The BBI Dictionary of English Word Combinations

Revised edition

HardboundReplaced by new edition
ISBN 9789027221667 (Eur)
ISBN 9781556195204 (USA)
PaperbackReplaced by new edition
ISBN 9789027221674 (Eur)
ISBN 9781556195211 (USA)

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This revised edition of the BBI Combinatory Dictionary of English, is an expanded and updated version of the First Edition (1986) and its New Printing (1993), both of which were very favorably received. In this new edition, the contents of the BBI have been increased by over 20%.

In selecting new material, the authors have made use of a variety of sources, such as:

  1. comments and suggestions from over fifty reviews published in journals throughout the world;
  2. additions to the bilingual editions of the BBI, specifically the Maruzen edition (Tokyo, 1993) and the Longman Dictionary of English Collocations (Hong Kong, 1995);
  3. comments and suggestions from users of the BBI.

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BIC Subject: CFP – Translation & interpretation
BISAC Subject: LAN023000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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