Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts

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A useful guide to everyday American English to help you understand meanings and avoid difficulty in translation

In this new edition of Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts, noted lexicographer Richard A. Spears shares with you 1,900 of the most common phrases and colloquial expressions used in contemporary American English. Here you will discover the greetings, good-byes, and everyday small talk that Americans use daily. All entries have been selected with the special needs of you, the nonnative speaker of English, in mind!

Inside you'll find:

Examples or short dialogues with each entry that illustrate how the phrase is used in everyday speakingUsage restrictions or warnings for those situations when a phrase may be inappropriateShortened or abbreviated expressions cross-referenced to their complete formsA Phrase-Finder Index to help quick and easy reference
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 168 x 229 x 18mm | 431g
  • MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0071776079
  • 9780071776073
  • 417,760

Table of contents

Guide to the Use of the DictionaryTerms and SymbolsDictionary of Common American Phrases (A-Z)Phrase-Finder Index
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About Richard Spears

Richard A. Spears, Ph.D., is a reference editor and former linguistics professor who has written more than 30 dictionaries, including NTC's American Idioms Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-0273-8) and NTC's American English Learner's Dictionary (ISBN: 0-8442-5859-8).
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