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    Someone please help!!!

    Is cambridge and oxford dictionary British?

    If so, please suggest a good american dictionary.

    Is there any governing body, which sets standards for American English?
    Last edited by stitusandrews; 25-May-2010 at 16:55. Reason: Please help...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitusandrews View Post
    Someone please help!!!

    Is cambridge and oxford dictionary British?

    If so, please suggest a good american dictionary.

    Is there any governing body, which sets standards for American English?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon.

    (1) Hopefully, some people will soon suggest some good dictionaries.

    (2) No, unlike France or Spain, there is no academy in the United States

    that decides what is or isn't "good" English.

    (a) There are, however guides, that many people follow.

    (i) Many writers and university students use THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE.

    (ii) Many people also use the style books put out by many newspapers, such as THE NEW YORK TIMES. A style book tells its reporters what kind of standards are expected for that newspaper. Some newspapers allow
    ordinary people like me to buy a copy.

    (iii) There are many usage books that are highly respected:

    I highly recommend Webster's Dictionary of English Usage/ A Dictionary of

    Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner/ The Columbia Guide to

    Standard American Engllish.

    (iv) The World Wide Web has thousands of articles.

    (v) There are dozens of websites such as this one. At usingenglish. com,

    there are professional teachers who will give you reliable answers.

    (Someone who is not a teacher must tell you at the beginning of the

    post. Then you can decide whether or not you want to accept his/her

    advice.)

    Have a nice day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon.

    (1) Hopefully, some people will soon suggest some good dictionaries.

    (2) No, unlike France or Spain, there is no academy in the United States

    that decides what is or isn't "good" English.

    (a) There are, however guides, that many people follow.

    (i) Many writers and university students use THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE.

    (ii) Many people also use the style books put out by many newspapers, such as THE NEW YORK TIMES. A style book tells its reporters what kind of standards are expected for that newspaper. Some newspapers allow
    ordinary people like me to buy a copy.

    (iii) There are many usage books that are highly respected:

    I highly recommend Webster's Dictionary of English Usage/ A Dictionary of

    Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner/ The Columbia Guide to

    Standard American Engllish.

    (iv) The World Wide Web has thousands of articles.

    (v) There are dozens of websites such as this one. At usingenglish. com,

    there are professional teachers who will give you reliable answers.

    (Someone who is not a teacher must tell you at the beginning of the

    post. Then you can decide whether or not you want to accept his/her

    advice.)

    Have a nice day!
    Thank you Sir for some great tips and advice.... Really very helpful and it is mostly appreciated.

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