The Grammar Guide: Developing Language Skills for Academic Success / Edition 1

The Grammar Guide: Developing Language Skills for Academic Success / Edition 1

by Nancy M. Ackles
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University of Michigan Press
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The Grammar Guide: Developing Language Skills for Academic Success / Edition 1

The Grammar Guide was written for bilingual and second language English students (including Generation 1.5) who already know a lot of English but who may not have studied a lot of grammar and haven't felt confident in a grammar class. This is an advanced textbook of grammar that explains some of the more difficult but important aspects of grammar that will help students in colleges and universities succeed in their academic work.
Among the grammar points taught are modals, tenses, passive voice, articles, subject-verb agreement, modifiers and comparisons, gerunds and infinitives, adverb clauses, adjective clauses, the subjunctive, conditionals, and participial phrases.
The Grammar Guide also:
develops writing skills, through a focus on grammar and vocabulary increases academic vocabulary using the 800+ words that most frequently appear in academic writing, the Academic Word List stresses collocations, word parts and forms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472088829
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 02/26/2003
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 788,552
Product dimensions: 9.92(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

List of Reference Chartsxv
Chapter 1.Tools for Language Learning1
Parts of Speech1
Chapter 2.Verb Tenses19
Present Tenses21
Past Tenses26
Chapter 3.Modals36
Advisability and Hindsight41
Certainty and Lack of Certainty44
Polite Forms49
Chapter 4.Passive Voice52
Forming Passive Voice Verb Phrases52
Reasons to Use Passive Voice55
Chapter 5.A/an and the60
Count Nouns and Noncount Nouns61
Article Use: Singular Count Nouns65
Article Use: Plurals and Noncount Nouns67
Generic Use of Nouns71
Helpful Guidelines72
Chapter 6.Subject-Verb Agreement78
Troublesome Subjects79
Chapter 7.Modifiers and Comparisons86
Modifiers of Nouns87
Chapter 8.Gerunds and Infinitives100
Make, Let, and Have114
Chapter 9.Parallel Structure116
Using Parallel Structure116
Chapter 10.Subordination and Transition: Adverb Clauses119
Ways to Connect Ideas121
Troublesome Subordinating Conjunctions124
Troublesome Transitional Expressions128
A Few More Troublesome Expressions131
Using Transitional Expressions to Organize an Essay132
Chapter 11.Adjective Clauses136
Subject Adjective Clauses137
Object Adjective Clauses139
Preposition Adjective Clauses143
Restrictive versus Nonrestrictive Adjective Clauses147
Adjective Clauses with Whose148
Other Uses of Which Clauses150
Adjective Clauses with of Which or of Whom150
Chapter 12.Noun Clauses153
Noun Clauses with Question Words153
If Noun Clauses155
That Noun Clauses156
That Noun Clauses versus Noun Clauses with Question Words157
It Sentences with Noun Clauses159
Noun Clauses as Complements160
The Formal Sequence of Tenses for Reported Speech163
Chapter 13.Subjunctive Verb Forms166
Ordinary Conditionals ("Real" Conditionals)166
Hypothetical Conditionals ("Unreal" Conditionals): Present/Future Time169
Hypothetical Conditionals ("Unreal" Conditionals): Past Time172
Hypothetical Conditionals ("Unreal" Conditionals): Mixed Time174
Hidden and Implied Conditionals175
Rare Forms178
Subjunctive Complements179
Chapter 14.Participial Phrases186
Adjectival Participial Phrases187
Time Relationships in Participial Phrases191
Adverbial Participial Phrases194
Other Participial Phrase Forms196
Chapter 15.Readings198
Reading Poetry198
Reading Prose201
AppendixWords from the Academic and University Word Lists211
Answer Key223

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My students find this title approachable and informative. Especially good is the incorporation of the Academic Word List in the content and practice exercises. The discussion questions and writing prompts have produced interesting and engaged conversations. The book is a handy and reliable resource for teachers, too.