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English Grammar

A Resource Book for Students

By Roger Berry

Routledge – 2012 – 278 pages

Series: Routledge English Language Introductions

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Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

English Grammar:

  • presents the basic concepts and key terms of English grammar in a clear and systematic way
  • encourages readers to evaluate critically the knowledge they already have, particularly in areas that are problematic for them as learners, and to build up and trust their own intuitions about the language
  • uses a range of international authentic texts to illustrate concepts and theories, from sources such as newspapers, novels and academic texts discussing English grammar
  • is accompanied by a companion website featuring audio files of authentic spoken English, and further activities.

Written by an experienced teacher and researcher, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of English language and linguistics.


A rigorous book that guides users from the basics of English grammar to small-scale research projects and gives the opportunity to approach seminal work on linguistics with a critical eye. A sure tool for the emergence of talents among students of English and Linguistics.

Marta Carretero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

I do not doubt that English Grammar will make a superb textbook. Like all previous Routledge English Language Introductions, it provides for horizontal reading and thus allows university teachers to adapt course work to participants’ knowledge, experience and understanding. Written in clear and concise prose, its elucidation is immediate and effortless. It will certainly be a pleasure teaching with this book, which contains a host of excellent examples, explanations and exercises.

Göran Wolf, Technical University Dresden Why do we learn grammar? How can grammar get us out of trouble? Through analyses of authentic texts and jokes, we can find answers in English Grammar. The book provides a useful introduction to the prominent features of English grammar for learners at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Discovery activities throughout the book, including analyses of concordance lines, provide valuable discussion opportunities for learners. The useful comments given by the author after each exercise will prove valuable to those who wish to undertake self-study of English grammar. This book consists of four sections in each chapter, ranging from an introduction to basic terminologies to in-depth discussion of specific grammatical concepts. Those who wish to advance their grammatical knowledge will certainly find the reading extracts taken from different well-known grammarians useful.

Jackie Lee, Hong Kong Institute of Education

A very comprehensive overview of English grammar with novel examples and exercises drawn from various, up-to-date sources. The book is very user friendly, written in an accessible, non technical style, and it will be an invaluable tool both for students and teachers of English language courses.

Marina Kolokonte, University of Kent


A. Introduction 1. Approaches to Grammar 2. Nouns 3. Noun Phrases and Determiners 4. Adjectives, Adverbs and Prepositions 5. Verbs and their Forms 6. Auxiliaries and the Verb Phrase 7. Varying the Verb Phrase 8. Clauses and Clause Elements 9. Types of Sentence 10. Subordinate Clauses 11. Redesigning Sentences 12. Grammar in Speech and Writing B. Development 1. Word Classes 2. Pronouns 3. Articles 4. Types of Adverb 5. The Meanings of Tense and Aspect 6. Modal Auxiliaries 7. Multi-Word Verbs 8. Verb Patterns 9. Clause types 10. Relative clauses 11. Beyond and Beneath the Sentence 12. Reporting C. Exploration 1. Words with Multiple Word-Class Membership 2. Nouns Which Can Both Count and Noncount 3. Usage Problems with Determiners 4. The Comparison of Adjectives 5. Distinguishing –ing and –ed Forms 6. Transitive and Intransitive verbs 7. Ergativity 8. Analysing Clauses 9. Exploring Texts (1) 10. Exploring Texts (2) 11. Exploring Texts (3): Putting it all Together 12. Analysing Spoken texts D. Extention 1. What is Grammar? 2. Count and Mass Nouns 3. Determiners: A Class Apart 4. Prepositions and Space 5. Future Time – A Summary 6. Hedging and Boosting 7. Words and Phrases 8. Semantic Roles of the Subject 9. Speech Acts 10. Conditionals 11. Subject, Actor, Theme 12. Grammar in the Construction of Online Discussion Messages

Author Bio

Roger Berry teaches English Grammar and Applied Linguistics at Lingnan Univeristy in Hong Kong.

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