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In the most reliable and readable guide to effective writing for the Americans of today, Wilson answers questions of meaning, grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, and spelling in thousands of clear, concise entries. His guide is unique in presenting a systematic, comprehensive view of language as determined by context. Wilson provides a simple chart of contexts — from oratorical speech to intimate, from formal writing to informal — and explains in which contexts a particular usage is appropriate, and in which it is not.
The Columbia Guide to Standard Written American English provides the answers to questions about American English the way no other guide can with:
* an A—Z format for quick reference;
* over five thousand entries, more than any other usage book;
* sensible and useful advice based on the most current linguistic research;
* a convenient chart of levels of speech and writing geared to context;
* both descriptive and prescriptive entries for guidance;
* guidelines for nonsexist usage;
* individual entries for all language terms.
A vibrant description of how our language is being spoken and written at the end of the twentieth century — and how we ourselves can use it most effectively — The Columbia Guide to Standard American English is the ideal handbook to language etiquette: friendly, sensible, and reliable.
Columbia University Press
Here is a reliable and readable guide to effective writing for the America of today. Wilson's guide is unique in presenting a systematic, comprehensive view of language as determined by context. Provides a simple chart of contexts and explains in which contexts a particular usage is appropriate. A to Z format.
Will act as a handy desk companion to anyone preparing a speech, paper, or presentation.
Posted July 4, 2001
This is by far the BEST grammar book I have ever purchased. I appreciate its contents to the fullest extent. Barnes and Noble also has it priced at the lowest price I have ever seen. Great buy, great value!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2000
I haven't had a good grammar book since high school (that wonderful book is somewhere in a storage box). This is the first good replacement I found in all those years. It is a wonderful, alphabetically arranged reference for all those problems I encounter when I sit at my word processor trying to produce the next great piece of world literature. A great reference work for any writer or teacher!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.