Practical English Usage by Michael Swan PDF Download. Michael Swan Practical English Usage 3rd, 4th edition PDF. Download Swan practical English usage for grammar learning. The book is intended for higher level students of English and for teachers. Being a reference book, it contains information at various levels, ranging from relatively simple points to quite advanced problems.
English like all languages is full of problems for the foreign learner. Some of these points are easy to explain – for instance, the formation of questions, the difference between since and for, the meaning of after all. Other problems are more tricky, and cause difficulty even for advanced students and teachers.
Practical English Usage is a guide to problems of this kind. It deals with over 600 points which regularly cause difficulty to foreign students of English. It will be useful, for example, to a learner who is not sure how to use a particular structure, or who has made a mistake and wants to find out why it is wrong.
It will also be helpful to a teacher who is looking for a clear explanation of a difficult language point. There is very full coverage of grammar, as well as explanations of a large number of common vocabulary problems. There are also some entries designed
to clarify more general questions (e.g. formality, slang, the nature of standard
English and dialects) which students and teachers may find themselves
The explanations deal mainly with standard modem everyday British English,
and are illustrated with realistic examples of current usage. Both explanations
and examples have been thoroughly checked against large electronic databases
(‘corpora’) of authentic spoken and written English. Stylistic differences (e.g.
between formal and informal usage, or spoken and written language) are
mentioned where this is appropriate. The few grammatical differences between
British and American English are also described, and there is a good deal of
information about other British-American differences, but the book is not
intended as a systematic guide to American usage.