Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage
OUP Oxford, Jun 26, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 688 pages
This invaluable reference work offers the best advice on English usage, drawing on the unrivalled resources of Oxford's English Dictionaries programme and language monitoring. This second edition of the 'Pocket Fowler' harks back to the original 1926 edition of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Fowler, born 150 years ago in 1858. Updated with the use of the Oxford English Corpus, a database of over two billion words of 21st century English, the new edition answers your most frequently asked questions about language use. Should you use a split infinitive or a preposition at the end of a sentence? Is it infer or imply? Who or whom? What are the main differences between British and American English? Over 4,000 entries offer clear recommendations on issues of grammar, pronunciation, spelling, confusable words, and written style. Real examples are drawn from classic and contemporary literary sources, newspapers and magazines, and the Internet. Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage is an indispensable companion for anyone who wants to use the English language effectively.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
able action adjective adverb alternative American auxiliary verb avoid BrE and AmE British cause clause common construction contexts corresponding dates denote derived distinct ence English especially example followed Fowler French grammatical hyphen ible ical idiom idiomatic inflected forms informal intransitive jective language Latin Latin word less letter literary loanword mass noun ment Middle English modal verb modern negative normally noun meaning nounced object occasionally occurs older origin Oxford past participle past tense Penelope Lively person phrasal verb phrase physical plural plural form plural noun political preposition pronounced pronunciation qualified recent recorded reference regarded roman type second syllable sense sentence singular slang someone sometimes sound speech spelling spelt standard stress suffix technical tense and past term that-clause thing tion tive to-infinitive usage usually variant verb has inflected verb meaning verbal noun whereas woman word meaning writing Yorker