Introduction to English Grammar

ISBN-10: 1405874120
ISBN-13: 9781405874120
Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

An introductory descriptive survey, intended for for students, teachers and general readers, which offers coverage of grammatical topics with sections on spelling, punctuation and exercises.

Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
What is grammar?
Grammar and other aspects of language
Grammars of English
National and regional varieties
Standard English and non-standard English
Variation according to use
Descriptive rules and prescriptive rules
Why study grammar?
How this book is organised
The Grammar
The Parts of a Simple Sentence
How we analyse sentences: Structure, form, and function
Subject, predicate, and verb
The operator
Do, Be, and Have
Subject and verb
Subject
Transitive verbs and direct object
Direct object and indirect object
Direct object and object complement
Linking verbs and subject complement
Intransitive verbs and adverbials
Adverbial complement
The meanings of the sentence elements
The basic sentence structures
Exercises
Word Classes
Open and closed classes
Word classes and word uses
Nouns
Noun classes
Number
Genitives
Main Verbs
Regular verbs and irregular verbs
Classes of irregular verbs
Auxiliary Verbs
The passive auxiliary
The progressive auxiliary
The perfect auxiliary
Modal auxiliaries
The meanings of the modals
Adjectives
Attributive adjectives and predicative adjectives
Gradability and comparison
Adverbs
The meanings of adverbs
Gradability and comparison
Pronouns
Personal pronouns
Possessive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Demonstrative pronouns
Reciprocal pronouns
Interrogative pronouns
Relative pronouns
Indefinite pronouns and numerals
Pronoun one
Determiners
Central determiners
Predeterminers
Postdeterminers
The articles and reference
Prepositions
Conjunctions
Exercises
The Structures of Phrases
The phrase types
Noun Phrases
Central determiners
Premodifiers
Postmodifiers
Relative clauses
Appositive clauses
Coordination of noun phrases
Noun phrase complexity
Functions of noun phrases
Verb Phrases
The forms of main verbs
Tense, person, and number
Aspect
Voice
Expressing future time
The ordering of auxiliaries
Finite and non-finite verb phrases
Mood
Phrasal verbs
Adjective Phrases
Functions of adjective phrases
Adverb Phrases
Functions of adverb phrases
Prepositional Phrases
Functions of prepositional phrases
Exercises
Sentences and Clauses
Sentence types
Declaratives
Questions
Imperatives
Exclamatives
Active sentences and passive sentences
Positive sentences and negative sentences
Simple sentences and complex sentences
Compound sentences
Subordinate clauses
Non-finite clauses and verbless clauses
Functions of subordinate clauses
There structures
Cleft sentences
Anticipatory it
Exercises
The Applications
Common Usage Problems
Subject-Verb Agreement
And, or, nor
With
Collective nouns
Indefinite pronouns
Quantity phrases
Singular nouns ending in -s
Who, which, that
What
There is, There are
Citations and titles
Case
Subject Complement
Coordinated phrases
After as and than
After but
After let
Who, whom
Case with -ing clauses
Verbs and Auxiliaries
Problems with auxiliaries
Lie, lay
Present tense
Past tense and the -ed participle
Past tense and the past subjunctive
Multiple negation
Adjectives and Adverbs
Confusion between adjectives and adverbs
Comparison
Only
Dangling modifiers
Exercises
Style in Writing
Emphasis
End-focus
Front-focus
There-structures and cleft sentences
Parenthetic expressions
Clarity
End-weight
Misplaced expressions
Abstract nouns
Modifiers in noun phrases
Subordination
Parallelism
Repeated sounds
Pronoun reference
Consistency
Pronoun agreement
Tense consistency
Exercises
English in Use
Register variation
Spoken English and written English
The language of conversation
Unscripted speeches
Sports commentaries
Email English
Chatroom English
Text Messages
The language of literature
Foregrounding
Ambiguity
Exercises
Punctuation
Punctuation rules
Sentence fragments and fragmentary sentences
Run-on sentences and comma splices
Coordinated main clauses
Direct speech
Citations
Questions
Restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses
Restrictive and non-restrictive apposition
Adverbial clauses
Vocatives and interjections
Using commas to avoid misunderstanding
Genitives of nouns
Genitives of pronouns
Exercises
Spelling
Spelling, pronunciation, and meaning
Spelling variants
Spelling rules for short and long vowel sounds
Suffixes
Prefixes
Other aids to spelling
Homophones: Words pronounced similarly
Exercises
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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