Oxford guide to english usage

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  • Scottish is now the usual adjective; Scotch is restricted to a fairly large number of fixed expressions, e. g. Scotch broth, egg, whisky; Scots is used mainly for the Scottish dialect of English, in the names of regiments, and in Scotsman, Scotswoman (Scotchman, -woman are old-fashioned). To designate the inhabitants of Scotland, the plural noun Scots is normal.

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  • English usage is a subject as wide as the English language itself. By far the greater part of usage, however, raises no ontroversies and poses no problems for native speakers of English, just because it is their natural idiom. But there are certain limited areas --particular sounds, spellings, words, and constructions--about which there arises uncertainty, difficulty, or disagreement. The proper aim of a usage guide is to resolve these problems, rather than describe the whole of current usage.

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  • English usage is a subject as wide as the English language itself. By far the greater part of usage, however, raises no controversies and poses no problems for native speakers of English, just because it is their natural idiom. But there are certain limited areas --particular sounds, spellings, words, and constructions--about which there arises uncertainty, difficulty, or disagreement. The proper aim of a usage guide is to resolve these problems, rather than describe the whole of current usage....

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  • This is a practical guide to common problems in English grammar and usage. It is written for foreign students who would like to know more about English, and who want to avoid mistakes. English grammar is the grammatical structure of English sentences just the place orderly, proper and harmonious relations between the word elements to form a complete sentence and regulations in order to communicate.

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  • A Book of English Idioms English in Tables An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English Build Up Your English The Complete Plain Words Fowler's Modern English Usage The Linguistic Sciences and Language Teaching The Structure of Technical English A Guide to Correct English Guide to Patterns and Usage in English Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English And English Reader's Dictionary Everyman's English Pronouncing Dictionary English Sentence Structure Better English Pronunciation A Grammar of English Words The Use of English English Grammar ...

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  • Does that make it acceptable? Where there is a difference between common usage and opinions about correctness, I have pointed this out. This information is important for learners. In some situations it maybe safer for them to use the form which is traditionally seen as correct.

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  • The use of a correct form in an unsuitable context, however, can interfere with understandingjust as much as a mistake. To help learners to use language which is appropriate for a given occasion, I have frequently marked usages as formal, informal, literary and so on.

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  • By Michael Swan ‘Basic English Usage’ Oxford University Press Pages:288 Date:1986-01 ISBN / ASIN:0194311872 An alphabetical guide to the most common problems of grammar and vocabulary

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