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Is there any English grammar book which describe how to talk/write English instead of understand English?

For example instead of detailing all situation where "would/will" is used, describing all different way to talk about past (or now, future, etc.)

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Why this question has been considered off topic and closed?! – Ali Shakiba Jan 4 '12 at 22:16
Please read the FAQ--we don't want open-ended questions here. Further, your question isn't about the English language itself (usage) but rather a subjective question looking for a resource. – simchona Jan 5 '12 at 8:26
"we don't want open-ended questions here" totally arrogant and selfish statement! This question is completely answerable if there is any answer for it. – Ali Shakiba Jan 5 '12 at 12:36
Is there one right answer? No, it's based on opinion. – simchona Jan 5 '12 at 18:53
What about… ? There is no single answer for most of question here because of the nature of topics. But there can be some nearly right answer for this question. – Ali Shakiba Jan 5 '12 at 19:11

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The most comprehensive grammar book for foreign learners of English that I know of is the 'Cambridge Grammar of English'. If you follow the link to the Amazon site, you'll be able to look at the contents and some of the pages to see if it's what you want.

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Thanks, I'm reading sample chapters available online. – Ali Shakiba Jan 5 '12 at 12:39
CGEL is not a grammar for learners. It is academic and theoretical and doesn't convey basic grammar ideas. CGEL is mainly concerned with finesses. How can a grammar of more than 2000 pages be a grammar for learners? The best grammars for non-native learners are not grammars by English authors but school grammars written by authors with the same language as the learner. – rogermue Jun 5 at 8:54
The 'Cambridge Grammar of English' is not the CGEL, as you will see if you follow the link. – Barrie England Jun 5 at 16:14

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