- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; 4 edition (22 Dec. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0194202437
- ISBN-13: 978-0194202435
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.7 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Practical English Usage, 4th edition: Paperback: Michael Swan's guide to problems in English Paperback – 22 Dec 2016
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The entries in Practical English Usage are not only informed by Swan's authoritative knowledge of English grammar, but by a sure sense of which aspects of the grammar are likely to be problematic, and how these can be most effectively explained. (Henry Widdowson, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London)
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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!
This is a hard book to digest and not meant to be used as an aid to refresh your grammar. It is a very comprehensive and text heavy textbook. It's mostly a language reference book for terms you may not have covered in class.
The book is very large, about 690 pages long so by default this is a reference book. If you're thinking of taking one on your travels, this is not recommended for practical reasons.
The way the book is structured is rather broken up and it tries to cram things together before simplifying them first. It jumps around a bit and can be quite confusing.
verbs, tense and aspect
future 211 - 221
present tenses 461 - 466
past simple and progressive 421 - 422
perfect verb forms 427
present perfect 423-425
progressive (continuous) verb forms 470-472
Particularly for verb tenses or complex items, it would have been good if there were some diagrams or illustrations (though there a few tree diagrams to illustrate what each word is in a sentence structure later on). I know many students would benefit from this.
I have read a few grammar books now and I find the best ones to prepare you for a CELTA or TESOL course are those ones which can not only illustrate an answer but also apply it to real spoken English.Read more ›
I warmly recommend this book.
It does need a good understanding of grammatical knowledge so not recommended for the elementary student.
would suit trainee TEFL teachers.
Great for Grammar and studying for ur celta or delta
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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Absolutely amazing. It was suggested by my University Lecturer. I am a student teacher and this book helps me identify many problems that learners struggle with. 10/10Published 1 month ago by Daniel Whittington
Lots of grammar uses explained in detail, must buy for English language teachersPublished 1 month ago by Auzmah S.
This is a very comprehensive book at a very reasonable price. (It is a reference book not an exercise book for students)Published 2 months ago by Friedrich Gauss
Perfect condition and on time. No complaints and recommended!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was recommended this at a grammar course run by Oxford University, and it is also the grammar go-to book for my Hungarian teaching assistant (who has very good English). Read morePublished 2 months ago by R Cochrane
Great book! Very clear explanations, covers pretty much all essential grammar for the TESOL certificate. I couldn't have done it without this.Published 3 months ago by Nomes