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Better English Usage
Do you know your verbs from your nouns? Is it right to say ‘different to’, ‘different from’, or ‘different than’? Do you muddle up ‘which’ and ‘that’? Do you know when to use a colon and when to use in a semi-colon? Are your sentences so long that you lose the plot in the middle, or lose your reader completely? Does it annoy you when people say ‘could of’?
Whether you’re an ELT student, or writing a job application, or trying to write a formal letter, this book will help you. Whether you are a beginner in English or a fluent speaker, you will find something in here to help you to brush up your English.
This simple guide will help you avoid common mistakes in modern English, and identify when alternative usages and styles are acceptable. Written in a friendly, accessible style by a master of English and teaching English, Better English Usage is ideal for those who are learning the English language, ELT students, or just browsers fascinated by the sometimes confusing world of English words and phrases.
Trimmed Page Size: 198 x 128mm; Paperback; 384pp; spine: 20mm; Weight: 220gsm.
Author: Betty Kirkpatrick
About the author:
Betty Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Edinburgh University. She has a long career in reference publishing.
She has edited Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus the concise edition of Brewer’s Phrase and Fable, and was language consultant to the Encarta World English Dictionary. She has compiled various other reference books, including the Oxford Paperback Thesaurus and the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Clichés. She acts as a consultant to the Bloomsbury Good Word Guide.
Betty is the author of an extensive list of publications on various aspects of the English language for learners of English.