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Postby hanuman_2000 » Sat Oct 30, 2004 10:07 am

Sir,

Which disctionary should I read .


It may annoy you, but as you are expert in English and a Teacher , I think you can tell it better.

Some body has recommended the "Longmans".\

What do you think.

Thanks.
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Postby Alan » Sat Oct 30, 2004 2:06 pm

I believe that the most widely recommended dictionary for learners is the Collins Cobuild. It is noted for giving plenty of information of the type needed by learners but not normally to be found in regular monolingual dictionaries, such as whether words are count or noncount, and for copious example sentences to illustrate the correct usage of words.
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Postby tkay » Sun Oct 31, 2004 7:37 am

If you want an EFL's opinion, I like Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. It's also available on-line. It gives a lot of sample sentences, many idioms, and information on whether a noun is count or non-count, whether a verb can take a direct or indirect object, what preposition should accompany a word, and so on. I've been using it since 1970 and have seven copies of different editions, but I'm addicted to the on-line version now. It's great for EFLs' English writing. --- tk
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Postby Alan » Sun Oct 31, 2004 8:41 am

Hanuman

Why not splash out on both?
You can never have too many good dictionaries!
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