on 25 July 2001
I was looking long time for good book about phrasal verbs. Unfortunately, there are not many books at all about this very complicated (and fascinated) aspect of English language. First, what I don't like in most other books. Almost each one is only a workbook. It means you need to have dictionary somewhere around you and look up for every new phrasal verb before you can do something with it. It is annoying at least.
This book is different. It consists of fifty units. Every unit includes eight phrasal verbs and plenty of exercises. Every phrasal verb starts from all possible forms in present, continuos, past, and past participle tenses. Then you have clear explanation for every possible meaning and at least one example for every meaning, you can see which expression can be split and which cannot, how to use them and where to use.
Be ready to slowdown, do not think it will be easy reading. It will be hard and long work but at the end, you will have much better understanding of phrasal verbs.
In addition, if you need even more exercises I can recommend Steven Wayne Collins book "Practical Everyday English". This is perfect book if you are interesting in advanced phrasal verbs.
PS: May be not best book for very beginner.
on 19 January 2010
For an spanish person, phrasal verbs are like a headache.
This book is plenty of exercices, sentences, etc, to help us with phrasal verbs, a very important part of everyday English.
on 9 December 2012
A very good book and great help for teachers of English working with foreign learners, who find learning phrasal verbs a daunting task. Each unit of the book addresses a different aspect in the usage of phrasal verbs. Examples and sentences in exercises (of which there's a lot) represent today's spoken English. I especially like the revision exercises. In short, I find this book very useful, and, judging from what I see in the classroom, my students share this opinion.
Also, the book arrived at the speed of lightning and in excellent condition. So - five stars.