Practical English Usage

Practical English Usage

by Michael Swan

Your indispensable guide to problems in English

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Practical English Usage answers the questions that teachers and learners ask about English grammar and vocabulary, using clear, corpus-informed explanations and examples.

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28 sections covering all the grammar and usage that learners need to know, including:

  • the grammar of speech and formal writing
  • British-American differences
  • changes in English
  • questions of style and idiom
  • lists of learners' most common mistakes

A comprehensive guide to vocabulary problems:

  • rules for word formation and spelling
  • a survey of high-priority vocabulary areas
  • an A–Z guide to over 250 common word problems

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Diagnostic Tests

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