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This unique reference guide addresses problem points in the language as encountered by learners and their teachers. It gives information and advice that is practical, clear, reliable, and easy to find. Most of the book is about grammar, but it also covers selected points of vocabulary, idioms, style, pronunciation, and spelling.- Explanations and examples based on currentThis unique reference guide addresses problem points in the language as encountered by learners and their teachers. It gives information and advice that is practical, clear, reliable, and easy to find. Most of the book is about grammar, but it also covers selected points of vocabulary, idioms, style, pronunciation, and spelling.- Explanations and examples based on current corpus research.- Entries on "kinds of English," covering standard English and dialects, correctness, spoken and written English, formality, and variation and change....

Title : Practical English Usage
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ISBN : 9780194420990
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 658 Pages
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Practical English Usage Reviews

  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    2018-12-24 08:58

    The book almost reads your mind and anticipates a lot of the common error students fall into. It is a book that I read with great relish, not because I am ever going to be tested but because it is important to perfect what we already have got. I enjoy the examples he provides and I love his sense of humor in those examples. This is supposedly to be a grammar/ style type of a book, boring. But not this book. This book is addictive! I read it with great addiction.

  • Tracey
    2019-01-12 00:40

    My bible. ESL teacher for 12 yrs and this is my go-to reference book. Not very student-friendly though. Definitely a teacher resource. For student resources, Murphy's Grammar in Use is a godsend.

  • P.J. Moore
    2019-01-07 06:50

    An English Teacher's Bible

  • Elmira
    2018-12-28 07:32

    کتابی جامع و کامل که شامل گرامر در سطح پیشرفته، نکات مهم و تمامی استثنائات رایج در استفاده از کلمات و افعال و اصطلاحات زبان انگلیسی می باشد. برای افرادی که در زمینه تدریس زبان انگلیسی هستند و یا در رشته های زبان انگلیسی تحصیل می کنند، به عنوان یکی از مراجع مهم کاملا کاربردی است. برای من مطالب این کتاب بسیار مفید و جالب است. البته برای کسانی که فقط علاقه به انگلیسی دارند و در شرف یادگیری هستند، باید بگم که این کتاب بیشتر به عنوان رفرنس هست .

  • Sarah
    2018-12-29 01:44

    'Practical English Usage' is probably the first book I read about English language, grammar, and structure. Now it is one of the main sources I use for learning/teaching English. The book is very useful and quite detailed. I first read it when I was a school student, and it really helped me improve my English. Luckily when I went to college I found a more recent edition in the library at my university. Swan answers a lot of questions I as a non-native speaker have (particularly in areas like punctuation and grammar). He also offers an explanation of the common errors made even by some native speakers. The book is written in a way that makes it easy for the reader to search for the topics that he/she would like to know more about. It goes beyond the simple rules that most English-speaking people know (like tenses for example) and tries to explore that which is irregular, confusing, and often unnoticed.

  • Lingo
    2019-01-02 04:37

    Widely held to be the "Bible" of English Language Teaching, Swan's book is useful as a reference but not the be-all-and-end-all that many people assume. This is because it doesn't treat grammar as a meaning-making resource but rather a set of prescriptive rules that do not necessarily reflect real language in use. I would recommend Lock's 'Functional English Grammar for Language Teachers' over this book any day. However, one thing I like about Swan's book is its dictionary-style index, making it fairly easy to locate the grammar point in question. As for its usefulness, I don't find it very 'practical' at all.

  • Miquixote
    2019-01-16 02:54

    The best there is for detailed, yet quick, practical checks on grammar points. A life-saver for a teacher not sure about certain grammar points.

  • Eastofoz
    2019-01-11 07:48

    This book is very easy to understand. You do not need a degree in linguistics to make sense of it. It's very thorough, with clear examples and an excellent reference book overall.

  • Samar Almossa
    2019-01-21 00:40

    very useful for English language teachers and people who are interested in Grammar. It is my reference and I will keep it in my library forever.

  • Bro
    2019-01-21 05:29

    Not a book you read through, but if you are teaching the whys of English it is a necessity!

  • Alex
    2019-01-06 02:43

    A very useful and complete reference. Includes basic usage plus a lot of idiosyncrasies.

  • David Finney
    2019-01-10 04:48

    Really useful and invaluable for teaching ESOL.

  • Josef
    2019-01-01 03:34

    An excellent book about English grammar.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-13 06:56

    An absolute MUST for ESL teachers. When you first start out [as a native speaker] you'll need it for all of those grammar questions you can give an answer for, but are stumped for a reason why. Students always want to know grammar rules. Overtime you'll build up your knowledge and this is a great book to help you do that. It isn't limited to gramar, there are also sections on easily confused words, spelling, formats, BrEn / AmEn differences, etc. It'll also come in handy if you take the CELTA course.

  • Thyag
    2019-01-19 03:51

    You don't really have to slog through all the rules of grammar to get better at English. An alternative is to follow the intuitive approach: to learn English grammar through usage and examples. 'Practical English Usage' helps you achieve just that. It has an A to Z listing, detailing the usage of all the parts of speech and many misused words or clauses.Should you buy one book on English grammar and usage, this would be it. 5 stars.

  • JonathanYu
    2019-01-22 03:37

    Practical English Usage contains many examples of common mistakes about English grammar. It surely is a treasure to people who treat English as a second language and non-English speakers. It explains to me the reason why I speak English in this way but not the other way around by showing plenty cases.

  • Behrang Bootaki
    2018-12-22 08:38

    This book is one of the most practical grammars which I've read. In other word it's a dictionary of English grammar, which organized in alphabetical order making it easy to search and find the intended grammatical problem. Generally, I advise this book to everybody wants to refer his/her problems during the time.

  • Mohammed Alzahrani
    2019-01-12 05:35

    كتاب لازم يكون عندك مهما كان مستواك باللغة الإنجليزية إذا لم تكن هي لغتك الأم.حتى لو تتوقع أنك تعرف كل القواعد بتلقى معلومات حلوة عن أي التركيبات أنسب و ألبق في مناسبة ما، و هذا شيء صعب تلقاه و صعب تحس فيه دامها ليست اللغة الأم. كتاب مهم جداً و بعكس كتب القواعد هذا ممتع في القراءة بعد.

  • Aha
    2018-12-26 02:44

    The Best Grammar Book!

  • Bülent Özgün
    2019-01-13 06:59

    En iyi İngilizce dilbilgisi kitabı. Sözlüğe benzer bir işleyişi vardır: Konu ve kavramlar alfabetik olarak dizilmiştir ve bkz'larla daha ayrıntılı bilgiye ulaşılır. İstisnai örnekleri bile barındırması baş tacı olması için en büyük nedendir. Muhteşemdir.

  • Saadullah Rekani
    2019-01-12 01:43


  • Msh
    2019-01-05 07:46

    Great resource for the language teacher or student.

  • AbdAllah
    2019-01-01 01:33

    It's nice

  • Safa .Nasri
    2019-01-18 07:36

    i think i will learn so much in English .

  • Nazir Mohammad
    2018-12-22 03:45

    One of the most important book for students who can not make difference between wrong or right

  • yengyeng
    2019-01-12 08:42

    One can always count on Swan to explain pesky grammar points.

  • Endo Anh
    2018-12-29 08:33


  • Sami
    2018-12-27 02:42

    well this very book is the need of every person who needs to improve his or her glish grammatically.

  • Somayah
    2019-01-21 02:36

    A must have book to all English teachers/students. a very rich source!

  • Jamesirwin19
    2019-01-22 04:56

    This assists me with my obsession with good grammar. It's a great resource but it's not exactly user friendly.