Common Errors in English Usage

Common Errors in English Usage

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Overview

Mixed-up, mangled expressions; foreign-language faux pas; confused and confusing terms; commonly mispronounced words - they're all explained in this useful guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590282632
Publisher: Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 371
Sales rank: 554,998
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Mignon Fogarty, "Grammar Girl" iv

Introduction vi

Common Errors in English Usage: Alphabetical Listing 1

Category Listings 329

Commonly Confused Expressions 329

Of Foreign Origin 334

Grammar, Spelling & Style 335

Homonyms 338

Commonly Misspelled 339

Mangled Expressions 345

Inexact Words & Phrases 348

Pronunciation 351

Problem Prepositions 352

Redundancies 353

Commonly Misused Expressions 354

American English vs. British English 357

Misheard Expressions 358

Appendix: Phrasal Verbs vs. Nouns 361

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Common Errors in English Usage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The William, James & Co. is making a fine stance in its selection of books to publish, books that serve the soul and the mind and challenge our perceptions on many levels. The quality of every aspect of their books is superb: in the case of this book, COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH USAGE, the mood and class begins with a front cover image (an old photograph of a school marm being applauded by an audience of men WAY before feminist values took hold!) and progresses through fine design and careful editing, fonts, and page layout. Paul Brians opens this completely useful compendium with an Introduction that sets a tone so necessary for books that discredit contemporary mangling of the English language: he is lighthearted, astute, wise, and wisely non-threatening. What follows is an (now) indispensable 'brain check' for all writers and curious readers whose eyes challenge the use of certain spellings and phrases. Creating his own dictionary, Brians lists common errors alphabetically in the first 200 plus pages of the book - a quick and easy reference for finding first, just how guilty we all have become and then second, a resource for avoiding errors of expression and spelling that will aid all writers no matter their direction. Brians then lists by categories commonly confused expressions, homonyms, misheard expressions, pronunciation, grammar/spelling/style - all manner of pitfalls that have become so common in even the best writing of the day. He does this in a way that allows us to laugh through our embarrassment and learn from his erudite summations. This is a sparklingly fine book that belongs not on the coffee table (though it is wildly humorous in many ways, a fine conversation piece for guests), but more appropriately on the desks of everyone who puts pen to page or fingers to keyboard. This is a book that will crowd Roget and Webster for space in every thinking person's library! Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Learn and enjoy is oxymoron? – not with this book!  Even though I’m not a native English speaker, I find this book extremely useful.  It is not just about polishing my English, but also understanding the essence of the word, the culture and last but not least…. make me laugh!!