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By Caroline Taggart

ISBN-10: 1905400934

ISBN-13: 9781905400935

The world's most vital language has a couple of tricky components and pitfalls, and virtually everybody has a few quarter to enhance upn, no matter if it is the best way to spell "millennium" or the right way to pronounce "schedule" the British method. Her Ladyship's consultant speedy takes readers during the serious problem parts, masking universal error in grammar (that will belie a lowly upbringing), universal misspellings and misused phrases, and the all-important collection of phrases and words to exploit in posh society, with a fool-proof pronunciation advisor.

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Whatever one's religious beliefs, the years in the 'common era' are reckoned apposite This means 'suited for the purpose, appropriate', as in The use -` -. an apposite quotation illustrated the point well. , with opposite. from the supposed birth of Christ, so those preceding it are вс - Before Christ. Until the Western world adopts another reference point, it is absurd to attempt to disguise the origin of this method of expressing dates. ) arm candy This is an expression that almost tempts Her Ladyship to go d bailgame on her knees.

Among speake Elegant English. '`. all from favour. Even worse are diarise for ci noteadicry',`mkeanpoit'r • Verbs such as i of the existence se ; ut a circular'. 92 insteadof` Confusables 4 adverse/averse Adverse means 'unfavourable, hostile' as in adverse weather conditions or an adverse criticism the sort of remark that might be made by an adversary. Averse means `unwilling' and is often used in the n egative: He was not averse to the suggestion means that he was happy to agree, he felt no aversion.

A decaff latté, perhaps. May I have ... is what is meant and be used. Seе can/may, page 51. 64 (owing from • • • as in I know where you're coming from, is used too often to mean `I 65 A must A must to avoid understand what you are saying' or `I see what you mean'. Ei a'; to avoid dearly of these alternatives is preferable. It is impossil a to miss someone dearly, although one may well have loved them dearly. A person may be missed sorely, dreadfully, comprise/consist of desperately or simply a lot.

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