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Practical English Usage 2nd Edition
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Practical English Usage contains hundreds of entries on English grammar, from elementary to advanced topics and some entries on other issues (pronunciation, usage of problematic words, style etc.). The entries are well selected and well indexed, so I found answers for the vast majority of questions I have ever tried to look up.
Keep in mind, however, that the book can be used primarily as a REFERENCE. It is NOT structured for systematic, regular study and it is too dry for that purpose.
If you want to learn English grammar, I recommend that you get this book, together with Basic English Grammar by Eastwood and Mackin (with the exercises). Use Eastwood and Mackin's book for systematic study and complement it with Swan's book whenever you have any specific question. These books together cover ALL you'll ever need on English grammar (except if you need to be a professional in the field - such as a translator, university professor etc.).
To repeat my view, this is an excellent reference and one I recommend to my advanced students.
I have a degree in foreign languages and literatures and have taught English for the last ten years. I think everyone who studies the English language should have this book on their shelves, next to their dictionaries, for whatever your grammar doubt is, you'll quickly find a solution to your problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These is a GREAT grammatical refernce book. If you plan on teaching English, this book is a must have.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my Cambridge CELTA course because all the instructors raved about it and asked us to reference it on a regular basis -- Frankly, I'm unimpressed with this book. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Shakespeare
Whether the average English teacher or an Academic teacher, this book becomes the measuring stick for the English language when it comes to grammar.Published on July 6, 2013 by Paul C Leonard
The detailed explanation of the book was clear and exact. I am Teaching English as a foreign Language and this book is invaluable and good to have as a reference book. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Philip Gomes
This book is really helpful. If someone is faced with a grammar problem, the Practical English Usage has many answers to help.Published on January 14, 2011 by Serge
What this is is a thick reference paperback for teachers of English as a second language.
There are no exercises. There are no pictures. Read more