in English Usage 2nd Edition Second Edition

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I rarely take a Grammar Girl podcast live without at least quadruple-checking my main thesis, and Common Errors in English Usage has quickly become one of my most valued fact-checking resources. --'Grammar Girl' Mignon Fogarty

Paul Brians has written a handy and likable reference tool. When he gives you the right answer, he sends you off chuckling--a winning combination. --Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winner & former literary editor, LA Times

I d call Paul Brians' book incredible, fabulous, or fantastic, except thanks to him, I know now that none of those words are what I really mean. Let's just say that Common Errors in English Usage is the most cheerfully useful book I've read since the Kama Sutra. --Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition

About the Author

Paul Brians is Professor Emeritus of English at Washington State University. His Web site, 'Common Errors in English' has been recommended by BBC Online, Writer's Digest, Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, USA Today, refdesk.com, the Seattle Times, and many other periodicals and publications.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William, James & Company; Second edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590282078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590282076
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Brians (1942-) earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University and joined the Department of English at Washington State University in 1968. He taught literature, interdisciplinary humanities, and world civilizations courses. He is most widely known for his Web site "Common Errors in English Usage," which provided the material for the book and calendars by the same title.

He retired from WSU in 2008 and now lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife, Paula Elliot.

In 2010, he self-published a book of photographs titled "Four Seasons on Bainbridge Island."

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Irma Vep on November 14, 2011
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As another reviewer has noted, the Kindle version of this book includes neither a table of contents nor an index. The book is essentially an extended list of frequently confused or misused words and expressions, with numerous entries that direct the reader to another, related entry elsewhere in the text. These cross-references are not hyperlinked. Without internal hyperlinks, an index, or a TOC, the Kindle version is difficult to navigate. Using it is frustrating and time-consuming. I would avoid purchasing this book for Kindle until or unless the format is improved to include, at the least, a TOC or an index.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Senior Living on September 6, 2009
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I read a review of this book and decided it was a book I have been seeking for a long time. If you are a person that wonders about things like whether to use further instead of farther, or lay instead of lie, this is the book for you. Put an end to bungling the English language . . . Common Errors in English is sure to make you seem a lot smarter that you really are.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Rohr on February 14, 2009
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This book is a must for anyone with a love of language and an appreciation of its correct use. It is authoritative without being pedantic, and gives due respect to the evolution of our language and our means of expression.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karen Maury on March 5, 2009
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We heard the author of this book, Paul Brians, being interviewed on The Lionel Show on 1260 AM radio. The book lives up to our expectations. It is an excellent text with easy to find phrases that have been used so often that some believe they are legitimate usages of the English language, but they are not. Highly recommended for English majors, teachers, writers, and just plain folks who enjoy this sort of thing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth O'Brien on November 5, 2009
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I am a teacher who runs a website about learning and teaching grammar through sentence diagramming.

I'm happy to add this book to my reference library. It's easy to look up errors, and I enjoy the historical and cultural information that Mr. Brians adds into the entries.

I actually interviewed him for my website and asked him more about the book. If you're interested, you can check it out here:

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Happy Learning!
:) Elizabeth
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ban2Fab4 on November 23, 2010
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Many years ago, I stumbled on the website based on this book and I knew that one day I would own the book. I am so glad that I purchased this book. Today, we use many words incorrectly. Sadly, the mainstream has picked up the trend of using the incorrect words so now it appears correct. This book helps one understand the correct usage and avoid the common errors.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dog lover on October 16, 2011
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The material is excellent, but the inability to jump to a letter (chapter) of interest makes this book difficult to use. An updated edition shoud be provided (and free of charge to those who have already purchased one).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kingmidasnreverse on March 7, 2012
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"Common Errors In English Usage" rarely leaves my side, and is one of the few reference books entertaining enough to read cover-to-cover. Not only does the author possess an enviable knowledge of English etymology, but his understanding of current linguistic trends offers relevant suggestions for writers in all fields.
I've noticed that one or two reviewers commented that the material in this work is elementary. Not so. Granted, the title of the book is "COMMON Errors In English Usage," so entries explaining the difference between "effect/affect" and the like are to be expected -- personally, I don't mind reviewing grammar basics, and anyone can get confused on those matters from time to time.
But even professional, seasoned writers will have much to gain from Mr. Brians. Which is correct, for instance? "Chomping at the bit" or "Champing at the bit"? What about "alright" vs. "all right"? I think most everyone has wrestled with "uninterested" and "disinterested". Furthermore, Brians goes into exacting detail on matters of abbreviation, guidelines on when to spell out a number and when to use numerals, and grammatical redundancies (our English teachers were wrong, for example, when they asked us to "Compare and contrast.") Pedants like me will also thrill to know why "12:00 p.m." is a grammatical absurdity.
In all, I can't recommend the book highly enough. It's exactly the sort of book that writers have always wished for, and Mr. Brians has delivered it in its most enjoyable, readable form.
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