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English: An Essential Grammar

2nd Edition

By Gerald Nelson


182 pages

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Paperback: 9780415582964
pub: 2010-10-21
Hardback: 9780415582957
pub: 2010-10-21

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English: An Essential Grammar is a concise and user-friendly guide to the grammar of modern English, written specifically for native speakers and based on genuine samples of contemporary spoken and written English.

In the first four chapters, this book covers the essentials of English grammar, beginning with the basics and going on to deal with phrase, clause and sentence structure. A fifth chapter deals with English word formation and spelling, including problem spellings and British and American spelling variants.

Features include:

  • discussion of points that often cause problems
  • guidance on sentence building and composition
  • practical spelling guidelines
  • explanation of grammatical terms
  • a set of exercises at the end of each chapter
  • appendix of irregular verbs.

With numerous language examples bringing grammar to life, this Essential Grammar will help you read, speak and write English with greater confidence. It is ideal for everyone who would like to improve their knowledge of English grammar.

Gerald Nelson is Professor in the English Department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and formerly Reader in the Department of English Language and Literature, University College London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. The basic sentence elements 2. Words and word clauses EXERCISES 3. Phrases EXERCISES 4. Sentences and clauses EXERCISES 5. Word formation and spelling ANSWERS TO EXERCISES APPENDIX: English Irregular Verbs. Glossary of terms. Further reading. Index

About the Series

Routledge Essential Grammars

Essential Grammars describe clearly and succinctly the core rules of each language and are up-to-date and practical reference guides to the most important aspects of languages used by contemporary native speakers. They are designed for elementary to intermediate learners and present an accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use today.
Essential Grammars are a reference source for the learner and user of the language, irrespective of level, setting out the complexities of the language in short, readable sections that are clear and free from jargon.
Essential Grammars are ideal either for independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General