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Practical English Usage (3rd Edition) [Paperback]

Michael Swan
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21 April 2005 0194420981 978-0194420983 3
Teachers describe Michael Swan's book on English language problems as 'indispensable'. 600+ A-Z entries explain common problems with clear, concise information.

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (21 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0194420981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194420983
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally indispensable for TEFL teachers 4 Aug 2008
By Ian Shine VINE VOICE
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In my time as a TEFL teacher this book came in useful on numerous occassions. TEFL textbooks have notoriously shoddy guides to grammar, which are often detrimental rather than helpful for student and teacher. Swan doesn't have any practice exercises, but everything is laid out plain and simple, from the most straighforward grammar points to the complexities of cleft sentences.
As a teacher, especially in my first year, I would have sunk without a trace if it hadn't been for this book. You simply cannot do without it as a TEFL teacher, or as a serious English language student. There's not much more to say about it than that!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy guide to refer to 7 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
I've found this book very useful and easy to use for grammatical queries. You know how it is when you're not just quite sure about something, e.g. hypen usage - well this book is great to have at hand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book 27 April 2011
Format:Paperback
Very well presented and accessible approach to English language structure. Got it when I was thinking of doing a TEFL course - was the recommended book.

Sold to a friend who was doing some English teaching here in France and bought another copy for my daughter who is doing a Proof-reading course in the UK.

Very useful for students and teachers alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 5 Sep 2010
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Very little can be said except that this book has to be essential reading for anyone doing an English course. I found it excellent
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant reference or study book. 26 Aug 2010
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I am studying English. I find this book very helpful for either studying English or using as a reference book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book 6 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a very useful book for a non-native English speaker who wants to be proficient in this language. It is very well structured (all the entries are in alphabetical order) so you can find easily anything you are interested in. Explanations are given along with a lot of examples that make everything clear.
I warmly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical English Usage 16 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
If you're doing a CELTA course, serious about teaching English or just curious about the English language then you might want a good grammar book. I recommend this one because it has a very clear layout that makes it easy to find what you want. I looked at several other grammar books before choosing this one and I felt this one was uncluttered and easy to use by comparison. It has lots of useful, real-life examples of the grammar in action, and is good for explaining why certain phrases and idioms are structured as they are. It also includes several enlightening glossaries (for example, newspaper headlines and taboo words). It's a really interesting book to dip in and out of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars peter jacques 27 April 2009
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I lost this book whilst travelling but found that there is no substitute. Swan really is the master of grammar and his presentation is superb.
It does need a good understanding of grammatical knowledge so not recommended for the elementary student.
would suit trainee TEFL teachers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good book
A brilliant book particularly for anyone thinking of doing a TEFL, or specifically a CELTA. Every time I referred to this book for help, the answer I was looking for was there.
Published 7 days ago by JJ191
5.0 out of 5 stars Swan 1 - Parrott 0
Designed alphabetically, this is, for me, the best English grammar reference book around. It's sufficiently detailed without being too dry to read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ripple
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
quite useful
Published 17 days ago by patrickmgeorge
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough
A useful reference, which is very in depth. Good to consult, but sometimes there is so much detail you can feel overwhelmed.
Published 2 months ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful
I would definitely recommend this book. It is a great bible for anyone English, especially teaching it.A great buy not to be missed by anyone.Fantastic
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. Broccoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Perfectly clear and very interesting for a day to day use. It helps so much people with a basic or medium level of english!
Published 3 months ago by Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not had a chance to read yet
As new, but have not had a chance to read but needed for a course I am hoping to be accepted on in September. Wish I could say more but at this time its not possible. Thank you
Published 3 months ago by marjorie burt
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Reference Book for Teachers, Natives and Advanced Level...
This is not an exercise book.
Despite this, the book is fantastic. It is laid out very clearly with headings that allow you to search for a particular area of grammar in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nathanael Murdoch
5.0 out of 5 stars The course "bible"
This terms of reference book is essential for the Foundation Degree. A well thought out book with facts and reference to grammar terms (metalanguage) I had not even heard of
Published 4 months ago by Lord Houghton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a wonderful reference book for English teachers. I use it both to get a better insight of grammar points but also as an important tool for my lessons. Highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Alfonso Sánchez
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