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Garner’s Modern English Usage ‘a huge achievement’

[1 Nov 2016] Is there any right or wrong in English? If you think the answer is obviously ‘yes’, then the raging battle between the descriptivists and prescriptivists may well have passed you by – or ‘past ewe buy’, perhaps. To the descriptivists, manuals that seek to guide users of English about what is good and bad tend to be anathema. Which is where Bryan Garner’s new book comes in, because Garner’s Modern English Usage champions the idea that there is such a thing as good English. In more than a thousand pages, he sets out some ways in which we can recognize it when we see it.

In this review, Martin Cutts picks out some of the highlights, describing the book as ‘a huge achievement that deserves to become a leading authority on English usage’.

Download the review here (PDF, 60KB)

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