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2nd Edition

English Grammar
A Resource Book for Students

ISBN 9781138243453
Published April 25, 2018 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

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:

  • provides a wide-ranging introduction to English grammar, drawing on a variety of international authentic texts, including newspapers, novels and academic texts, to help learners understand concepts and theories in more depth;
  • is written in clear, concise prose in order to present basic concepts and key terms in an accessible way to learners with little or no background in grammar instruction;
  • emphasises the autonomy of the learner through activities and exercises which are suited to both native speakers and learners of English alike;
  • includes a selection of readings from key academics in the field including Michael Halliday, Michael McCarthy, Caroline Coffin and John Sinclair.

Drawing on the strengths of the original textbook, this second edition features: new readings from Christian Jones, Daniel Waller and Thomas E. Payne; revised questions, suggestions and issues to consider; and a brand new companion website featuring interactive audio files of authentic spoken English, links to further reading and new grammar tasks.

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

Table of Contents




How to use this book

Contents cross-referenced

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A1 Approaches to grammar

A2 Nouns

A3 Noun phrases and determiners

A4 Adjectives, adverbs and prepositions

A5 Verbs and their forms

A6 Auxiliaries and the verb phrase

A7 Varying the verb phrase

A8 Clauses and clause elements

A9 Types of sentence

A10 Subordinate clauses

A11 Redesigning sentences

A12 Grammar in speech and writing



B1 Word classes

B2 Pronouns

B3 Articles

B4 Types of adverb

B5 The meanings of tense and aspect  

B6 Modal auxiliaries

B7 Multi-word verbs

B8 Verb patterns

B10 Relative clauses

B9 Clause types

B11 Beyond and beneath the sentence

B12 Reporting



C1 Words with multiple word-class membership

C2 Nouns which can be both count and noncount

C3 Usage problems with determiners

C4 The comparison of adjectives

C5 Distinguishing -ing and -ed forms

C6 Verbs which can be transitive and intransitive

C7 Ergativity

C8 Analysing clauses

C9 Exploring texts (1)

C10 Exploring texts (2)

C11 Exploring texts (3): putting it all together

C12 Analysing spoken texts



D1 What is grammar?

D2 Count and mass nouns

D3 Determiners: a class apart

D4 Prepositions and space

D5 Expressing future time

D6 Hedging and boosting

D7 Words and phrases

D8 Semantic roles of the subject

D9 Speech acts

D10 Conditionals

D11 Subject, actor, theme

D12 Grammar in the construction of online discussion messages


Sources of texts used


Index of terms and concepts

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Dr Roger Berry has taught EFL and lectured in Applied Linguistics in several countries in Europe and Asia, and has taught courses in English Grammar for more than 20 years.

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