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Offline bookworm

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advanced learner's dictionary - misnomer?
« on: December 19, 2016, 01:21:00 pm »
Whenever I consulted regular dictionaries when I was younger, some definitions did not seem clear. I only discovered what you call advanced learner's dictionary a decade ago. The definitions are simpler. I wish I had one of them while I was still a student (from elementary to college).

In addition, this type of dictionaries will tell you whether a noun is countable or uncountable in a particular context. So you can decide whether to use an indefinite article with a noun or pluralize it with an s.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

M-W Learner's Dictionary

Collin's COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus

However, I find it strange to call them advanced dictionaries when these normally give straightforward definitions compared to regular dictionaries. Is the term advanced dictionary a misnomer?
English is my second language.

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Re: advanced learner's dictionary - misnomer?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2016, 12:28:47 pm »
The key word in most of these titles is "learner."  Many other dictionaries do not have the learners of English in mind, which is perhaps why there is a difference. 
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Re: advanced learner's dictionary - misnomer?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2017, 11:02:54 am »
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However, I find it strange to call them advanced dictionaries

Hi bookworm
It's not an "advanced dictionary" it is an "advanced learner's dictionary", i.e. a dictionary for "advanced learners".  :)
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: advanced learner's dictionary - misnomer?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2017, 11:13:56 am »
I think updated Oxford dictionary 2017 is better than before.




Offline HenryFlynn

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Re: advanced learner's dictionary - misnomer?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 05:14:49 am »
This post is very helpful for everyone in our community. I'm very comfortable with Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.

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Re: advanced learner's dictionary - misnomer?
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 03:08:07 pm »
Good to know for the future, thanks!
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