A practical English Grammar



A practical English Grammar
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr; 2nd Edition | 1970 | ISBN: N/A | English | DJVU | 228 pages | 2.34 mb

This book deals with the construction of English from elementary to advanced level and is intended for intermediate and advanced students of English as a foreign language. Though written chiefly for adults it is suitable also for senior forms in schools. It is hoped also that teachers of English as a foreign language may find it useful as a reference book.
Special features of the book are:
1 A very comprehensive index, which should make this Grammar easy to use as a book of reference.
2 A very careful and detailed treatment of those points which students of English find particularly difficult, e.g. auxiliary verbs, the use of the present perfect and simple past tenses, the difference between certain similar words such as *during' and 'for', c.
3 A new treatment of the future.
4 Indication where necessary of the difference between ordinary conversational usage and strict grammatical form.
5 A list of over 300 of the more important of the verb preposition/adverb combinations (e.g. give up, take off, c.).
6 A chapter on spelling rules.
7 The use of the simplest possible English for all explanations so as to present the minimum difficulty to students who have not yet learned to read English easily.
8 Copious examples in good modern English.
Those using this Grammar as a textbook are warned that it is not a graded course, and that the chapters are not presented in order of difficulty. Difficult sections may therefore be met with in any part of the book, and intermediate students may prefer to omit these on the first reading. It is not, of course, necessary to study the chapters in the order given.
here are six booklets of exercises based on this grammar. The exercises are graded and can be had with or without key.
Certain sections, e.g. the conditional, the gerund, the passive, participles and indirect speech, have been expanded so as to present a clearer and more compre­hensive picture of each structure. Various other additions have also been made which we hope will be of assistance to teachers and students using this book. The paragraph structure of the first edition has been retained as far as possible.
About the AuthA. J. Thomson was born in Ireland and educated in Trinity College at Dublin University. She has taught English in a Polish school, in Spain and in an ILEA College for adults in London. Agnes V. Martinet was born and educated in Edinburgh and gained an MA in Languages from Edinburgh University. She has taught English to adults from various nationalities in the UK, and taught English in Spain for two years.



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