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The information you need to tell right from wrong--or true errors from matters of taste--is explained in clear language with plenty of useful examples. Whether you're looking for authoritative guidance on proper usage or ammunition to counter a misguided critic, this guide is a handy resource for anyone who cares about this language. Paperback, 120 pages.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)
Series: 100 Words
The 100 Words series continues to set the standard for measuring and improving vocabulary, with a new title focusing on words that are best known for getting people into linguistic trouble. 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses is the perfect book for anyone seeking clear and sensible guidance on avoiding the recognized pitfalls of the English language.
Each word on the list is accompanied by a concise and authoritative usage note based on the renowned usage program of the American Heritage® Dictionaries. These notes discuss why a particular usage has been criticized and explain the rules and conventions that determine whats right, whats wrong, and what falls in between. Troublesome pairs such as affect / effect, blatant / flagrant, and disinterested / uninterested are disentangled, as are vexing sound-alikes such as discrete / discreet and principal / principle. Other notes tackle such classic irritants as hopefully, impact, and aggravate, as well as problematic words like peruse and presently.
A great graduation gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who cares about language, 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses is guaranteed to help keep writers and speakers on the up-and-up!
Trish MartinVirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Useful bookApril 23, 2012Trish MartinVirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These are useful for middle and high school students and adults who get confused about this select word list.