What's New

• With audio for the pronunciation discussed in the text.
• Support for iOS 8 added.
• Support for iOS 6 removed.
• In this update, the user interface has been improved.
• Bug fixes.

App Description

Practical English Usage is a world bestseller and a vital reference tool that helps teachers and higher-level learners with common language problems in English. It is now available as an app, making it quicker and easier to look up the 600+ entries. The app has been developed by Oxford University Press, the world’s most authoritative English-language reference publisher, working together with Paragon Software Group, a leading software developer for mobile devices.

Practical English Usage provides instant answers to questions about the English language which both native and non-native speakers of English find difficult to explain: When do we use a past tense with a future meaning? When and why do English speakers use 'the'? Do I say 'big', 'large', or 'great'? What exactly is the difference between 'close' and 'shut'? How do I read out an email address?

The Practical English Usage app:
• Deals with spoken and written grammar, vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and differences between formal and informal language.
• Contains over 600 indexed entries covering all the important problems for learners of English.
• Offers clear simple explanations with corpus-based examples.
• Includes notes on background topics such as letters and emails, politeness, standardisation and dialect grammar, the meaning of 'correctness', differences between spoken and written English, and changes in English.
• Covers differences between British and American English.

You can:
• Access entries through the very complete Index, either by scrolling through the list or by keying in the language point you want to look up – e.g. future, conditionals, 'have'.
• Browse through the thematically-organised Contents Overview and the A-Z list of entries.
• Navigate immediately between related entries through the many cross-references.
• Create your own list of favourite entries.
• Go to ‘History’ to view your recent searches.

You can use the Practical English Usage app together with the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary app (version 3.10 or later) to look up words. Just tap on a word in Practical English Usage to bring up the dictionary entry.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • April 26, 2015 Price increase: $27.99 -> $39.99
  • April 14, 2015 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $27.99
  • January 14, 2015 Price decrease: $42.99 -> $39.99
  • January 04, 2015 Price increase: $40.99 -> $42.99
  • December 02, 2014 Price increase: $19.99 -> $40.99
  • December 01, 2014 Price decrease: $40.99 -> $19.99
  • October 08, 2014 New version 1.1
  • April 07, 2014 Price increase: $25.99 -> $40.99
  • April 01, 2014 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $25.99
  • January 05, 2014 Price increase: $22.99 -> $39.99
  • December 21, 2013 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $22.99
  • April 16, 2013 Price increase: $19.99 -> $39.99
  • April 07, 2013 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $19.99
  • January 31, 2013 New version 1.02
  • January 01, 2013 Price increase: $29.99 -> $39.99
  • December 20, 2012 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $29.99
  • December 18, 2012 New version 1.01
  • November 04, 2012 Initial release