What's New

We have fixed a crash issue reported by some users.

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.

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-informed 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.
• Includes audio for the pronunciation discussed in the text.

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 to look up words. Just tap on a word in Practical English Usage to bring up the dictionary entry.

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App Changes

  • November 04, 2012 Initial release
  • December 18, 2012 New version 1.01
  • December 20, 2012 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $29.99
  • January 01, 2013 Price increase: $29.99 -> $39.99
  • January 31, 2013 New version 1.02
  • April 07, 2013 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $19.99
  • April 16, 2013 Price increase: $19.99 -> $39.99
  • December 21, 2013 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $22.99
  • January 05, 2014 Price increase: $22.99 -> $39.99
  • April 01, 2014 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $25.99
  • April 07, 2014 Price increase: $25.99 -> $40.99
  • October 08, 2014 New version 1.1
  • December 01, 2014 Price decrease: $40.99 -> $19.99
  • December 02, 2014 Price increase: $19.99 -> $40.99
  • January 04, 2015 Price increase: $40.99 -> $42.99
  • January 14, 2015 Price decrease: $42.99 -> $39.99
  • April 14, 2015 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $27.99
  • April 26, 2015 Price increase: $27.99 -> $39.99
  • August 02, 2015 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $27.99
  • September 02, 2015 Price increase: $27.99 -> $39.99
  • November 25, 2015 Price decrease: $39.99 -> $23.99
  • December 12, 2015 Price increase: $23.99 -> $39.99
  • January 04, 2016 Price increase: $39.99 -> $40.99
  • February 27, 2016 Price decrease: $40.99 -> $23.99
  • March 06, 2016 Price increase: $23.99 -> $40.99
  • June 22, 2016 New version 1.2
  • November 05, 2016 New version 1.2.1