- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Focus; 1 edition (December 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585101850
- ISBN-13: 978-1585101856
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The English Language: A User's Guide 1st Edition
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Anyone who spends time at all reading or writing, whether for purpose or pleasure, will delight in The English Language: A Users Guide. Lynch s book is not just informative and gracefully written but also it s downright fun to read. I learned more in ten minutes grazing Lynch s book than I would have in an hour plodding through just about any other writers guide, plus I found myself laughing out loud in the process! It s a pleasure to recommend this wonderful book. --James Lake, Louisiana State University
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? Introductory Essay
? Using This Guide
? A Guide to Citation
? Additional Reading
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Where other books seem to be written by grammar police, this book is filled with useful and workable information and acknowledges that some aspects of the language aren't worth losing sleep over. The book is fun and I find myself enjoying the author's perspective as much as I do the information presented. Don't get me wrong; this is no quickie book on how to write well, but a thorough text on the subject. Yes, you still need your Strunk and White; having two quality references for comparison is always good, but this book has a permanent space on my desk, whereas my other language reference books are in the book shelf.
What I especially appreciate in reading the book is that it has improved how I think about what I say and write. Language is not just following some rules, but a means to clarify your thoughts to others. The book excels in this and it's not a specific topic within the book, but always just beneath the surface throughout. People pay me to help them get their message across and this book is priceless to me.
University of Wisconsin -- River Falls and online English instructor, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.