Real Grammar: A Corpus-Based Approach to English

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Real Grammar uses the latest corpus research to show how 50 grammatical structures are used in speech and writing. This focus on authentic usage helps students move past traditional grammar texts and use English more like native speakers.

  • Real Grammar focuses on the appropriate use of the target structure in four different registers (conversations, fiction, newspaper, and academic writing), with special emphasis on conversation vs. academic writing.
  • Rich activities varying from contextualized exercises to discovery and analysis help learners understand and use the target grammar.
  • Fifty independent units provide flexibility for both teachers and students. The unit can be taught in any order and fit any curriculum.
  • Speech and writing icons clearly identify the skill focus in each unit and allow teachers and students to focus on individualized teaching and learning goals.
  • “Be Careful” points emphasize how to avoid typical errors and help students quickly improve their speaking and writing.

Real Grammar is an essential tool for students to study English as it is used in the real world of conversation, fiction, newspaper, and academic writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135155875
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,270,291
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


UNIT 1 Did you want more coffee?

Simple Past Tense in Polite Offers

UNIT 2 He’s looking at me…

Progressive Verbs vs. Simple Verbs

UNIT 3 Studies have shown…

Discovery verbs and Existence Verbs


UNIT 4 I didn’t get a chance…

Meaning of Get

UNIT 5 Did you have fun today?

Meaning of Have + Noun Phrase

UNIT 6 It really made a difference…

Meaning to Make + Noun Phrase

UNIT 7 Let’s take a look at it

Meaning of Take + Noun Phrase

UNIT 8 I felt good about it

Linking Verbs

UNIT 9 Tell me that story

Verbs with Two Objects

UNIT 10 Reports suggest that…

Action Verbs with inanimate Subjects


UNIT 11 I might go to Japan

Possibility Modals

UNIT 12 A compromise must be reached

Necessity Modals


UNIT 13 Come on!

Phrasal Verbs

UNIT 14 I can’t think of his name now

Verb + Preposition

UNIT 15 I have to get out of here

Three-Word Phrasal Verbs


UNIT 16 No significant difference was found

Passive Voice

UNIT 17 The accident was caused by failure of

Passive with a By-Phrase

UNIT 18 Further details can be found in

Passive Verb + Preposition


UNIT 19 That’s an important thing to know

The Nouns People and Thing

UNIT 20 I love fitness and stuff like that

Imprecise Noun Phrases

UNIT 21 The chair of the committee

Nonsexist Language Choices

UNIT 22 The introduction of technology

The Definite Article

UNIT 23 Yeah, that’s right!

The Pronouns This and That


UNIT 24 He did a nice job

The Adjectives Good and Nice

UNIT 25 Do this quick

Adjective and Adverb Choices

UNIT 26 That’s pretty weird

Amplifiers and Downtoners

UNIT 27 Women are different from men

Adjective + Preposition

UNIT 28 It looks pretty awful though

Though and Anyway

UNIT 29 Finally, on the negative side…


UNIT 30 It would thus appear that …

Position of Transitions


UNIT 31 I don’t think it will be a problem

Verb + Noun Clause for Uncertainty

UNIT 32 I think I can find it

Deletion of That in Noun Clauses

UNIT 33 She seemed to like him a lot

Verb + infinitive

UNIT 34 We couldn’t stop laughing

Verb + Gerund

UNIT 35 This is happens

Be + Noun Clause

UNIT 36 It is possible that

That-Clauses or Infinitive Phrases for Attitudes


UNIT 37 …and she goes oh don’t worry

Reporting What Someone Said

UNIT 38 The authors argue that…

Reporting What Someone Wrote


UNIT 39 Evidence for life on Mars

Modifiers in Noun Phrases

UNIT 40 Voter registration procedures

Adjectives and Nouns to Modify a Noun

UNIT 41 A question which is often asked

Adjective Clauses and Relative Pronoun Choice

UNIT 42 That’s the way I look at it

Adjective Clauses with Adverb Meaning

UNIT 43 Is there anything I can do?

Pronoun Modified by Adjective Clauses

UNIT 44 I’ve got a lot to do

Noun + Infinitive

UNIT 45 The approach used in nursing

Adjective Phrases

UNIT 46 A number of reasons

Prepositional Phrases Modifying Nouns

UNIT 47 He saluted me, which I enjoyed

Adjective Clauses That Modify Sentences


UNIT 48 Well, I better get going

Discourse Markers

UNIT 49 Me too.

Incomplete Sentences

UNIT 50 The stuff I thought you could use

Complex Grammar in Conversation

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