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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: 23.4 x 3.6 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ian Shine VINE VOICE on 4 Aug 2008
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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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Scott on 7 Sep 2006
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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 By DogFoodDave on 27 April 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Clifford on 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 By Dragomir Mihaela on 6 Feb 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Foreigner on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sanne on 10 Jun 2009
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When I started studying English at the university, in 1999, I was required to buy this book for one of my classes. At first, I found it a bit overwhelming, partly because of its size and partly because it took me a little while to figure out how to use it. But once I got the hang of it, this book has been my most valued reference work, along with Oxford's ALD.
Since I have the second edition, I'm considering whether I should buy the revised third edition. If anyone can tell me, how much the two editions differ from each other, I would be much obliged :-).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter A. S. Jacques on 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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