Cambridge Grammar of English: A Comprehensive Guide

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From the world's leading grammar publisher, the Cambridge Grammar of English is a 'must-have' for any serious learner or user of the English language. Using ground-breaking language research, it offers clear explanations of spoken and written English based on real everyday usage. Over 7,000 examples of English grammar illustrated, User-friendly, two-part structure covers grammar and usage, The most comprehensive coverage of spoken and written English, Special focus on difficult language areas and guidance on avoiding common mistakes, Differences between British and American English clearly explained.

The Cambridge Grammar of English gives you answers to these and hundreds of similar questions: Which is more frequent, (s)he isn't or (s)he's not? How do you disagree politely in English? What is the difference between made of, made from, made with and made out of? Should you write 1960's or 1960s? When does the past tense refer to the present, and when does the present tense refer to the past? Is absolutely more frequent in written or spoken English?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521588461
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Grammar of English Series
  • Pages: 984
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Cambridge Grammar of English     1
From word to grammar: an A-Z     5
Spoken language
Introduction to grammar and spoken English     82
From utterance to discourse     92
From discourse to social contexts     104
Grammar and discourse
Grammar across turns and sentences     123
Grammar and academic English     140
Word and phrase classes
Introduction to word classes and phrase classes     155
The noun phrase     167
Nouns and determiners     176
Pronouns     197
Verb phrase 1: structure of verb phrases     213
Verb phrase 2: tense and aspect     217
Types of verb     227
Adjectives and adverbs
Adjectives and adjective phrases     236
Adverbs and adverb phrases     242
Prepositions and particles
Prepositions and prepositional phrases     250
Word formation
Word structure and word formation     258
Sentence and clause patterns
Introduction to sentences and clauses     269
Verb complementation     281
Clause types     290
Clause combination     304
Adjuncts     319
Present time     338
Past time     346
Future time     361
Notions and functions
Modality     377
Speech acts     408
Questions     424
Negation     434
Condition     448
Comparison     460
Information packaging
Word order and focus     472
The passive     476
Speech representation     488
Word clusters and grammar     503
Punctuation     506
English spelling     507
Numbers     512
Referring to the time     526
Units of measurement     527
Nationalities, countries and regions     528
Irregular verbs     529
North American English grammar     530
Glossary     539
Bibliography     540
Index     541
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