English language

 

English_Idioms_DictionaryEnglish Idioms Dictionary (Global ELT, 2012) 
Useful to all students learning English as a second or foreign language. The inclusion of 200 of the most common business idioms also reflects the need for English language learners to be able to understand basic idiomatic language used in an everyday business context.

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Good Word Guide, 7th edition
An updated edition of this best-selling guide to English usage, which has sold over 90,000 copies

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1001 words you need to know and use1001 Words You Need to Know and Use: an A-Z of effective vocabulary (OUP, 2010)
Expert guidance on choosing the word that expresses exactly what you are trying to say in written and spoken tasks, including job applications, presentations, proposals, essays and reports, with clear layout and example sentences.
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Scapegoats Shambles & Shibboleths (Hodder & Stoughton, 2009)
“If you’re at all interested in the origins of our extraordinary language then this entertaining and delightful companion will reward your interest over and over again.” Good Book Guide

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The Chambers Thesaurus, 3rd Edition (Chambers, 2009)

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The Facts on File Dictionary of Allusions (Facts on File, 2009)
Providing a comprehensive guide to implied or indirect references in the English language, this new resource explores well-known events, places, people and phenomena whose names have acquired significance.

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Developing Vocabulary Skills, 1 (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Learners Publishing, 2008)
The first in a series of four books, for secondary students, providing an excellent tool for strengthening students’ vocabulary for comprehension and writing, as well as for oral English.

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Developing Vocabulary Skills, 2 (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Learners Publishing, 2008)
The second in a series of four books, for secondary students, providing an excellent tool for strengthening students’ vocabulary for comprehension and writing, as well as for oral English.

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Developing Vocabulary Skills, 3 (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Learners Publishing, 2008)
The third in a series of four books, for secondary students, providing an excellent tool for strengthening students’ vocabulary for comprehension and writing, as well as for oral English.

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Developing Vocabulary Skills, 4 (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Learners Publishing, 2008)
The last in a series of four books, for secondary students, providing an excellent tool for strengthening students’ vocabulary for comprehension and writing, as well as for oral English.

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Students’ Dictionary (North Parade Publishing Ltd)

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The Facts on File Dictionary of Foreign Words & Phrases, 2nd edition (Facts on File, 2008)
Entertaining and authoritative, this is a valuable resource for students, writers and language lovers, providing examples of use and etymological backgrounds covering a wide range of fields.

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The Secret Life of the English Language (Orion, 2008)
“The perfect gift for word buffs – a collection of words, phrases, linguistic quirks…” …unmasking the sheer delight that words can offer… from lexical eccentricity to gobbledegook and text messaging.”
The Bookseller, May ’08. Good Book Guide, Nov ’08
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Good Word Guide 6th edition (A & C Black, 2007)
“This intelligent guide is an essential addition to the bookshelves of all readers and writers.” Good Book Guide

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The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs 2nd edition (Facts On File, 2007)
“The editorial consistency is rare and a credit to the skillful selection and editing techniques of Manser…” Booklist

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Complete Guide to Grammar (Joint editor with Ros Fergusson) (Arcturus, 2006)
An indispensable guide for all native English speakers who were not taught formal grammar, and who have ever wondered about the correct use of a word or phrase. It is also an ivaluable learning tool for students of English of lower intermediate standard and above.

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Collins Dictionary for Writers and Editors (Editor) (Harper Collins, 2006)
web site, website, Web site or Website?; online, on line, or on-line?; email or e-mail? The Collins Dictionary for Writers and Editors is an authoritative A-Z reference source for all those who work with the written word, giving reliable guidance on problematic words, names, etc., stylistic conventions, and usage.

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Facts on File Guide to Good Writing (Facts on File, 2006)
“The style of writing in this book is itself a model of clarity and the information is presented in a pleasant, non-pedantic manner.” American Reference Books Annual 2006

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Facts on File Guide to Style (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Facts on File, 2006)
An essential guide to the basics of writing style. “…the serious budding author will find quality instruction… a solid choice for school libraries and public libraries supporting writing programs” Library Journal

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Thematic Dictionary 1 (Co-author with Steve Curtis) (Learners Publishing, 2006)
Workbook arranged according to topics to help build vocabulary and develop confidence.

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Thematic Dictionary 2 (Co-author with Steve Curtis) (Learners Publishing, 2006)
Workbook arranged according to topics to help build vocabulary and develop confidence.

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Dictionary of Proverbs (Co-reviser with Steve Curtis) (Wordsworth, 2006)
An updated version of G. L. Apperson’s classic text, including such new entries as: The customer is always right; There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

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Chambers Desktop Guides: Report Writing (Consultant Editor) (Chambers, 2006)
Report Writing is a practical volume for anyone who has to write informative reports in work, study, or elsewhere.

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Dictionary of Idioms (Author) (Wordsworth, 2006)
You have asked a friend to keep a secret and he or she blurts out, ‘Trust you to open your big mouth!’ You agree with someone in having the same idea or opinion and you say ‘Great minds think alike’. This dictionary explains such idiomatic phrases used in typical English conversations.

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Pocket Writer’s Handbook (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Penguin, 2006)

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Dictionary of English Spelling (Wordsworth, 2005)

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Chambers Dictionary of Eponyms (2004)
“This book explores one aspect of the English language’s evolution: how names have entered the modern vocabulary. While looking at more than 1000 names of men and women, readers will be stunned to discovered the unique stories that are hidden behind our everyday terms.” Good Book Guide

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The Really Useful Concise English Dictionary (English Trust, 2004)

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Chambers Synonyms and Antonyms (Chambers, 2004)

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The Facts on File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions (Facts on File, 2003)
“…useful… because it is written with admirable clarity and because its examples are vivid and compelling… at least as handy for home reference as it will be for reference collections.” American Reference Books Annual

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Wordsworth Advanced Learners Dictionary (co-author with Nigel Turton) (Wordsworth, 2003)
“This is a dictionary to be read, as well as used. The test, quite simply, is to open it, at any page, and see if you can stop yourself browsing. I couldn’t.” Professor David Crystal

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The Penguin Writer’s Manual (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Penguin, 2002)
“This new book is invaluable: it is not only for secretaries and PAs but also for anyone who has wondered whether ‘it’s’ should be ‘its’, or whether a sentence can start with ‘and’.” The Times

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The Facts on File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (Facts On File, 2002)
“Martin Manser has done an excellent job of bringing these terms and expressions together in one book…” The Book Report

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Wordsworth Crossword Companion (Co-author with Stephen Curtis) (Wordsworth, 2001)

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Guide to English Grammar (Co-author with Rosalind Fergusson) (Macmillan, 1998)
“Clear, sensible, genuinely helpful, unpretentious little volume.” Good Book Guide

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A Dictionary of Everyday Idiom 2nd edition (Prentice Hall, 1997)
“A very practical approach to idioms … simple explanations … attractive and readable.” EFL Gazette

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Macmillan Dictionary of English 2nd edition (Macmillan, 1997)
“Most people use dictionaries to check their spelling, and so only require a brief meaning alongside the word. The Macmillan Dictionary of English Spelling fulfils this need and is consequently quicker, clearer and easier to use than a conventional dictionary.” Times Educational Supplement
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Macmillan Student’s Dictionary (Macmillan, 2nd edition, 1996)
“A firm favourite among classroom dictionaries.” Times Educational Supplement

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Oxford Learner’s Pocket Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1991)

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Guinness Book of Words (Guinness, 1991 2nd edition)
“… a fascinating Aladdin’s cave of information about words and language usage, with each dip producing more interesting facts, both useful and entertaining.” Bookshelf

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Dictionary of Marketing Terms (Chambers, 1988)

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Dictionary of Publishing and Printing Terms (Chambers, 1988)

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Visual Dictionary (Joint Editor) (Facts on File, 1988)
“Most innovative of the forthcoming crop of language books is the Visual Dictionary … Even before publication the book has been held as a boon to people with dyslexia or other learning problems … But its use goes far beyond these specialist areas. It is quite simply a book that no householder should be without.” Glasgow Herald
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The Student’s Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs(Co-author with Nigel Turton) (Macmillan, 1985)
“This is a very easy to use reference book which deals with a very tricky area of langauge.” ELT Update

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