Practical English Usage

Author(s): Michael Swan

CELTA Preparation | General Language Teacher Resources | Professional Development Books

Practical English Usage has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Now revised and updated for the fourth edition, it answers the questions that teachers and learners ask about English grammar and vocabulary with clear, corpus-informed explanations and examples.

Key Features:

  • Completely revised and updated to reflect changes in language use.

  • NEW Organisation into two easy-to-use parts, making it quicker to find the information you want. Part 1 is a complete topic-by-topic student's grammar, with section introductions highlighting common mistakes. Part 2 is a guide to key vocabulary topics, including an A-Z list of common word problems.

  • NEW Also available online, including 87 diagnostic tests. 

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

  • getas a passive auxiliary

  • bring or take?

  • can, could, may or might?

  • classic or classical?

  • the language of emails

  • rules for word formation and spelling


  • 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


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780194202428
  • : Oxford Univ Pr
  • : Oxford Univ Pr
  • : February 2017
  • : 1.75000mm X 6.50000mm X 9.50000mm
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Swan
  • : Hardcover
  • : English
  • : 428