English Like It Is reviews
Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:30:00 AM
by Richard Marsh
|The free promotion has resulted in 558 downloads and two 5-star reviews so far, one from the US and one from Spain.
Consult Marsh first
What a cornucopia we have here: so many ticklish questions addressed. Marsh brings a refreshing mix of authority and flexibility. We may all have Fowler on our shelves, but we also know that the Windsors themselves no longer speak the king’s English. This new work does not suffer from the specious egalitarianism of, say, Bergen Evans. Now that I have a copy of Marsh, I expect to begin any usage question with him. [amazon.com]
Syracuse, NY USA
Author of Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, Myths and Legends of the Celts, Contemporary Irish Cinema and other books.
Un libro tipo “diccionario” muy útil para conocer mejor el inglés
It is a great book. My mother tongue is not English so this book is doubly useful for me.
A mí me ha ayudado mucho para conocer, entender y corregir los errores más comunes que hay en el uso del inglés. Thanks so much, Marsh. [amazon.es]
Author of The Staircase, Mister Ramón and Mrs Ramona, The Secrets of Storytelling and many other books, and co-author of Two Worlds / Dos mundos: Bilingual Stories from India and Spain / Cuentos bilingües de India y España
Right, wrong, or changing, our language is fun!
Alphabetical listing of words often confused with each other or bungled independently make this book easy to use, and even easier in ebook form where “clicking” to the desired text brings instant gratification. Examples are given of both trending usage and traditional correct usage, so the reader can decide whether to speak (or write) English “like” it is or English “as” it should be.
Mary Grace Ketner
San Antonio, Texas USA
Marsh Makes It Easy
Writers, editors, teachers and readers can benefit from Richard Marsh’s meticulous research and extensive reading by obtaining a copy of this book. Marsh does not merely cite word choice errors as published in several newspapers but also points out why the usage is incorrect and in most cases cites correct usage.
This informative catalogue of 350 entries includes the occasional entertaining item, such as the use of concupiscence (sexual desire) in the Sunday Times, `… he was arrested and sent to Dachau for passive concupiscence in the bomb plot against the Führer … (STim 17/ 5/ 98 p. 8.7)’
The ebook format with convenient functions such as `search’ and `copy’ makes it an enjoyable resource to use. Newspaper editors around the world, and I am thinking of Australia in particular, would benefit from having ‘English Like It Is’ on their laptops.
Writer and storyteller
This is a really excellent book – interesting, enligtening and very useful. It has made me think about the English language in a way I have never done before. It’s surprisingly hard to put down – I consulted it to look up something I wasn’t clear about and became completely fascinated, continuing to read on and becoming totally immersed!
Review of the first edition
I would recommend this manual to anyone who writes frequently and already has a good handle on the language. English Like It Is can give you the right tools to polish your piece, business letter or novel, and sharpen your speaking and writing skills.
Reviewed April 2002 on BookReviewClub.com by Sonya Bateman, a freelance writer, editor and novelist from Syracuse, New York.
English Like It Is