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I find these books very good references, with the kind of nitty-gritty explanations that most published ELT material now eschews.

Unsolicited comment from Brian Brennan, Language Training Manager, International House Barcelona

A Guide to English Language Usage

Not just a reference book explaining the intricacies of English grammar, but also a source of entertainment for the language-lover, covering numerous areas of the culture of the English-speaking world.

Dr Brian Mott, Barcelona University

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Unsolicited comment by Barrie England on Stack Exchange

I recommend 'The Cambridge Guide to English Usage' and 'Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage' and, specifically for non-native speakers, 'An A-Z of English Grammar and Usage' by Leech and others. Less well-known, but also very helpful, is Peter Harvey’s ‘A Guide to English Language Usage for Non-Native Speakers’.

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Unsolicited customer review on by Magdalena Balibrea Vich

***** An excellent book

Even for people who already have a high level of English, this book offers many nuances and details about small things that sometimes pass unnoticed. The entries are enjoyable and encourage you to keep on reading. I recommend it strongly.

Translated by Peter Harvey from original Spanish See review

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Unsolicited comment by Edward Segura, English teacher at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (Official Language School), Manresa, Spain.

I find this book very useful to answer the questions students ask: the difference between over and above, all and everything. The adverb table is useful.

Every English fact at your fingertips … a more than handy reference tool for all involved in imparting linguistic knowledge on a regular basis. In the author’s alphabetically arranged detailed content one can only admire the spirit of Dr Johnson … it will help out when dealing with potentially awkward customers, or those keen to try out a new teacher. Wayne Trotman, ELGazette, January 2009 (Download full review of earlier edition)

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When you start reading it, you are reminded of Modern English Usage by Fowler; however, in this case Peter Harvey is dealing with the reality of the foreign learner and what that learner wants to know … A Guide to English Language Usage is a good reference book for all of us who are teaching and for advanced students as well. It is worth having in our libraries … It is very practical, having been written by a teacher who knows his trade, and is highly recommendable. Liliana Russo, TESOL Spain Newsletter 34/1, July 2010 See full review of earlier edition (pdf)


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An entertaining and illuminating read … shows a high awareness of learners’ needs – it is clearly written by someone with solid classroom experience … The grammar sections are a strong area of the book … The information provided [on pronunciation] is accurate and relevant … the cultural information as a whole is well-presented, colourful and accurate … [it offers] clear and useful directions for learners … Modern English Teacher, July 2009 See full review of earlier edition (pdf)


Great English Mistakes

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***** Funny and straightforward, fairly simple but useful for basics

I would recommend it especially for beginners. People who are not really beginners could perhaps do without it. It is written in a clear, fresh style, and is amusing.

Translated by Peter Harvey from original Spanish See review

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An easy-to-read and user-friendly book … grammar receives careful attention … may benefit both intermediate and advanced students of English … Teachers of English may also find it useful.

Fernando Chueca, TESOL Spain Newsletter, July 2009 See full review (pdf)

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While [this book] is clearly aimed at the Spanish-speaking learner of English it is also valuable for the teacher of English working in a Spanish-speaking environment … [it highlights] many of the false friends which exist … Translations show the learner what words do, and, equally importantly, do not mean … with a wealth of real-life examples which are sometimes humorous, the book is very readable … There is certainly a gap in the market for such a book … of all the many English language books I have on my bookshelf, this is the only one that has a long waiting list of Spanish-speaking friends wanting to borrow it.

Modern English Teacher, July 2009 See full review (pdf)


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Dear Mr Harvey,

Let me congratulate you on your latest book, it's what every single student of English in Spain needs.

I have just discovered your Great English Mistakes and it's just what I think and experience and do with my own students. Let me explain: 90% of what you explain I have also done in exactly the same way to my students. I have also made a wee compilation of how "my adult learners" learn English as a Foreign language here in Spain, in a work context where English is a second language. Here is a link to the wiki, if you want to have a look. It's still an unfinished project and still fairly general but I got all excited when looking at your explanations and couldn’t but email you at once.

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I would like to mention the book Great English Mistakes made by Spanish Speakers by Peter Harvey from Lavengro Books, which I discovered a few days ago. I find the book very appropriate for [analysing students' needs and correcting mistakes]...You'll never regret it. How Adults Learn English Visit site, scroll down

Pearls of the English Language

This book was published in April 2014 and has not yet been reviewed.