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In the most reliable and readable guide to effective writing for the Americans of today, Wilson answers questions of meaning, grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, and spelling in thousands of clear, concise entries. His guide is unique in presenting a systematic, comprehensive view of language as determined by context. Wilson provides a simple chart of contextsfrom oratorical speech to intimate, from formal writing to informaland explains in which contexts a particular usage is appropriate, and in which it is not.
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A vibrant description of how our language is being spoken and written at the end of the twentieth centuryand how we ourselves can use it most effectivelyThe Columbia Guide to Standard American English is the ideal handbook to language etiquette: friendly, sensible, and reliable.