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Which is the most reliable dictionary in English Language? If you know reliable sites for English Learners, utube channels or anything could be hepful, please let me know. I am also interesting for a reliable thesaurus. For example, Thesaurus. com even if it is considered as reliable tool, it is so confusing to me.
Feb 15, 2016 2:31 PM
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It depends on several things: what you want to use it for (looking up unfamiliar words, usage guidance, etymology or some other purpose), your level and comfort with English, how you feel about non-standard usages and what dialect you are interested in. The big daddy of them all -- and indeed reliable -- is the Oxford English Dictionary, but that is probably overkill for you. (Most individuals would only access it through a library and not have a copy of their own.) Personally, for a more modest but still reasonably compact reference, I like Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary for US English (although it usually covers specific BrE usages too), and Chambers 21st Century for UK English. The latter has its idiosyncracies, including a tilt to Scottish usages, but I rather like that.
February 15, 2016
As a U.S. native speaker, I grew up on "the Unabridged," i.e. the Merriam-Webster New International Dictionary, Unabridged. In fact my parents owned a copy. Nevertheless... and despite acknowledging the Oxford English Dictionary as THE authority... I would like to put in a good word for the American Heritage Dictionary, online at ahdictionary.org The American Heritage dictionary is a medium-sized dictionary. I own a print copy of it. I like two things about it. a) I feel that the definitions are EXCEPTIONALLY clear, insightful, and well-written. b) In some important cases, this dictionary has usage notes, and whenever it does I find the usage notes to be EXCELLENT.
February 15, 2016
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us I usually use the macmillan.
February 15, 2016
The Oxford English Dictionary is good old standard one. The Oxford Dictionary of Current English is good for those learning the language currently. The Merriam-Webster English Dictionary is well known. A well-known, good thesaurus is Roget's Thesaurus and/or Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form. These can be found online and/or purchased for reading devices such as IPad or Kindle.
February 15, 2016
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Constantina
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English, Greek
Learning Language
English