Readers and writers of all levels will find the Oxford A-Z of English Usage essential. Based on Oxford's world-leading dictionary research and contemporary language monitoring, giving examples of real usage, this book provides the essential information on correct English and its usage that is needed in practical, everyday situations. Arranged in A-Z order, it contains over 680 entries on issues of spelling, grammar, meaning and appropriate PC language usage (e.g. licence/license; learning difficulties/mental handicap; fewer/less). In addition, there are more than 20 special feature articles on specific topics such as hyphenation or the use of Latin plurals, as well as commonly confused terms like Britain, Great Britain, the British Isles, England.
With a fresh page design, the Oxford A-Z of English Usage gives the reader immediate and easy access to answers, by means of clear and coherent explanations and illustrations. It will prove the first port of call for any reader seeking clear, authoritative help with English usage questions.
Jeremy Butterfield is a freelance lexicographer, language expert and writer, and an OUP author. For many years he worked in senior editorial positions in Collins English and Bilingual Dictionaries. He is also the author of the popular book on the English language, Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare.
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