Practical English Usage

Practical English Usage Michael Swan's Guide to Problems in English

Fourth edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

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 spelling
  • a survey of high-priority vocabulary areas
  • an A-Z guide to over 250 common word problems
The 600+ entries provide answers to the questions that learners typically ask, for example:
  • use of tenses
  • the truth about conditionals
  • article problems
  • singular they
  • get as a passive auxiliary
  • bring or take?
  • can, could, may or might?
  • classic or classical?
  • the language of emails
  • rules for word formation and spelling
Plus:
  • the grammar of speech and formal writing
  • British-American differences
  • questions of style and idiom
  • changes in English
  • politeness
  • avoiding offensive language
  • a survey of high-priority vocabulary areas
  • a guide to over 250 common vocabulary problems
  • lists of learners' most common mistakes

Book information

ISBN: 9780194202411
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
Edition: Fourth edition
DEWEY: 428.24
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 768
Weight: 996g
Height: 158mm
Width: 235mm
Spine width: 37mm