Practical English usage


This purpose of this book, Practical English Usage, that 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.

How exactly is the present perfect tense used?. When do we use past tenses to be polite?. What are the differences between at , on and in with expressions of place?. We can say a chair leg- why not a girl leg? What are the real rules for the use of like and as?. When can we use the expressions do so?. When is the used with superlatives?. Is unless the same as if not?. What are the differences between come and go, between each and every , between big and large and great , between fairly , quite , rather and pretty?. Is it correct to say “There’s three more bottles in the fridge?. How do you actually say 3x4= 12?. And so on , and so on.


This book is a practical reference guide to questions of this kind. It deals with over 600 points which regularly cause problems for foreign students of English. Most of the points treated are grammatical , but there are also explanations of a certain number of common vocabulary problems. So, Who can use this book?. This book is intended for intermediate and advanced students , and for teachers of English . Being a reference book , it contains information at various levels , ranging from relatively simple point to quite advanced problems.


Problems are mostly explained in short separate entries: the book is more like a dictionary than a grammar in form. This makes it possible to give a clear complete treatment of each point, and enables the user to concentrate just on the question he or she needs information about. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title and numbered in sequence ; a comprehensive index show where each point can be found.


How to use the book?. This is a reference book , not a systematic course in English grammar. It will be most useful to a student who has made a mistake and wants to find out why it is wrong , or to a teacher who is looking for a clear explanation of a difficult point of grammar or vocabulary. The best way to find a point is to look in the index at the back : most problems are indexed under several different names, so it is not usually difficult to locate quickly the entry you need . (For instance, if you want to know why we say I’m not used to driving on the left instead of *I’m not used to drive on the left, you can find the number of the section where this is explained by looking in the index under “used”, “be used” , “to”or “-ing forms”) and so on. Finally, we wish the best for all of you.








This purpose of this book, Practical English Usage, that 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.

How exactly is the present perfect tense used?. When do we use past tenses to be polite?. What are the differences between at , on and in with expressions of place?. We can say a chair leg- why not a girl leg? What are the real rules for the use of like and as?. When can we use the expressions do so?. When is the used with superlatives?. Is unless the same as if not?. What are the differences between come and go, between each and every , between big and large and great , between fairly , quite , rather and pretty?. Is it correct to say “There’s three more bottles in the fridge?. How do you actually say 3x4= 12?. And so on , and so on.


This book is a practical reference guide to questions of this kind. It deals with over 600 points which regularly cause problems for foreign students of English. Most of the points treated are grammatical , but there are also explanations of a certain number of common vocabulary problems. So, Who can use this book?. This book is intended for intermediate and advanced students , and for teachers of English . Being a reference book , it contains information at various levels , ranging from relatively simple point to quite advanced problems.


Problems are mostly explained in short separate entries: the book is more like a dictionary than a grammar in form. This makes it possible to give a clear complete treatment of each point, and enables the user to concentrate just on the question he or she needs information about. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title and numbered in sequence ; a comprehensive index show where each point can be found.


How to use the book?. This is a reference book , not a systematic course in English grammar. It will be most useful to a student who has made a mistake and wants to find out why it is wrong , or to a teacher who is looking for a clear explanation of a difficult point of grammar or vocabulary. The best way to find a point is to look in the index at the back : most problems are indexed under several different names, so it is not usually difficult to locate quickly the entry you need . (For instance, if you want to know why we say I’m not used to driving on the left instead of *I’m not used to drive on the left, you can find the number of the section where this is explained by looking in the index under “used”, “be used” , “to”or “-ing forms”) and so on. Finally, we wish the best for all of you.



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