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Modern American Usage

by Rh Value Publishing

ISBN 0517335093 / 9780517335093 / 0-517-33509-3
Publisher Random House Value Publishing
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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A classic since its first edition in 1966, Modern American Usage has been called a book that every literate American ought to read. Now fully revised and brought up-to-date, this one-volume course in good writing brims with helpful answerslarge and smallfor readers who want to use English clearly, naturally, and correctly.

Alphabetical for easy consulting (and full of cross-references), the book carries the reader to the entry that explains a troublesome word or phraseand shows how to use or avoid it. Every page offers natural ways to avoid saying or writing the vague, the long-winded, the needlessly technical, and the hopelessly stale. With verve and eloquence, Erik Wensberg spears the empty words that clog clear thoughtimpact, frustrated, basically, and many moreand offers us good English words that are definite and have more life.

Offering standards by which to judge language now and in the future, Modern American Usage takes account of a generation of changes in American idiom and of attempts to reform the use of pronouns, titles, and phrases to fit shifting ideals of social justice. All this it does with easy learning and with sympathy alike for the experienced writer and for those who come new to American English.
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