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The battle for the English language

Why are books about English grammar and correct usage so popular?

By Stefan Collini   February 2014

“The use of English appeals because it is a matter on which we are all experts, thus making it the perfect topic for interminable dinner table discussion” (Image © Nic McPhee)

Plain Words: A Guide to the Use of English  by Ernest Gowers and Rebecca Gowers (Particular, £14.99)

For Who the Bell Tolls by David Marsh (Faber, £12.99)

English for the Natives  by Harry Ritchie (Hodder, £14.99)

What is wrong with the following sentence? “There is no longer any public appetite for books about grammar and correct usage since it is now widely accepted that…

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