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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Non-native English speakers will highly appreciate A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases by Yuri Dolgopolov. It aims at helping them understand metaphors and idioms, and consequently, improving their knowledge of the English language and culture. It also presents "a complete lexicographic inventory" for the first time. A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases collects around 10,000 idioms and comprises false-friends and false-enemies. It presents the entries in alphabetical order, including a short but clear explanation and an example for each of them.
Is it possible to describe a dictionary as a fascinating read? With A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases, this is exactly the case. This extensive volume is one of the most useful and valuable tools students of the English language can find to learn new words and expressions. Considering how difficult it is to learn a second language at an advanced level, A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases is a tool that will make things easier. It is an excellent resource to avoid misunderstandings and other silly mistakes. It is user-friendly, and its alphabetical order easily allows you to find the entry you need. Dolgopolov's explanations are concise but enlightening, ideal for those who need immediate clarification. The idea to add an example for each idiom is another valuable element of this book. Instead of learning only in a theoretical way, the use of the expression in a context will make it clearer to readers. For all these reasons, I strongly recommend A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases to every student of the English language.