A Desk-book Of Errors In English; Including Notes On Colloquialisms And Slang To Be Avoided In…

Paperback | January 7, 2012

byFrank H. Vizetelly

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A DESK-BOOK OF ERRORS IN ENGLISH A a, an: Before an aspirated "h," as in " Hibernianism," the article " a " should be used. "A" is used when the next word begins with a consonant sound; "an" when it begins with a vowel or silent "h." Though never so feebly aspirated," h" has something of a consonant sound, and the article in this case ought to conform to the general principle, as in "a historic introduction has generally a happy effect to arouse attention." One may say correctly: an island, a Highlander; an oysterman, a hoister; a hotel, an onion; a herb, an heir; a house, an owl. Some persons do not aspirate the "h " in "herb;" when the "h" is not aspirated, the word takes the article "an," not " a." abandon, forsake, desert: To abandon is to give up entirely, as home and friends, and implies previous association with responsibility for or control; to forsake is to leave or withdraw from a person or place, and suggests previous association with inclination or accord attachment. Abandon and forsake may be used in a favorable or unfavorable sense. Desert is to leave permanently and especially without regard for the person or thing deserted; it is used only in an unfavorable sense and usually implies a breach of duty. Some writers assert that desert is used only "of causes or persons but not of things." This is erroneous. There is ample evidence of its correct application to things; as the soldier deserts his colors; the sailor deserts his ship. abbreviate, abridge: Discriminate carefully between these words. To abbreviate is to shorten a word so that a part stands for the whole; to abridge is to condense or epitomize, as a report, in such manner that the spirit of the original is retained though it is expressed in fewer words. ability, capacity: These wo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A DESK-BOOK OF ERRORS IN ENGLISH A a, an: Before an aspirated "h," as in " Hibernianism," the article " a " should be used. ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217664350

ISBN - 13:9780217664356

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