By Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson

No publication had extra impact on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English Usage. It quickly turned the traditional paintings of reference for the right kind use of English when it comes to collection of phrases, grammar, and magnificence. a lot enjoyed for his company evaluations, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the attempt of time and remains to be thought of by way of many to be the easiest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first variation of this cherished paintings, more advantageous with a brand new creation by means of one in all trendy prime specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of unique examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's popularity and his position within the heritage of linguistic idea. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folk notice and lots of of his entries reveal a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any glossy linguist proud. And even supposing the publication is stuffed with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is mostly clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler used to be like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed from time to time to exasperation through the infelicities of his wayward scholars, yet regularly in need of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the simplest suggestions for them.... He may well shake his stick at us, yet we by no means believe we're really going to be beaten."
within the concluding element of the booklet, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, bargains a contemporary point of view on them, and exhibits how English has replaced because the Twenties. This interesting and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will pride every body drawn to language

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ABSOLUTE POSSESSIVES. Under this term are included the words hers, ours, theirs, & yours, & (except in the archaic attributive-adjective use, as thine eyes) mine & thine. The ordinary uses of these need not be set forth here. But a mistake is often made when two or more possessives are to be referred to a single noun that follows the last of them : the absolute word in -s or -ne is wrongly used in the earlier place(s) instead of the simple possessive. The correct forms are : your & our & his efforts (not yours & ours); either my or your informant must have lied (not mine); her & his mutual dislike (not hers) ; our without your help will not avail (not ours).

Affinity. The prepositions normally used after this are, according to context, between & with. When the sense is less relationship or likeness than attraction or liking, to or for AFFIX 13 are sometimes used instead of with ; this should not be done ; in places where with is felt to be inappropriate, the truth is that affinity, which properly describes a reciprocal relationship only, has been used of a one-sided one, & should itself be replaced by another word. Cf. sympathy with & for. affix, n.

The insertion of a comma between noun & participle in the absolute use is indisputably wrong ; it arises from the writer's or the compositor's taking the noun, because it happens to stand first, for the subject of the main verb ; & it puts the reader to the trouble of readjusting, after he has formed it, his notion of the sentence's structure. The King having read his speech from the throne, their Majesties retired is the right form; but newspaper writing or printing is so faulty on the point that it would appear nine times out of ten as The King, having read his &c.

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