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Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English

by R. L. Trask

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Can anything be described as 'very real'? There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear, precise ('accurate'?) English ('english'?) that it is a wonder ('wander'?) anyone ('any one' or 'anyone'?) can be understood. Fortunately, all those who have ever feared being shown up by using one of the twenty worst words and phrases to be avoided at all costs, or confusing the complex with the complicated, can now relax and even enjoy a trouble-shooting guide to good writing. Trask's wonderfully readable and authoritative book adjudicates on hundreds of contentious issues from politically correct language to whether to write 'napkin' or 'serviette'.

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Exasperated by marking exam scripts, the author checked some 2500 of the most common errors his students made. The result is this guide which points the reader to pitfalls in English and how to avoid them, written with wit and panache. Correct usage, spelling and grammar are all covered.… (more)

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