Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage
OUP Oxford, Jun 26, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 663 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.
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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