Garner's Modern English Usage
Bryan Garner is the most trusted living usage expert of our day, and Garner's Modern English Usage is the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. With well over 6,000 entries on English grammar, syntax, word choice, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and style, thisbook is adored by professional writers and general readers alike. In this major update to a timeless classic, Bryan Garner has dramatically expanded coverage of international English usage, making the volume for the first time a guide not only to American English usage, but to English usage aroundthe globe.Interest in the English language is greater than ever; English is the lingua franca not only of higher education and academia, but of science, business, computing, aviation, and even - arguably - entertainment. An awareness of global English matters today as never before. To ensure that BryanGarner's clear, unambiguous advice resonates with English-speakers worldwide, more than 2,000 entries have been revised to account for the nuances of English not only in the United States, but in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Africa.Not everything has changed: readers will still find the popular "Garner's Language-Change Index" which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from non-acceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistentstandard throughout. Bryan Garner's tools for scientific accuracy are, however, fully updated: this fourth edition benefits from usage data generated by Google Ngrams, which charts frequencies of any word or short sentence in sources printed after 1800.With thousands of concise entries, longer essays on problematic areas such as subject-verb agreement and danglers, and meticulous citations of the New York Times, Newsweek, and other leading journalistic sources, this fourth edition of Garner's Modern English Usage provides priceless referenceinformation to anyone hoping to improve as a writer - worldwide.
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I wouldn't put too much stock in the negative reviewer's opinion here. Most usage readers will probably find Garner engaging, scholarly, and worth looking into.
Bryan A. Garner is not 'the most trusted living usage expert of our day' and Garner's Modern English Usage is far from being 'the pre-eminent guide to the effective use of English language'. Nor, despite his unquestioned scholarship, will Garner - a boastful American lawyer - ever reach the heights of Britain's H.W. Fowler.
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the First Edition
List of Essay Entries
List of Abbreviations
Key to the LanguageChange Index
Making Peace in the Language Wars
The Ongoing Tumult in English Usage