Oxford A-Z of Better Spelling

ISBN : 9780199684625

Charlotte Buxton
176 Pages
116 x 172 mm
Pub date
Aug 2013


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  • Gives immediate access to over 2,000 words with difficult spellings, including common mistakes that a spellchecker does not spot; for example, are you sure you want 'defiant' and not 'definite'?
  • Contains invaluable additional material including rules for spelling, advice on beginnings and endings such as '-ible' or '-able', and notes on American spelling
  • Includes entries throughout the text to help with frequently confused words
  • The guide is based on evidence of actual spelling mistakes, and includes many newer words such as 'ciabatta', 'fajita', and 'karaoke'

Good spelling is fundamental to making the right impression with any type of writing; reports, homework, CVs, and letters all require correct spelling in order to get the message across in clear and straightforward English. 

Adaptable or adaptible? Definite or definate? Delirious or delireous? What is the difference between assent and ascent, dual and duel, or forbear and forebear? How do you make the plural of halo? Is it halos or haloes? Actually it's both, but not so for potato, the plural of which is potatoes.

Knowing the difference between easily confusable words, making plurals, and adding endings are just some of the aspects of spelling that confront us with endless pitfalls. This easy-to-use A-Z guide does what no spellchecker can do: it gives immediate access not only to individual word spellings but also to general rules that will help you develop good spelling. The book covers the topics in simple and helpful terms and also offers advice on how to use apostrophes and hyphens, and the differences between British and American spelling.

The core of the book is a list of over 2,000 words laid out for quick and easy reference. Based on evidence of misspelling gathered from real situations, this guide is the most useful and comprehensive help on spelling available. This edition makes the benefits of the material explicit to the general reader: clear organization of the supplementary features, simple and transparent design, and clearly written rules.

One of a mini-series of titles on spelling, grammar and punctuation, and usage.


How to Use this Book
Explanation of Terms Used in this Book
Oxford A-Z of Better Spelling
Centre section containing:
Spelling Rules
Endings and Beginnings
Common Misspellings

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Edited by Charlotte Buxton, Oxford University Press

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