Garner's Modern English Usage (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780190491482

Bryan Garner
1120 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Apr 2016
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  • Garner's Modern American Usage has been renamed Garner's Modern English Usage. Coverage of global english in this usage guide has been significantly expanded
  • Author is an acclaimed writer, grammarian, lexicographer, teacher, and lawyer
  • The first language usage guide to include the "Garner's Language-Change Index"
  • Over 6,000 entries, essays, and citations
  • Replete with insight and wit, as well as authoritative editorial rulings

Bryan Garner is the most trusted living usage expert of our day, and Garner's Modern English Usage is the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. With well over 6,000 entries on English grammar, syntax, word choice, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and style, this book is adored by professional writers and general readers alike. In this major update to a timeless classic, Bryan Garner has dramatically expanded coverage of international English usage, making the volume for the first time a guide not only to American English usage, but to English usage around the globe. 
Interest in the English language is greater than ever; English is the lingua franca not only of higher education and academia, but of science, business, computing, aviation, and even - arguably - entertainment. An awareness of global English matters today as never before. To ensure that Bryan Garner's clear, unambiguous advice resonates with English-speakers worldwide, more than 2,000 entries have been revised to account for the nuances of English not only in the United States, but in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Africa. 
Not everything has changed: readers will still find the popular "Garner's Language-Change Index" which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from non-acceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. Bryan Garner's tools for scientific accuracy are, however, fully updated: this fourth edition benefits from usage data generated by Google Ngrams, which charts frequencies of any word or short sentence in sources printed after 1800. 
With thousands of concise entries, longer essays on problematic areas such as subject-verb agreement and danglers, and meticulous citations of the New York Times, Newsweek, and other leading journalistic sources, this fourth edition of Garner's Modern English Usage provides priceless reference information to anyone hoping to improve as a writer - worldwide.


Preface to the First Edition of Garner's Modern American Usage
List of Essay Entries
List of Abbreviations
Pronunciation Guide
Key to the Language-Change Index
Essay: Making Peace in the Language Wars
Essay: The Ongoing Struggles of Garlic-Hangers
Modern English Usage
Glossary of Grammatical, Rhetorical, and Other Language-Related Terms
A Timeline of Books on Usage
Select Bibliography
Select Index of Writers Quoted or Mentioned

About the author: 

A best-selling legal author with more than a dozen titles to his credit, Bryan Garner is also the editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary in all of its current editions. He has taught at numerous law schools, and is the president of LawProse, Inc., a Dallas-based company that provides writing and drafting seminars to lawyers and judges throughout the United States.

"It is a stupendous achievement for which we should be grateful. You have to like a book which tells you whether spaghetti and meatballs takes a singular or plural verb!" - Ray Ward (Queens English Society), Reference Reviews

"[Garner's] book successfully achieves what he set out to do: provide a usage dictionary that includes both qualitative and quantitative evidence for his advice. As such, this book is an excellent resource for composition or rhetoric professors/teachers, advanced academic or formal writers, and professional editors." - Jessie Sams, Linguist

"Really, really good...Thorough and timely and solid...Bryan Garner is a genius." - David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster

"Clearly one of the best works on the topic" - Booklist starred review

"Whether taking those first steps on the road to good writing namely, the avoidance of bad writing or tending to further details of clarity, style, and organization, the writer-editor, like any artisan, needs guidance from a master. Such guidance is just what Garner's Modern American Usage provides, and lots of it." - Five Towns Jewish Times

"Garner makes grammar fun, and readers will not only find elucidation but also moments of pure delight while browsing these pages. As always, the entries are not only filled with clear lessons about language usage, trends, and problems inherent in misuse, but they are also peppered with cleverly chosen examples of both usage and misusage. [Garner's] book is the best of its kind in that it simply reports the facts in an engaging way; language evolves and usage changes. An invaluable ready-reference tool." - School Library Journal

"Garner's book is by far the best on contemporary usage. For language lovers or for those attempting to find out how words are being used today, Garner's Modern American Usageis an indispensable tool." - Technical Communication

"Brilliantly, entertainingly, and winningly written, GMEU covers everything a writer, an editor, or a logophile or lexophile would need to, or love to, look up: lexical usage, grammar, punctuation, pronunciation." - Farid Rahimi, The Canberra editor

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