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I'm looking for a good thesaurus to find alternative phrases to words like those below:

during = in the course of
through = by way of
misunderstand = get one wrong
understand = make sense of
attract = appeal to
fast, quickly = in a hurry
nevertheless = just the same
equivalent to = nothing less than
prepare = make ready
deal with, approach = address oneself to
finished = through

It would be good if the thesaurus includes both American and British phrases.

Currently, I'm looking at these 3 books:

1. Oxford Thesaurus of English
2. Collins English Dictionary and Thesaurus
3. Collins Roget’s International Thesaurus.

Does anyone have any comments on these books or any recommendations? Thanks.
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I swear by Roget's-- so much so that I haven't even looked at the others. My 1936 edition doesn't have 'in the course of' as a synonym for 'during'. Do the other two? I would think that most thesauri were a bit short on the function words.
I like "Roget's International Thesaurus".

Samples:

during, pending, durante [law]; in the course of, in the process of, in the middle of; in the time of, at the time of, in the age or era of, intra-; over, through, throughout, throughout the course of, for the period of; until the conclusion of.

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"finished" splits into eleven entries: accomplished, completed, dead, elegant, ended, past, perfected, polished, ruined, symmetric, used up.

"completed" itself expands into:

completed, done, finished, concluded, terminated, ended, finished up; cleaned up or wound up or wrapped up or mopped up [all informal]; washed up [informal], through, done with; all said and done, all over but the shouting; perfective.

CJ
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Hi Mister Micawber and CalifJim,

Thanks for your replies. Of the first 2 books mentioned, Oxford gave the most 'hits'; I suspect it should have no problem with "during = in the course of". Getting to the right word or phrase is also pretty direct, as it is in 'dictionary style'.

I do find Roget's comprehensive as well, but I've not checked it out thoroughly yet. From my last experience, I find it rather circuitous -- sometimes I actually gave up. And -- maybe the version I've seen is rather old -- some phrases couldn't be found. Do you know of any version that is more user-friendly and up-to-date? Thanks.
I use "Nisus Thesaurus" on my Apple Mac. It was free to download, AFAIR.

It's really easy to use; I simply drag the mouse to highlight a word then select "Thesaurus" from the menu bar and all the alternatives appear in a pop-up window.Emotion: smile

It works in *** application, too.
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Yes, Oxford is good. Try Theasarus.com, it provides you with entries taken from different versions of Roget, it's not as easy to use as Oxford is, nonetheless, it's helpful.
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Thanks you for your replies.

Fyi, I tried "during" in Thesaurus.com, but it didn't give "in the course of".

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