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By H. W. Fowler

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No e-book had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of contemporary English utilization. It speedily grew to become the normal paintings of reference for the proper use of English when it comes to selection of phrases, grammar, and elegance. a lot enjoyed for his enterprise critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try of time and remains to be thought of by way of many to be the simplest arbiter of fine practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first variation of this loved paintings, better with a brand new advent through one in all today's top specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of pleasing examples, Crystal deals an insightful reassessment Fowler's attractiveness and his position within the historical past of linguistic idea. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folk discover and plenty of of his entries demonstrate a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even though the booklet is filled with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is generally clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler used to be like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed from time to time to exasperation by way of the infelicities of his wayward scholars, yet continuously in need of the easiest for them and hoping to supply the simplest advice for them.... He may perhaps shake his stick at us, yet we by no means believe we're really going to be beaten."
In the concluding component to the booklet, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, deals a latest viewpoint on them, and exhibits how English has replaced because the Twenties. This intriguing and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will pride every person drawn to language.

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See LTJ; &, for the sense in grammar, TECHNICAL TEEMS. ABSOLUTE CONSTRUCTION. \. The insertion of a comma between noun & participle in the absolute use is indisputably wrong ; it arises from the writer's or the compositor's taking the noun, because it happens to stand first, for the subject of the main verb ; & it puts the reader to the trouble of readjusting, after he has formed it, his notion of the sentence's structure. The King having read his speech from the throne, their Majesties retired is the right form; but newspaper writing or printing is so faulty on the point that it would appear nine times out of ten as The King, having read his &c.

See FRENCH WORDS. agricultur(al)ist. See -IST. aide-de-camp. See FRENCH WORDS. aiguille. See FRENCH WORDS. aim. The verb in the metaphorical sense of purpose or design or endeavour is idiomatically followed by at with the gerund & not by to with the infinitive. Probably no-one will doubt this who sees the two constructions side by side :—he aimed at being, he aimed to be, the power behind the throne ; arguments are aimed to produce, arguments are aimed at producing, conviction ; what do you aim at doing ?

For -dg(e)- Apostles, By the act of God, Be ment see JUDGEMENT. great in act as you have been in acoustic. Pronunciation varies be- thought, I deliver this as my act & tween -ow- & -oo-. In favour of deed. This tendency, however, is by -65- is the adoption from French, no means always effective; it is the sound of Greek ov in the more indifferent, for instance, whether we recent English pronunciation of say we are judged by our acts or by Greek, & the general impression that our actions ; there is no appreciable the value of ou in outlandish words difference between it was an act, & is oo ; in favour of -ow- is the older it was an action, that he was to regret & still common English pronuncia- bitterly.

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