Garner's Modern American Usage / Edition 3

Garner's Modern American Usage / Edition 3

by Bryan Garner
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ISBN-10:
0195382757
ISBN-13:
9780195382754
Pub. Date:
08/27/2009
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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Overview

Garner's Modern American Usage / Edition 3

Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, this book authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation.

Now in the third edition, readers will find the "Garner's Language-Change Index," which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. Garner's Modern American Usage, 3e is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index, and the judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved.

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ISBN-13: 9780195382754
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/27/2009
Pages: 1008
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
concernedJR More than 1 year ago
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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MelindaWiselka More than 1 year ago
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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the_angry_moderate More than 1 year ago
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.
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