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Usage

 

in linguistics, the commonly accepted use of a linguistic unit such as a word or phrase, in contrast to the occasional (temporary or individual) use of such a unit. For example, neologisms are not language units in common usage. The concept of usage is associated with the concepts of linguistic norms and linguistic systems. The accepted usage of language units is generally established by interpretative, phraseological, orthographic, and pronouncing dictionaries.

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A usage dictionary can be a handy reference work to consult when you do not wish to pore over a selection of your other dictionaries, grammar textbooks, style sheets, spelling lists, and writing guides.
You would use a usage dictionary to learn which prepositions are used with insist (on or upon), whether more important is more correct than more importantly (there is some dispute, but they are essentially equally correct), and how to pronounce--and whether to use--hiccough (pronounced the same as hiccup and still correct although not as often used as the shorter word).
This approach focuses on a single distinguishing characteristic in usage of a particular linguistic point and links it to a conceptualization thereby clearly presenting the grammar point, while simplifying and simultaneously maximizing the learning process.
But a "reduced" rule is more than the simplified "rule of thumb", for it focuses the learner's awareness on the essence of the usage, and not merely on when to use a given construct.
In the United States, polynorbornene acceptance and usage is just starting after years of efforts.
For example, AHD3 stands apart from all others, says the publisher, because of its "500-Plus Usage Notes and comments - many with Usage Panel opinions - which deal not only with grammar, diction, and style but also with new usage issues of the nineties, such as gender, ethnicity, sexual Preference, and the new jargon."
The studies of James Binns, for example, are the basis for Waquet's remarks on the usage of Latin writers of the British Isles who flourished during the Elizabethan and Jacobean period.
Perhaps for these reasons 53 percent of [The American Heritage Dictionary] Usage Panel finds the phrase men making acceptable in this sentence, and another 36 percent find it acceptable in informal contexts.