English Vocabulary in Use by Stuart Redman – Book Review

English Vocabulary in Use Pre-intermediate and Intermediate Book with Answers and Enhanced eBook: Vocabulary Reference and Practice 4th Edition


Grammar, vocabulary, listening, and pronunciation are all necessary for foreign learners of English.  However, vocabulary provides the building blocks of language; the student will need to learn at least two thousand words before having a basic comprehension of English.  English Vocabulary in Use: Pre-Intermediate & Intermediate covers the essential vocabulary; therefore, it is a valuable resource for learners at the intermediate level.

English Vocabulary in Use is book two of a four-book set.  The other two are Vocabulary in UseElementary by Michael McCarthy; English Vocabulary in Use: Upper; and Vocabulary in Use: Advanced by Michael McCarthy for different levels of students of English.

English Vocabulary in Use Pre-intermediate & Intermediate is primarily designed as a self-study reference and practice text. However, teachers can use this book for classroom work.  The new edition has been fully revised and updated to ensure that the vocabulary presented is current and relevant.

English Vocabulary in Use Pre-intermediate & Intermediate:

  • One hundred easy-to-use units: The left-hand page presents and explains vocabulary with a range of follow-up activities on the right-hand pages.
  • Presents and explains new words in context and shows learners how to use them and how to work out rules for using them.
  • Based on a corpus of real written and spoken language to ensure the  vocabulary is relevant and up-to-date
  • It contains a comprehensive, student-friendly answer key.
  • Includes a detailed index with phonemic transcriptions to help with the pronunciation of difficult vocabulary.
  • Is beautifully illustrated in full color

About the book

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Sample from the book – click to enlarge

The second in the family of best-selling vocabulary reference and practice books from elementary to advanced level. The vocabulary is presented and contextualized on left-hand pages with practice activities on facing right-hand pages.

This book is primarily designed as a self-study reference and practice text, but it can also be used for classroom work.

This fourth edition has been fully revised to ensure that the vocabulary presented is current and relevant. It is beautifully illustrated in full color and contains 100 units. This edition ‘with answers’ is ideal for self-study.


Topics covered in the book include:

  • Learning
  • Word formation
  • Phrase building
  • Parts of speech (special problems)
  • Connecting and linking
  • The world around us
  • People
  • Daily life
  • Work
  • Leisure and entertainment
  • Communication and technology
  • Social concerns
  • Tourism
  • National concepts
  • Varieties of English
  • Answer key
  • Phonemic symbols
  • Pronunciation problems
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments


Paperback, 263 pages
Published April 28th, 2003 by Cambridge University Press (first published February 28th, 1997)
Original Title: English Vocabulary in Use Pre-intermediate and Intermediate (Vocabulary in Use)
ISBN: 052101171X (ISBN13: 9780521011716)
Edition Language: English
Series: Vocabulary in Use Series


As a self-study guide, students can study at home.  For every page of tuition, there is a page of questions.  The words you need to communicate with confidence. Vocabulary explanations and practice for pre-intermediate and intermediate level (B1) learners of English. Stuart’s book is perfect for both self-study and classroom activities because it quickly expands your vocabulary with 100 units of easy to understand explanations and practice exercises. Also inside the book is a code for an ebook, the ebook is the same as the printed book, but with audio so that you can listen to new words as well as practice reading them correctly. The ebook is online for Windows and Mac users, and can also be downloaded to iPads and Android tablets.

English Vocabulary in Use by Stuart Redman


GoodReads Rating



  • This is a students intermediate self-study guide


  • Only covers intermediate level, you will need the basic and advanced books to complete the set

Aaron Skudder


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    • Thank you for considering English Grammar in Use.  I will follow up with reviews on the other two books for beginners and advanced students.  The intermediate version would probably be suitable for you.

  2. This is a great offer! I’m understanding exactly what your trying to mention and it’s a great post because it has put me in a perspective that its not only for the foreign tongue, but for English speakers as well. Sometimes, I forget what is correct grammar and sometimes I have a hard time pronouncing words. I’ll be taking my chance of this book!

    Thanks so much!

  3. Awesome article,very perfect  and valuable resource for learners in their own comfort zones,Even i believe everyone that needs improvements on vocabulary must have the copy of this wonderful book,as long as its self-study reference and practice text.Any self study and easy to read books are for learning and improvements in vocabulary.Thanks for sharing this article and the means to get the book.

    • Thank you for your comments Abayomi.  I hope you get a chance to have a look at the other reviews on grammar and pronunciation.

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