Frequently Misused/Misspelled Words and Phrases (and how to use them correctly) - Reviews
This book has received only two reviews so far; however, they're really good ones. If you struggle with the differences between words and phrases, such as Discrete vs. Discreet, Advice vs. Advise, ect vs. etc, Loose vs. Lose, and hundreds of others, then this is the book for you.
This is not only an outstanding reference book, it is a wonderful addition to any classroom. Mark Chapman is an accomplished author and brings a definite sense of whimsy to an otherwise normally dull subject. The closest thing I can think of would be Grammarly, on steroids, only offline and readily available. He stresses the importance of communicating correctly, through the written word. My favorite quote from the book comes from Samuel Clemens, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning". This book is a must for writers, students who need to write for class, and students like mine, who are just becoming comfortable with the English language, so they can better their lives in this country. You will really enjoy this book and do as I did, buy several for your friends.”—D Hoffman (5 Stars)
I've always identified myself as somewhat of a grammar nerd. Until now, I found only grammar books with little bits and pieces of useful information, but the books, on the whole, were extremely dry, and painful to trudge through. So I never bothered. However reading Frequently Misused/Misspelled Words and Phrases (and how to use them correctly) isn't like a boring class on grammar, but more of a casual and fun chat. It covers many of the most frequently misspelled and misused words in the English language, examples of the wrong and right use, and sometimes origins of the words. There is an interactive table of contents, so you can go directly to particular words. I found quite a few that I've been using wrong. Who knew? Also, there was one word that I've been pronouncing wrong all of these years. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially writers.—digsblues (5 Stars)