Garner's Modern American Usage by Bryan A. Garner

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Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, this book authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation.

Now in the third edition, readers will find the "Garner's Language-Change Index," which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. Garner's Modern American Usage, 3e is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index, and the judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved.
 

About Bryan A. Garner

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Bryan A. Garner is the preseident of LawProse, Inc., a leading provider of continuing legal education in writing. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Southern Methodist University. His books include A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Securities Disclosure in Plain English, and The Winning Brief. He is also editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary.
 
Published July 28, 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA. 1006 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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He is the author of many books on writing, including the HBR Guide to Better Business Writing and the best-selling reference work Garner’s Modern American Usage.

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Harvard Business Review

He is the author of many books on writing, including the HBR Guide to Better Business Writing and the best-selling reference work Garner’s Modern American Usage.

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He is the author of many books on writing, including the HBR Guide to Better Business Writing and the best-selling reference work Garner’s Modern American Usage.

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