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The Hutchinson Guide to English Usage

The Hutchinson Guide to English Usage

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The Hutchinson Guide to English Usage
Preface
This guide sets out to give clear, straightforward advice on avoiding errors in spokenand written English.Most people are at some time uncertain or confused about which word to use in aparticular context, how to pronounce or spell a word, or whether they are using aword in the correct meaning. The guide aims to help you choose the right word or themost appropriate way of expressing yourself.The entries cover the following areas of usage:
meanings
Is it correct to use the word
aggravate 
to mean 'make worse' or to use
locate 
to mean 'find'?
confusibles
What is the difference between
complement 
and
compliment 
? Orbetween
flaunt 
and
flout 
?
grammar
Is it
different from 
,
different to 
, or
different than 
? Why do some peopleregard it as wrong to split infinitives?
punctuation
What are the rules about using the comma, the apostrophe, quotationmarks, etc.?
parts of speech
What exactly is a preposition? Or a participle?
style
What is the right way to set out a business letter? How can you ensure thatyour writing is non-sexist?
spellings
Should it be
-ise 
or
-ize 
? What is the US spelling of
pyjamas 
?
pronunciation
What is the right way to pronounce such words as
controversy 
,
lichen 
, and
macho 
?All entries in the guide are arranged alphabetically, whether dealing with individualwords or topics.While recommendations are given wherever possible, the entries generally avoidmaking a simplistic and didactic distinction between correct and incorrect usage.Language is changing all the time, and some usages that were once disapproved ofare now widely accepted as perfectly good English. Equally, some uses that arenatural and common in informal contexts may be considered inappropriate in formalcontexts.The entries attempt to explain where there is some dispute surrounding a particularword or construction and to state clearly which usages are acceptable in formalEnglish, which are acceptable in informal English, and which are still generallyconsidered to be wrong. Where there are significant differences between British andAmerican usage these are clearly explained.
 
  © Copyright Research Machines plc 2005. All rights reserved. Helicon Publishing is adivision of Research Machines plc.Helicon PublishingNew Mill House183 Milton ParkAbingdonOxon OX14 4SEe-mail:helicon@rm.com Web site:www.helicon.co.uk 

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