Fully revised and updated, and now available online and in print.
Practical English Usage is recommended for any teacher, trainee teacher, or advanced-level student looking for answers to questions about the English language. The material is now organised in two parts (grammar and vocabulary), making it easier than ever to find the answers, either online or in print.Part 1 is a complete practical learner's grammar with 28 sections, covering all the structural points that cause problems for learners.Part 2 is a guide to vocabulary problems covering:rules for word formation and spellinga survey of high-priority vocabulary areasan A-Z guide to over 250 common word problemsThe 600+ entries provide answers to the questions that learners typically ask, for example:use of tensesthe truth about conditionalsarticle problemssingular they getas a passive auxiliarybring or take?can, could, may ormight?classic or classical?the language of emailsrules for word formation and spelling Plus:the grammar of speech and formal writingBritish-American differencesquestions of style and idiomchanges in Englishpolitenessavoiding offensive languagea survey of high-priority vocabulary areasa guide to over 250 common vocabulary problemslists of learners' most commonmistakes
`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
Winner of Michael Swan: ELTons 2014 British Council lifetime achievement award winner.
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