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Advanced English

English for Work’s Series

Essentials idioms in English

“ Without a working knowledge of idioms, even the best speech will remain awkward and ordinary.”

Robert J. Dixson

Idiomatic expressions have an important role in the English language. In fact, the use of idioms is so widespread that understanding these expressions is essential to successful communication.

The student may learn grammar and, with time, acquire adequate vocabulary, but without a working knowledge of idioms, even the best speech will remain awkward and ordinary.

Idiomatic expressions add grace and exactness to the language. For this reason, the idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations included in this course have been selected because they are, for the most part, basic to good English.

Collocations are words that tend to be used together, not based on rules of grammar, but rather based on traditional patterns of usage by native speakers.

The use of Essential Idioms In English will provide students with a surer grasp of English idioms and greater confidence in using them.

Overall, the Essential Idioms course continues to provide an outstanding comprehensive introductions to idiomatic English for learners at all levels. A great added value to any general conversation course !

Mastering English Usage

You already know English well enough to read a book in it, but you want to know English even better.

It is the purpose of our book to help you to do so. You have a problem. You look it up here. You find a solution to the problem, and use the solution yourself. Your knowledge of English has increased.

  1. Some mistakes are obviously wrong. If you make an obvious mistake, people will try to understand you, but that means more work for them.
  2. Some mistakes are not obviously wrong, and they are even worse. People will assume they know what you mean. They will be misled. The consequences can be serious. It is such a mistake to say You mustn’t come to my party (a prohibition) when you mean You don’t have to come to my party (a choice).

More generally, your USE of English and your UNDERSTANDING of English are connected. The closer your English comes to that of native speakers, the more easily and accurately you will understand them. The better you understand native speakers, the easier it will be for you to remember what THEY say and write as models for what YOU say and write. Better use makes for better understanding. Better understanding makes for better use.

English for Work’s Series

The books in this series present and practise spoken English and practical writing for everyday communication; they feature key words and expressions which will help you in a wide range of work situations. The target language is introduced through short dialogues and texts, and developed in language notes and practice exercises.

Everyday Business Presentation

Business presentations in suitable for anyone who needs to give presentations in the business world, and for students in adult education classes. This course gives language and examples for all stages of a business presentation including the introduction, the main body, talking about statistics and even what to do if you have a problem. The course will help you as you prepare and practise your business presentation.

Everyday Business English

Everyday Business English is suitable for anyone who needs to work in the business world. The book contains a range of language common to all who need to use English in their business lives. Whether you use English in meetings, presentations, on the phone or in emails, you will find language to help you work more effectively in this book.

Everyday Business Writing

The book focuses on everyday business writing, which, in today’s business world, is usually sent by email. The book also contains some examples of other types of writing such as letters, memos, telephone messages and cover notes.

Emails are often short and can be very informal. However, even if email is informal, it should still be accurate, appropriate and easy for the reader to understand. Emails can also be formal – for example when writing to someone for the first time, your email can be just as formal as a letter. There is no standard style for email writing and the book reflects this fact in the range of language presented. One point to note is the use of contractions. Some people tend to use contractions. In more formal letter writing, full forms are recommended; in emails either form is used.