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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage

Publisher: Merriam-Webster
Pages: 978
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The complete guide to problems of confused or disputed usage.

"Should I use affect or effect? Is it correct to write alright, or is all right the right one? Which cases call for in, as opposed to into?" Find answers to these questions, and many more, in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage.

Comprehensive usage articles help you write and speak accurately. Entries reveal a usage history, contemporary analysis, and a recommended solution.

Quotations illustrating usage help you make informed choices. Over 20,000 illustrative quotations provide concrete examples of how words are used.

Special history and pronunciation sections help you build understanding and knowledge. A Brief History of English Usage and a quick-reference guide to Pronunciation Symbols provide background and supplementary data.

Alphabetical listings and cross-referencing help you find answers fast. More than 2,300 entries and 600 cross-references facilitate quick look-ups.