Suggestion for English usage book?
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Wilman  Identity Verified
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I would like to buy a good, easy to read English usage book that focuses on the usage of words with examples of how the word should be used given. Does anyone have any suggestion? I appreciate your input.

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Gilberto Lacchia  Identity Verified
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Practical English Usage Jan 5, 2005

A reference book, very easy and practical to use. I found it very useful.


Michael Swan
Paperback: 688 pages
ISBN: 019431197X
Oxford University Press; 2nd edition
http://tinyurl.com/3tsc9

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Gilberto


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Thank you Jan 5, 2005

Thanks for the suggestion, Giberto.

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Wilman  Identity Verified
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Maybe I should restate my question Jan 5, 2005

Hi Giberto,

I checked out the book that you recommended. The way the materials are presented is exactly how I want it, however, I think I should restate my question. What I am looking for is more like an advanced dictionary/reference book that gives examples of word usage rather than basic grammar. Would you have any suggestion for that?

Thanks,
Wilman


Gilberto Lacchia wrote:

A reference book, very easy and practical to use. I found it very useful.


Michael Swan
Paperback: 688 pages
ISBN: 019431197X
Oxford University Press; 2nd edition
http://tinyurl.com/3tsc9

Regards,
Gilberto


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Longman Language Activator and Cobuild Advanced Learner's E.D. Jan 6, 2005

...and some of the other Longman dictionaries for English learners: http://www.longman.com.sg/html/dictionary.html, and the COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. I also second Gilbert's suggestion of Swan's Practical English Usage, for this book does give examples of usage for many words that cause problems for English learners.

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Thanks Jan 6, 2005

Thanks, GoodWorks

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Marcela Robaina Boyd  Identity Verified
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Collins Cobuild English Grammar Jan 6, 2005

Hello,
Apart from the books already mentioned, I would also recommend this one.
Check it out.
Marcela


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Thanks, Marcela. Jan 6, 2005

I will check it out. Thanks.

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