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Hello folks,

I would like to know your recommendations when it comes to an English dictionary, slang guide and the like. Of course, I already have an English-English dictionary, but it's not what it used to be -- my expectations are probably too high. By the way, I'm focused on American English. There are so many books out there, choosing only four or five good ones is pretty hard. Any suggestions? Mine can be seen below.

Thank you very much indeed in advance.

Regards,
Downer

Richard A. Spears: McGraw - Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
ISBN: 0071469346
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0071469346?v=glance

Merriam - Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
ISBN: 0877798109
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0877797099?v=glance

Merriam-Webster: Merriam - Webster's Dictionary of English Usage
ISBN: 0877791325
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0877791325/002-9880815-4963243?v=glance&n=283155
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Swan, Practical English Usage
Garner, Modern American Usage
Green, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, 2nd edition

In terms of grammars, I still find
Otto Jespersen, A Modern English Grammar (out of print)
the best, especially in terms of examples from the literature.
Get at least vol. IV (dealing with the verb) -- copy it at a university library.

It's much better in terms of page layout than George Curme's grammar, which is also quite good, but difficult for me to read because of unending blocks/ paragraphs.

BTW, Spears ^^ is outstanding.

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The Elements of Style
ISBN: 020530902X
Although I've never used it myself, it's a highly recommended writing guide.

Out of curiositiy, where do you live?
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My two books which I keep returning to is, a) The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing, and b) The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 8th Edition.

The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing, is a great book, but it needs getting used to. The language is elaborate, but the advice is very effective. I believe, this is the book of choice in the United States.

O A L D, is fabulous, because you get a free software with the dictionary, which is worth it's weight in gold, as is the dictionary in book form, too.