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Preface to the Second Edition
From the Preface to the First Edition
able action adjective adverb alternative American avoid BrE and AmE British chieﬂy clause common conﬁned construction contexts corresponding David Lodge deﬁnite denote derived difﬁculty distinct ence English especially example ﬁgurative ﬁgure ﬁlm ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst recorded ﬁrst syllable ﬁxed expressions followed Fowler French grammatical hyphen ible ical idiom idiomatic inﬁnitive inﬂected forms inﬂuence informal intransitive jective language Latin less letter literary mass noun ment Middle English modern normally noun meaning nounced object occasionally occurs ofﬁcial one’s origin Oxford past participle past tense Penelope Lively person phrasal verb phrase plural plural form plural noun political preﬁx preposition pronounced pronunciation qualiﬁed reference regarded roman type second syllable sense sentence singular slang someone sometimes sound speciﬁc speech spelling standard stress sufﬁx term thing tion tive to-inﬁnitive usage usually verb has inﬂected verb meaning verbal noun whereas word meaning writing Yorker