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British or American English? A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns

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ISBN-10: 0521379938

ISBN-13: 9780521379939

Edition: 2006

Authors: John Algeo, John Algeo, Bas Aarts, Susan Fitzmaurice, Richard Hogg

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Speakers of British and American English display some striking differences in their use of grammar. In this detailed survey, John Algeo considers questions such as: *Who lives on a street, and who lives in a street? *Who takes a bath, and who has a bath? *Who says Neither do I, and who says Nor do I? *After 'thank you', who says Not at all and who says You're welcome? *Whose team are on the ball, and whose team isn't? Containing extensive quotations from real-life English on both sides of the Atlantic, collected over the past twenty years, this is a clear and highly organized guide to the differences - and the similarities - between the grammar of British and American speakers. Written for…    
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List price: $58.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276

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Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
British and American as national varieties
Differences between British and American
The basis of this study
Sources of comparative statistics and citations
Conventions and organization of this study
Parts of Speech
Verbs
Derivation
Form
Verb phrases
Functions
Determiners
Definite article
Indefinite article
Possessive construction
No determiner versus some determiner
Predeterminers and postdeterminers
Nouns
Derivation
Form
Function
Names and titles
Genitive constructions
Pronouns
Personal
Impersonal
Demonstrative
Relative
Interrogative
Indefinite
Expletive
Case
Adjectives
Derivation
Frequency and collocation
Comparison
Adjective order
Adverbs
General
Disjuncts
Comparison
Adverb order
Adverbial particles
Qualifiers
Modifying adjectives or adverbs
Modifying prepositional phrases
Modifying comparative structures
Prepositions
Choice of preposition
Omission of any preposition
Omission of the prepositional object
Prepositional phrase versus noun adjunct
Order of numbers with by
Conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions
Interjections
Syntactic Constructions
Complementation
Complementation of verbs
Complementation of nouns
Complementation of adjectives
Complementation of adverbs
Mandative constructions
Mandative present indicative
Mandative past indicative
Expanded predicates
Five "light" verbs in British and American
Modification and complementation of the expanded predicate noun
Other expanded-predicate-like constructions
Concord
Verb and pronoun concord with collective nouns
Verb concord in other problematical cases
Propredicates
Propredicate do
Complements of propredicates
Tag questions
Canonical form
Anomalous forms
Frequency of use
Rhetorical uses
Other forms and uses
Miscellaneous
Focus
Phatic language
Numbers
Dates
Bibliography of British book citation sources
Bibliography of studies, dictionaries, and corpora
Index of words