When I wrote the first edition of this book, I wanted to cram a lot into it. Cookbook became my metaphor: a collection of everything I could think of that was useful and tasty—and set out in self-contained chapters that readers could use in any sequence they want. But now, I see certain coherences I didn't see then. I see first what commentators also noticed most: my so-called "romantic" approach, that is, my emphasis on freewriting, chaos, not planning, mystery, magic, and the intangible.

I am still singing this tune. "Just write, trust, don't ask too many questions, go with it. Put your effort into experiencing the tree you want to describe, not on thinking about which words to use. Don't put your attention on quality or critics. Just write." This is the je ne sais quoi dimension of writing. I always want to talk about what cannot quite be analyzed: the sense of voice in writing, the sense of a writer's presence on the page, the quality that makes a reader actually see or experience what you are saying. That is why I use so much indirection and metaphor. I have designed this book so you can either read it straight through or else skip around.

That is, I have arranged it in what seems to me the most logical order; you will find some cumulative benefits from reading it in the normal sequence. But I have also made each section and chapter fairly complete in itself so you can thread your own path and find the chapters you need for your particular writing tasks or for your own particular temperament or skills.

By reading Section I and the short introductions to the remaining five sections, you will get a good sense of how the whole book works. In addition, almost every chapter ends with a short summary or section of advice which you can consult for more information about what the chapter treats.

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We are very glad to introduce a new, easily accessible and pretty straightforward guidance to the terminology of English grammar. This publication released by Oxford has been prepared by three world recognized grammar experts and contains more than 1600 useful and informative entries, with most of them being provided with very clear and comprehensive, but yet concise definitions, supplemented with sample sentences for better understanding.

This is the second release of the publication, which has been revised and significantly updated in comparison with the first one; particular attention has been paid by the authors to the sample sentences mentioned above. There are more than a hundred of new entries covering the current terminology. The appendix contained in the last part of the book gives a list of useful web links.

The book is well defined and perfectly illustrated. It shall be treated as the invaluable resource for English students and teachers, in fact anyone with the interest in grammar of the English language and with the intention to get a proper knowledge of grammar. We all know that grammar is the core, main important, part of any language - it means that every student of English must take it very seriously and concentrate on grammar.  

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This is the official edition of the book intended to help people learning English in preparation to GRE exam. It was released by Educational Testing Services just two years ago, so all the contents is very fresh and up-to-date. The book is divided into following parts - About the GRE revised General Test; GRE Analytical Writing; GRE Verbal Reasoning and Practice Questions; GRE Quantitative Reasoning and Practice Questions; GRE Math Review; GRE Practice Tests 1 & 2 together with Answers to them and necessary Explanations.

This publication is a must-have book for anyone studying English language and wishing to get higher score when passing a GRE examination. Try and spend some time every day working on this book and you will succeed. This is the best choice to people looking for the good and authoritative guidance to the GRE test.  

The publication provides readers with the four complete and real tests, numerous (in fact, hundreds) of test questions, descriptions of the quantitative and verbal reasoning, overview of the analytical writing types - in fact, literally everything one needs to know about the GRE test - and, what is most important and valuable, note that all the information is coming straight from the makers of the test.

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At the great number of workshops and conferences I organised or co-organised worldwide, one inevitable question was always asked: when will a Maritime English textbook be available covering the essentials to be taught to and learnt by future deck and engineer officers of the merchant marine? The excuses for not having such a book were numerous; insurmountable problems of different national educational systems, lack of time and funds, no publisher interested in that specific field, etc., etc. 

Peter van Kluijven, however, Maritime English lecturer at the Shipping & Transportcollege in Rotterdam, not at all impressed by all these arguments, sat down and did what others kept putting off. Originally meant to provide a sound foundation for his own teaching he was encouraged by the Maritime English Sub-Committee of the International Maritime Lecturers' Association (IMLA) to kill two birds with one stone, namely to let the Maritime English teaching community in his classroom and share his ideas. The outcome is convincing: a well structured, English-monolingual textbook with diversified texts, tasks and projects complemented and supplemented by a CD-ROM reflecting an up-to-date content based communicative methodology of language teaching and learning titled The International Maritime Language Programme (IMLP).

It is also suited for distant learning. The topics cover the essentials a ships officer in a multilingual crew needs to master in order to successfully meet the communication requirements at sea and in ports; the book even introduces the recently IMO adopted Standard Marine Communication Phrases (IMO SMCP 2002) embedded in a well thought out context and with appropriate exercises such as role plays.

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This book is designed for everyone who wish to improve their vocabulary. Regardless of how good your vocabulary is, this book will be of great use for you. The authors of this vocabulary grouped the main content of the publication into sets of words that have been taken from GRE and SAT examinations over the past 10 years, in total more than 1500 words.

The book will be helpful even for the learners having very good vocabulary since it gives them a good opportunity to find out whether they really understand what the words they think they know mean and whether they can use them in a sentence in correct way. In fact, this book may be considered the only tool required for the learners to increase their vocabulary for communication or when preparing for tests, since it provides readers with the proper definitions of the terms, example sentences and other valuable information, for instance, some appendices are there dedicated to the foreign phrases, suffixes and prefixes.

Moreover, the author has also included some self-tests so that the users could evaluate their understanding of the words and get the progress measured. This valuable resource will give you everything you need to speak, read and write better.

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The initial declared purpose of the present publication was to bring together a whole range of nautical info. In fact, such amount of information would require a separate library. The book is a mixture of factual technical information and lexicology, together with wild superstition - it covers not only what seamen say, but also what they believe and think, and how seafarers describe their equipment; it shows what laws and traditions determine how the seamen do their job. We all know that navigable waters cover more than seventy of the Earth's surface and, until last century, world's oceans were the only possible option for any intercontinental travel.

Even today, when airlines are taking over passenger traffic, the vessels still carry almost whole world's trade, which is rapidly expanding trade. That is why it is not that surprising that a huge part of the history has been written on the oceans; you must have already noted that so many words used nowadays, have nautical origins. Though most of them are English words, centuries ago they might be French words.

This book is the compendium of nearly nine thousand terms taken from different sources of maritime terminology. Some of the entries are brief, but others have been supplemented with additional information.

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This book presents an explanation for the IVA system in Plural Nominal (umlaut) ("foot-feet", "mouse-mice") and Past Tense (umlaut) verbal formations ("give-gave", "take-took"') in English. The IVA forms, which share the morphophonemic process of IVA, are considered to be irregular in Modern English, since the IVA appears in a very limited number of forms: i.e. approximately seven Noun Plurals and, approximately seventy-six "irregular" Past Tense verb forms divided into fourteen subclasses.

The author of the publication uses the inductive methodology. The publication consists of seven parts. The first part is pretty introductory and provides the general overview of the concept and comparison of regular and irregular verbal and nominal forms in English language. The second part is named Background and, as it is implied by the title, it contains some historical background of different grammar systems, and also some overview of tenses. The next two parts have been dedicated to the non-irregular and phonological hypotheses. The fifth part addresses the semantic non-irregularity, while the last two parts of the book cover further evidence for both above mentioned hypotheses, and discussions/conclusions.

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Let us introduce a famous and classic book written by Admiral William Henry Smith. It will let landlubbers get easily familiarized with marine terminology. For example, many people may be surprised to find out that at sea a sheet is made of rope and not cloth. Even experienced mariners may discover some new meanings for everyday words in the present unique nautical reference book. It was first released so many years ago, in 1867.

This comprehensive dictionary includes more than 14000 sailing terms. This latest edition of the dictionary will be equally useful for yachting enthusiasts, fans of nautical fiction, naval history buffs and all people who like the sea. The book is a sort of alphabetical digest of the maritime terms. The author of the publication has defined the marine terms and nautical terms, including not-so-common terminology, and added some terms that, though appear now to be obsolete, are still there even in the contemporary books.

Without any doubt, we can recommend this book to anyone - it will enrich the vocabulary of marine industry professionals, and even will be interesting even to the general readers who may find there the descriptions of the terms that they may meet when reading nautical works or other related books.

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