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Garner's Modern American Usage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2010

    Not a "must have" but definitely a valuable tool

    I'm surprised I dont see this reference book more often. It's completely full of all the nuances in English most people never think twice about (including superlatives!) It's also very easy to follow and it's not difficult locating anything English-related.
    This book also requires a lot of self-motivation to absorb, so don't buy it unless you use it as frequently as possible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Awesome Reference

    This is a must have book for anyone in business. In a world where poor English skills rule the day, this resource can help you rise above the rest in your writing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    highly recommended

    this edition will suffice as the most meticulous guide, both synchronic and diachronic, for speakers and writers of american english for the next couple of decades, though with regard to rare minutiae garner may be somewhat too conservative - e.g.the pronunciation for the plural of house is given only as houzis (which i regard as correct) while houses (with the first s as s) seems rapidly replacing the former even among educated speakers as i hear frequently on television. for good examples of garner's approach see the entries under "can," "moot," "farther," as well as details such as use of diacritical marks, sequence of writing dates, formation of plurals, neologisms, foreign words and expressions - the list would be too long to be truly representative - in short garner's approach is thorough, virtually exhaustive, and clear.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Great stuff!

    This is a great reference book, and even better as an ebook that you can look at on an iPhone while on the bus, etc. I used it earlier today to argue a grammar point with my boss--and won my argument!

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