English Vocabulary in Use Upper-Intermediate

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

English vocabulary in use upper intermediateEnglish Vocabulary in Use is a vocabulary book for upper-intermediate and advanced learners of English. The purpose of Micahel and Felicities book is:

  • Self-study book
  • Reference book
  • Practice book
  • Classroom workbook

Michael and Felicity’s book is firmly based on current learning theory; its emphasis is on the practical needs of the learner. It aims not only to present and explain words but to demonstrate how to use them and how to work out rules for using them.

Vocabulary is explained and presented on left-hand pages with a wealth of innovative follow-up activities opposite.

  • 100 units, covering approximately 3,000 new vocabulary items
  • Offers learners the opportunity to consolidate and expand existing vocabulary
  • Promotes invaluable learning techniques
  • Gives study tips and suggests follow-up tasks
  • Contains a comprehensive key with additional helpful comments
  • Includes a detailed index and phonetic transcription

vocabulary in use upper intermediate sample pageThe words you need to communicate with confidence. Vocabulary explanations and practice for upper-intermediate level (B2) learners of English. Perfect for both self-study and classroom activities. Quickly expand your vocabulary with over 100 units of easy to understand explanations and practice exercises. Also, the book has a code for an e-book. The e-book is the same as the printed book, but with audio so that you can listen to new words as well as reading them. The ebook is online for Windows and Mac users. You can download the e-book to iPads and Android tablets.

Basic outline

  • Introduction
  • Word formation
  • Connecting and linking
  • Countable and uncountable
  • Topics
  • Notional concepts
  • Feelings and actions
  • Fixed expressions
  • Phrasal verbs and verb-based expressions
  • Varieties of English
  • Key
  • List of phonetic symbols
  • Index

Product details

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (August 4, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781316631744
ISBN-13: 978-1316631744
ASIN: 1316631745
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 10.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Goodreads rating 4.14 out of 5 stars

English Vocabulary in Use Series​

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4.18 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 1997 — 6 editions
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by Stuart Redman
4.14 avg rating — 211 ratings — published 1994 — 10 editions
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by Michael McCarthy (Goodreads Author), Felicity O’Dell
4.33 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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by Michael McCarthy (Goodreads Author), Felicity O’Dell
4.67 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2005 — 1 edition
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by Michael McCarthy, Felicity O’Dell
3.91 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2004 — 1 edition
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by Stuart Redman, Ruth Gairns
4.27 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions

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  • Seft study guide


  • Not a book to be read cover-to-cover

Aaron Skudder


  1. Thank you for sharing this educative and informative article, English vocabulary is a very interesting topic to treat and even to read about as it contains what we already have familiar and prior knowledge about. This is actually the first time I’m reading about this book and I have a very good feeling about it, I’ll try to get a copy and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed, thanks once again.

  2. Hello Aaron, I must say that this review is very helpful and informative. I am not a native speaker, I know English a little but grammar is not my great side so I need this book. I can see it is not expensive at all compared to its benefits, I will definitely order one for me. Thank you for sharing such a useful book.

  3. Hi Aaron

    It seems to be an interesting book, which I see being use for people who have been residing in an English speaking country for a while and wish to improve their speaking and language abilities. English is known to be a complex language, where spelling and grammar has so many rules, which makes speaking it very difficult. I know that a lot of non-English speakers have trouble  pronouncing some words. Heck, some English speakers have trouble saying some words and hence cannot expect them to get it right. Any book that helps to improve as an individual is a good thing.

    Using modern techniques should help the information stuck in the student’s mind. How do they overcome the problem of practicing with other students, which is a great technique for learning? Talking with other people is difficult to do with a book.



  4. I love reading books, be it eBooks  or printed copies, the only problem I have is selecting what to read, I read only based on suggestions, if I read a review of a book and I like it’s, I’ll make sure to read it. This Self study guide has captivated my attention and I’ll make sure I lay my hands on it. The usage of words is a very important aspect of the English vocabulary. Thanks for sharing this informative article, it’s helpful.

  5. I am not a native English speaker, I am French/Italian. So learning languages was always easier for me cause bilingual people have a greater ability to learn another language. I am pretty fluent in English, but I am always learning. This book and its teaching method seems to be an excellent tool to expand my English vocabulary! Very interesting, Thank you!

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