Pure English is a discourse on the proper use of English. The book opens with a preface in which the authors opine the sorry state of the language commonly seen in written works. The purpose of the work is thus to instruct readers on a variety of topics and to offer practical lessons for improving language skills. The first part of the text is dedicated to vocabulary, and functions as an abbreviated usage dictionary. Hackett and Alexander proceed to discuss eclectic grammar, a philosophy for the usage of rhetoric, faulty phrases, words of dual meaning, and several more topics. The short volume is concluded by a detailed index.
The authors succeeded in creating a document that demonstrates their passion for the English language. These are grammar and vocabulary lessons designed to augment one's ability to successfully use words to convey a message. Pure English is a well-written and informative text that can be beneficial to anybody who values the proper use of language.
Pure English: A Treatise on Words and Phrases, or Practical Lessons in the Use of Language is an excellent book and one that is deserving of wider readership. Hackett and Alexander have created an accessible and enjoyable volume that can serve to improve the writing of its readers, and for this reason, is a highly recommended work.