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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (Wordsworth Reference) Paperback – August 5, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 742 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (August 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853263184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853263187
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Excuse the superfluous capitals. Fowler/Gowers 2nd Ed. is quite brilliant; learned and full of humour. It successfully walks the line between descriptive and prescriptive grammar (with perhaps a tendency to over-emphasise prescriptive). The 1st Ed. was too stuffy; the new 3rd Ed. does not come close; indeed it is far too tolerant of the monstrosities so frequently heard today.
My favourite bedside book by a long way.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Westfall on February 16, 2008
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The content of this book is quite interesting, including all kinds of history of the usage of various words. However, it's very difficult to read, because the print is very blurry. It looks like it was photocopied from an older photocopy. They really need to redo the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RAM on May 16, 2013
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Fowler was, and still may well be, the standard by which modern English usage works are judged. Lots of references from the rather obvious to the arcane--a good reference for any writer or would-be writer.
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7 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2000
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The print is tiny, but then maybe we of the over-forty crowd should have learned all this years ago.
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