By Kenneth G. Wilson
Within the choicest and readable consultant to powerful writing for the americans of this day, Wilson solutions questions of which means, grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, and spelling in hundreds of thousands of transparent, concise entries. His consultant is exclusive in proposing a scientific, finished view of language as decided by way of context. Wilson offers an easy chart of contexts—from oratorical speech to intimate, from formal writing to informal—and explains within which contexts a selected utilization is acceptable, and within which it really is not.
The Columbia consultant to straightforward Written American English offers the solutions to questions about American English the way in which no different consultant can with:
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* over 5 thousand entries, greater than the other utilization book;
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* a handy chart of degrees of speech and writing geared to context;
* either descriptive and prescriptive entries for guidance;
* guidance for nonsexist usage;
* person entries for all language terms.
A bright description of the way our language is being spoken and written on the finish of the 20th century—and how we ourselves can use it such a lot effectively—The Columbia consultant to plain American English is the best instruction manual to language etiquette: pleasant, brilliant, and trustworthy.
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