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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Watson Fowler
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Mar 20, 09

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This is one of those reference books you just have to have on your shelf. It contains a wealth of information about how to use English properly, and why. Many subtle aspects are explained in a way that naturally sets this work apart from others. The fact that it has been around for so long stands testimony to its value as a unique language resource.

This is not just another dictionary or thesaurus: it is about more than the mechanics of language. You can delve into this book at random and be sure to hit gold every time; it’s difficult to emerge without having learnt something significant.

If you have an idle moment or don’t know what to read, pick up this book.

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