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?! Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 22:16
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    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.
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    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 8:26
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    "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. Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 12:36
  • Is there one right answer? No, it's based on opinion.
    – user10893
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 18:53
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    What about english.stackexchange.com/questions/1482/… ? 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. Commented Jan 5, 2012 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.

  • 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
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 8:54
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    The 'Cambridge Grammar of English' is not the CGEL, as you will see if you follow the link. Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 16:14

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