An Introduction to English Grammar

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An Introduction to English Grammar by Gerald Nelson, Sidney Greenbaum

An Introduction to English grammar provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of English grammar, and can be used in the classroom, for self-study, or as a reference book. The book is organised in two parts – on grammar and its applications – and provides everything a beginning student needs to get to grips with the theory and practice of English usage, including sections on style, punctuation and spelling. This third edition has been fully revised and updated to include an expanded section on English in Use, usage notes highlighting common errors, updated exercises, a glossary and a companion website with further graded exercises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317863953
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/04/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

The late Sidney Greenbaum was Director of the Survey of English Usage and formerly Quain Professor of English Language and Literature, University College London.

Gerald Nelson is Professor of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Proposed Table of Content

 

Preface to the Third Edition

Acknowledgements

Introduction

 

   i. What is grammar?

   ii. Grammar and other aspects of language

   iii. Grammars of English

   iv. National and regional varieties

   v. Standard English and non-standard English

   vi. Variation according to use

   vii. Descriptive rules and prescriptive rules

   viii. Why study grammar?

   ix. How this book is organised

 

PART 1: THE GRAMMAR

 

Chapter 1. The Parts of a Simple Sentence

   1.1 How we analyse sentences: Structure, form, and function

   1.2 Subject, predicate, and verb

   1.3 The operator

   1.4 Do, Be, and Have

   1.5 Subject and verb

   1.6 Subject

   1.7 Transitive verbs and direct object

   1.8 Direct object and indirect object

   1.9 Direct object and object complement

   1.10 Linking verbs and subject complement

   1.11 Intransitive verbs and adverbials

   1.12 Adverbial complement

   1.13 The meanings of the sentence elements

   1.14 The basic sentence structures

  

   EXERCISES

 

Chapter 2. Word Classes

 

   2.1 Open and closed classes

   2.2 Word classes and word uses

   2.3 NOUNS

   2.4 Noun classes

   2.5 Number

   2.6 Genitives

   2.7 MAIN VERBS

   2.8 Regular verbs and irregular verbs

   2.9 Classes of irregular verbs

   2.10 AUXILIARY VERBS

   2.11 The passive auxiliary

   2.12 The progressive auxiliary

   2.13 The perfect auxiliary

   2.14 Modal auxiliaries

   2.15 The meanings of the modals

   2.16 ADJECTIVES

   2.16 Attributive adjectives and predicative adjectives

   2.17 Gradability and comparison

   2.18 ADVERBS

   2.19 The meanings of adverbs

   2.20 Gradability and comparison

   2.21 PRONOUNS

   2.22 Personal pronouns

   2.23 Possessive pronouns

   2.24 Reflexive pronouns

   2.25 Demonstrative pronouns

   2.26 Reciprocal pronouns

   2.27 Interrogative pronouns

   2.28 Relative pronouns

   2.29 Indefinite pronouns and numerals

   2.30 Pronoun one

   2.31 DETERMINERS

   2.32 Central determiners

   2.33 Predeterminers

   2.34 Postdeterminers

   2.35 The articles and reference

   2.36 PREPOSITIONS

   2.37 CONJUNCTIONS

  

   EXERCISES

 

Chapter 3. The Structures of Phrases

 

   3.1 The phrase types

   3.2 NOUN PHRASES

   3.3 Central determiners

   3.4 Premodifiers

   3.5 Postmodifiers

   3.6 Relative clauses

   3.7 Appositive clauses

   3.8 Coordination of noun phrases

   3.9 Noun phrase complexity

   3.10 Functions of noun phrases

   3.11 VERB PHRASES

   3.12 The forms of main verbs

   3.13 Tense, person, and number

   3.14 Aspect

   3.15 Voice

   3.16 Expressing future time

   3.17 The ordering of auxiliaries

   3.18 Finite and non-finite verb phrases

   3.19 Mood

   3.20 Phrasal verbs

   3.21 ADJECTIVE PHRASES

   3.22 Functions of adjective phrases

   3.23 ADVERB PHRASES

   3.24 Functions of adverb phrases

   3.25 PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES

   3.26 Functions of prepositional phrases

  

   EXERCISES

 

Chapter 4 Sentences and Clauses

 

   4.1 Sentence types

   4.2 Declaratives

   4.2 Questions

   4.3 Imperatives

   4.4 Exclamatives

   4.5 Active sentences and passive sentences

   4.6 Positive sentences and negative sentences

   4.7 Simple sentences and complex sentences

   4.8 Compound sentences

   4.9 Subordinate clauses

   4.10 Non-finite clauses and verbless clauses

   4.11 Functions of subordinate clauses

   4.12 There structures

   4.13 Cleft sentences

   4.14 Anticipatory it

  

   EXERCISES

 

PART 2: THE APPLICATIONS

 

Chapter 5. Common Usage Problems

 

   SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT

      5.1 And, or, nor.

   5.2 With

   5.3 Collective nouns

   5.4 Indefinite pronouns

   5.5 Quantity phrases

   5.6 Singular nouns ending in -s

   5.7 Who, which, that

   5.8 What

   5.9 There is, There are

   5.10 Citations and titles

 

   CASE

   5.11 Subject Complement

   5.12 Coordinated phrases

   5.13 After as and than

   5.14 After but

   5.15 After let

   5.16 Who, whom

   5.17 Case with -ing clauses

 

   VERBS AND AUXILIARIES

   5.17 Problems with auxiliaries

   5.18 Lie, lay

   5.19 Present tense

   5.20 Past tense and the -ed participle

   5.21 Past tense and the past subjunctive

   5.22 Multiple negation

  

   ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS

   5.23 Confusion between adjectives and adverbs

   5.24 Comparison

   5.25 Only

   5.26 Dangling modifiers

 

   EXERCISES

 

Chapter 6 Style in Writing

 

   EMPHASIS

   6.1 End-focus

   6.2 Front-focus

   6.3 There-structures and cleft sentences

   6.4 Parenthetic expressions

 

   CLARITY

   6.5 End-weight

   6.6 Misplaced expressions

   6.7 Abstract nouns

   6.8 Modifiers in noun phrases

   6.9 Subordination

   6.10 Parallelism

   6.11 Repeated sounds

   6.12 Pronoun reference

 

   CONSISTENCY

   6.13 Pronoun agreement

   6.14 Tense consistency

  

   EXERCISES

 

 

Chapter 7. English in Use

 

   7.1 Register variation

   7.2 Spoken English and written English

   7.3 The language of conversation

   7.4 Unscripted speeches

   7.5 Sports c

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