Practical English Usage: Practical English Usage Paperback – Apr 1 1995
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About the Author
Michael Swan is a writer specializing in English language teaching and reference materials. His interests include pedagogic grammar, mother-tongue influence in second language acquisition, and the relationship between applied linguistic theory and classroom language-teaching practice, and he has published a number of articles on these topics.
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To repeat my view, this is an excellent reference and one I recommend to my advanced students.
Practical English Usage contains hundreds of entries on English grammar, from elementary to advanced topics and some entries on other issues (pronunciation, usage of problematic words, style etc.). The entries are well selected with and well indexed, so I found answers for the vast majority of questions I have ever tried to look up.
Keep in mind, however, that the book can be used primarily as a REFERENCE. It is NOT structured for systematic, regular study and it is too dry for that purpose.
If you want to learn English grammar, I recommend that you get this book, together with Basic English Grammar by Eastwood and Mackin (with the exercises). Use Eastwood and Mackin's book for systematic study and complement it with Swan's book whenever you have any specific question. These books together cover ALL you'll ever need on English grammar (except if you need to be a professional in the field - such as a translator, university professor etc.).
I have a degree in foreign languages and literatures and have taught English for the last ten years. I think everyone who studies the English language should have this book on their shelves, next to their dictionaries, for whatever your grammar doubt is, you'll quickly find a solution to your problem.
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This book is very, very good. It is well structured, written in a simple, effective style and it is authoritative. Read morePublished on June 3 2003
This "Practical English Usage" deserves gratitude for the invaluable guidance it has given to millions of learners. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2003 by reviewer
This is the bible for the TEFL educator. This is the most complete guide I've ever seen. Not only because of the amount of information it has, but how it's organized. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2002 by K. Johnson
This is a quick reference guide for everyday gammar use..
I really like this book. Obviously it would be helpful for a foreign language speaker to learn the correct pattern... Read more
Designed as a reference book, it is very easy to find what you're looking for. The style is simple and straight-forward, making it easy to use, even for non-native speakers of... Read morePublished on June 20 1999 by Brett Reynolds
This is one of the best grammar books I've ever found! Following the British pattern of "How to explain" English grammar, it's very didadict and goes step by step... Read morePublished on April 13 1999