Basic American Grammar and Usage An ESL/EFL Handbook

ISBN-10: 0764133586
ISBN-13: 9780764133589
Edition: 2006 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)
Authors: Marcel Danesi
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Many students of English as a second language are daunted by the complexities of English grammar and its terminology. This user-friendly book was written especially for them. The emphasis here is on practical use of written and spoken American-style English, rather than on theory. The first of the books 15 chapters explains different kinds of sentencesaffirmative, negative, and interrogative, as well as clauses and phrases that are component parts of many sentences. Several chapters that follow focus on different parts of speech, describing their uses in verbal and written communication. The books later chapters discuss vocabulary, standard protocols in conversational speech, and modes of expression, such as preferences and dislikes. A separate chapter presents guidelines for composing letters, e-mails, rsums, and other written forms. Short quizzes for self-testing appear throughout the text, with answers given at the back of the book.

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He has authored and co-authored many books on learning Italian and Spanish, including Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way (Barron's).

Prefacep. v
Sentencesp. 1
What Is a Sentence?p. 1
Affirmative Sentencesp. 5
Negative Sentencesp. 8
Interrogative Sentencesp. 10
Clauses and Phrasesp. 15
Typical Sentence Errorsp. 20
Nounsp. 22
What Are Nouns?p. 22
Genderp. 28
Numberp. 31
Nouns as Modifiersp. 37
Affixesp. 39
Compound Nounsp. 41
Determinersp. 44
What Are Determiners?p. 44
Articlesp. 46
Demonstrativesp. 51
Possessivesp. 53
Quantifiersp. 56
Adjectives and Adverbsp. 62
What Are Descriptive Adjectives?p. 62
Adjectival Constructionsp. 65
What Are Adverbs?p. 66
Comparisonp. 71
Pronounsp. 75
Demonstrative and Possessive Pronounsp. 75
Personal Pronounsp. 77
Reflexive and Reciprocal Pronounsp. 81
Relative Pronounsp. 83
Indefinite and Impersonal Pronounsp. 87
Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjectionsp. 92
What Are Prepositions?p. 92
Two Tricky Prepositionsp. 104
What Are Conjunctions?p. 106
What Are Interjections?p. 110
Other Joining Wordsp. 112
Interrogatives and Negativesp. 116
What Are Interrogativesp. 116
What Are Negatives?p. 122
Negative Prefixesp. 127
Verbsp. 130
The Simple Presentp. 130
The Present Perfectp. 135
The Simple Past (Preterit)p. 139
The Pluperfectp. 143
The Imperativep. 145
The Progressive Tensesp. 147
Reflexive and Indefinite Verbsp. 154
Modal Verbs: the Future, the Conditional, and the Passivep. 160
What Are Modal Verbs?p. 160
The Future and the Conditionalp. 168
The Passive Voicep. 171
Phrasal and Idiomatic Verbsp. 176
What Are Phrasal and Idiomatic Verbs?p. 176
Constructions with Do and Gop. 180
Constructions with Look, Have, and Stayp. 185
Constructions with Getp. 188
Basic Vocabularyp. 193
Numbers and Measurementp. 193
Telling Timep. 197
Datesp. 200
The Weather and Directionsp. 203
Synonyms and Antonymsp. 205
Suffixes and Commonly Confused Wordsp. 208
Basic Conversationp. 212
What Is a Conversation?p. 212
Starting and Ending Conversationsp. 213
Other Common Expressionsp. 216
Basic Modes of Expressionp. 219
Expressing Likes, Dislikes, and Preferencesp. 219
Miscellaneous Expressionsp. 222
Expressions with Be and Takep. 225
Written Communicationp. 230
Correspondencep. 230
Punctuation, Capitalization, and Spellingp. 232
Online Communicationp. 239
Resumesp. 244
This and Thatp. 247
Dependent Clausesp. 247
Quoted and Reported Speechp. 252
Variationp. 255
Answersp. 259
Irregular Verbsp. 305
Indexp. 328
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