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Essential Grammar in Use With Answers: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Elementary Students of English Paperback – February 13, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0521559287 ISBN-10: 0521559286 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Grammar in Use
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (February 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521559286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521559287
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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'Essential Grammar in Use is highly recommendable for the use of self-study or as supplementary course material because of its clarity, conciseness, illustrative examples, convenient arrangement, and outstanding lay-out.' VVLE Newsletter, Belgium, 1997

'Never heard of Murphy? Well, then it is high time you rush to the nearest book shop and buy it. It is still the best grammar book and has been so for the last 12 years ... The explanations - always one page - of any grammar item are clear and illustrated not only with good examples but also motivating pictures. On the page facing these explanations you are offered a good selection of exercises. They are easy to understand and also illustrated with pictures.' 'If you feel your students need and also want more of them, there is the volume with the Supplementary Exercises. This means no work for you, you do not have to make up your own examples - it is all there.' ETAS, Switzerland, 1997

Book Description

Essential Grammar in Use bonus extra CD-ROM contains interactive grammar exercises to accompany the book.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
I teach English to foreign students. They all rate this book very highly and I have no hesitation in recommending it to students and teachers alike. It is very well laid out with lots of examples and exercises to test knowledge.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dk on January 10, 2000
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I teach business English in China. Murphey's book is a great tool for teachers. I especially like the diagnostic tests in the back of the book. You can use these to determine what exactly your student needs. Then you can just give the student the exact lessons the student needs. The lessons are laid out so there is one lesson on a page and a quiz on the opposite page. Excellent tool and a must have for teachers.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Hooper on April 13, 2005
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As an English teacher, I use this book as my grammar bible. This book comes in two volumes: one for beginners and one for intermediate students. Each book covers over 100 grammar points. Each point gets two pages. On one page there is an excellent explanation of the grammar point along with examples. On the facing page, lots of grammar exercises are provided.

I don't use this as my classroom text since the activities don't lend themselves to communication. However, the communicative texts I do use either have poor or non-existant grammar explanations. When students have difficult questions about grammar, I often check with this book, since the explanations are quite clear and easy to understand. If students request some grammar practice homework, then I let them do the grammar activities as homework. It really helps students improve their accuracy.

I definitely recommend this to English teachers and students who are studying English. It would be a great reference book, and a good self-study supplement for students. If you can only afford one volume, I recommend the intermediate one because it answers some really diffult grammar questions well.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Javier Romo Garcìa on April 7, 2000
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Teaching English as a Second Language is challenging. I have used this book many times and my students find it easy to study and use. The format with explanations on one side and the exercises on the other is helpful and attractive. For beginners, this is great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary Scott on April 28, 2004
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Finding straight grammar practice for beginners can be a challenge. Most books, it seems, are written for the lower-intermediate level and above.
This book is an exception.
It provides essential practice with forms as well as use. In other words, it separates form from function, giving students a chance simply to practice creating, say, present perfect, and then providing practice in differentiating between present perfect and past simple.
Together with the supplemental exercise book, you should have plenty of resources for your beginning students of English.
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