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2.0 out of 5 stars Very good learning book, utterly useless workbook, 20 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Grammar and Vocabulary for Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency: With Key (Paperback)
The title says it all. As a student of English I have spent a pound or two on books and have therefore the perspective necessary to assess the book's quality. As a learning book it is near flawless and presents the subject in minute detail, including the most common exempts from the rule. It is the workbook content, however, that serves no profitable purpose.

It stresses the need to know much overused cliches and allows one so much freedom in answering and filling out clozes while actually requiring a very specific answer (according to the key that is to say). It doesn't test one's understanding of English, it only tests the student's knowledge of the most common phrases. If you're after a workbook, which constitutes a whole half of the content of this one (!!!), buy the official CAE/CPE papers rather than this.

Don't ask why the raven is like a writing desk and expect one to answer '42'...
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2011 13:04:16 BDT
Carme says:
Hello dimitra,

I appreciated you opinion on the book, but I've got a question: you recommend the official papers but, do they have grammar explanations and comments or are just the exams with the keys? Because I really need a base book on grammar to work on it.

Thank you very much

Carme

Posted on 9 Feb 2013 00:42:29 GMT
namakemono says:
I can't concur with your comments - erudite as they are. I use this book to tech CAE-level English for the very fact that it elucidates grammar and vocabulary of a variety that many other books do not. While we may be thinking of different chapters, what you describe as 'much (oft-?)overused cliches', constitute a number of significant - by virtue of their obsolescence - examples of English that remain - for exam purposes at least - relevant to the highly-advanced learner. Phrases like 'be that as it may', for example. Seldom, if ever, do they crop up in common parlance, but advantageous is it to the dedicated learner to acquaint oneself with such devices. Personally, I can think of decisions much worse than to purchase this volume.
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