English Grammar Books
to Help You
If you are studying English at a school or
college then you will probably have course books or English grammar
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But if you are studying on your own, it can sometimes be difficult to
find the right materials to use.
Here are some suggestions of some British English grammar books that
can help you.
The Oxford English Grammar Course
These are a series of books published by Oxford University Press in
There are three levels available:
- Basic (elementary to pre-intermediate)
Each level is available in an edition with answers, without answers, or
with an accompanying CD-ROM, so you can choose the one that is right
The books contain easy to read explanations and exercises for the
student to complete.
They are recommended by many language schools and EFL/ESL teachers
There is also a companion edition, which focuses solely on business English
grammar and vocabulary
English in Use series
in Use books
are a series of English grammar and vocabulary
Similar to the Oxford English Grammar Course in many ways, they are
available in different editions and for different levels.
This series has now been extended to include Collocations in Use and
Phrasal Verbs in Use.
Exam Preparation Books
If you are preparing for an English exam
(for example the FCE
then you may prefer to get a grammar book specifically designed for
Exam preparation books often contain past exam questions, and include
examples of common mistakes that students make.
If you want a grammar reference book without exercises, then an
excellent example is Practical English Usage by Michael Swan.
Also published by Oxford University Press, this is a great reference
tool, and invaluable for the times when you aren't sure whether
something is correct or not.
It also includes some of the differences between American and British
English, so if this is something that interests you, then it's a great
This book is often used by teachers as a reference book, so if you want
to know what your teacher knows, then it's a good book to have in your
Course Book workbooks
Many English language schools use recognized course books such
as Cutting Edge, Headway, or English File.
All of these titles, and most similar ones, have an accompanying
with extra grammar and vocabulary exercises in them. They can
be a great extra tool for practicing your grammar.
Purchasing English Grammar Books
There are many other reference and grammar practice books available,
and the best thing to do is to visit an English language bookstore and
browse them to see which one is best for you.
If you can't do that, then online retailers usually have a selection
available and you can find them by searching for "English Grammar."
Make sure you read the book description and any reviews before you buy
the books though, as some English grammar books are aimed at native
speakers or teachers rather than students.
There are several books that
can be useful to you
here at Really Learn English, too.
Whichever you decide to buy, English grammar books can be very helpful
as a reference and for practice and can help improve your knowledge.