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English Language and its usage have become extremely emotive issues in recent years. Recurring discussions in the media have highlighted a growing demand for a return to the study of language after decades of neglect.
An Introduction to English Grammar is one of several successful grammars on the linguistics list with the first edition selling extremely well. The book is an introductory descriptive survey, intended for students, teachers and general readers which offers coverage of grammatical topics with sections on spelling, punctuation and exercises.
Clear and concise, this much needed second edition will be of immense value to students who have little or no experience of studying English grammar.
Preface to the Second Edition
1. Rules and Variation
Part I: THE GRAMMAR
2. The Sentence
3. The Parts of the Simple Sentence
4. The Structures of Phrases
5. Word Classes
6. Sentences and Clauses
Part II: THE APPLICATIONS
7. Usage Problems
10. English in Use
A.1 Spelling, pronunciation, and meaning
A.2 Spelling variants
A.3 Spelling rules for short and long vowel sounds
A.6 Other aids to spelling
A.7 Homophones: words pronounced similarly