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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Reference Manual for Proper EnglishSep 17 2008
By M. Winters - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best book you can own for the proper use of English. I was first aquainted with this book in graduate school many years ago when a professor trashed a paper that I had written and used "due to". He told me that "due to" should only be used as a cause of death (e.g. he died from complications of Alzheimer's). Any other time you should use "because", "as a result of", etc. He showed me this book then and I bought it for reference. I have since bought it several times for gifts to friends who need to use the English language properly. A great reference book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 starsAuthor critiques usage surveyApril 30 1999
By firstname.lastname@example.org - Published on Amazon.com
Ain't, copacetic, happily, hopefully--if these make your skin creep you should check out the Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage. The authors have solicited opinions from a varied group of successful users of the USAmerican language, such as: Saul Bellow, Walter Cronkite, and Andy Rooney.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsA treasure of knowledge and funSep 6 2001
By jazmaan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase
I learned everything I know about grammar and usage from this book! It was a gift to me as a teenager and it guided me to A's throughout high school and college. Who would have thought a dictionary could actually be FUN to read? Well this one is because it poses a multitude of common problems in contemporary usage, e.g. "to split or not to split infinitives", and then lets a range of academics and humorists tackle them. The results are both enlightening and amusing.