Essential English Grammar in Use
Essential English Grammar in Use is a grammar book for elementary students of English. There are 114 units in the book, each one focusing on a particular area of grammar. The material is organized in grammatical categories, such as tenses, questions, and articles. Units are not ordered according to difficulty, and should therefore be selected and used in the order appropriate for the learner(s). The book
should not be worked through from beginning to end. The units are listed in the Contents and there is a comprehensive Index at the end of the book.
Each unit has the same format consisting of two facing pages. The grammar point is presented and explained on the left-hand page and the corresponding exercises are on the right. There are seven Appendices dealing with active and passive forms, irregular verbs, short forms (contractions), spelling, and phrasal verbs.
The book is for elementary learners, i.e. learners with very little English, but it is expected to be used from the first day of a course for complete beginners. It is intended mainly for elementary students who are beyond the very earliest stages of a beginners’ course. It could also be used by lower-intermediate learners whose grammar is weaker than other aspects of their English or who have problems with particular areas of ‘elementary’ grammar.
The explanations are addressed to the elementary learner and are therefore as simple and as short as possible. The vocabulary used in the examples and exercises has also been restricted so that the book can be used at this level.
Intermediate English Grammar in Use
Intermediate English Grammar in Use is for students who want help with English grammar. It is written for you to use without a teacher. The book will be useful for you if you are not sure of the answers to questions like these:
- What is the difference between I did and I have done?
- When do we use will for the future?
- What is the structure after I wish?
- When do we say used to do and when do we say used to doing?
- When do we use the?
- What is the difference between like and as?
- These and many other points of English grammar are explained in the book, and there are exercises on each point.
There are 145 units in the book. Each unit concentrates on a particular point of grammar. Some problems (for example, the present perfect or the use of the) are covered in more than one unit. For a list of units, see the Contents at the beginning of the book.
Each unit consists of two facing pages. On the left there are explanations and examples; on the right there are exercises. At the back of the book, there is an Answer Key for you to check your answers to the exercises. There are also seven Appendices at the back of the book. These include irregular verbs, summaries of verb forms, spelling, and American English. Finally, there is a detailed Index at the back of the book.
The book is intended mainly for intermediate students (students who have already studied the basic grammar of English). It concentrates on those structures that intermediate students want to use, but that often cause difficulty. Some advanced students who have problems with grammar will also find the book useful. The book is not suitable for elementary learners.
Advanced English Grammar in Use
Advanced Grammar in Use is for advanced students of English. It was written mainly as a self-study book, but might also be used in class with a teacher.
There are 100 units in the book, each looking at a particular area of grammar. Some sections within each unit focus on the particular use of a grammatical pattern, such as will be + -ing (as in will be traveling); others explore grammatical contrasts, such as whether to use would or used to in reporting past events or when we use except or except for.
The 100 units are grouped under a number of headings such as Tenses and The future, and you can ﬁnd details of this in the Contents. Each unit consists of two pages. On the left-hand page are explanations and examples; on the right-hand page are practice exercises. The letters next to each exercise show you which section(s) of the left-hand page you need to understand to do that exercise.
It is not necessary to work through the units in order. If you know which grammar points you have difﬁculty with, go straight to the units that deal with them, using the Contents or Indexes to help you ﬁnd the relevant unit. When you have found a unit to study, read through any related material in the Grammar reminder before you begin.
You can use the units in a number of ways. You might study the explanations and examples ﬁrst, do the exercises on the opposite page, check your answers in the Key to Exercises, and then look again at the explanations if you made any mistakes. If you just want to practice an area of grammar you think you already know, you could do the exercises ﬁrst and then study the explanations for any you got wrong. You might of course simply use the book as a reference book without doing the exercises.