Essential English Grammar

Author: Simpson, R.
Publisher: Teach Yourself
Levels: Other ()



Writing and, to some extent, speaking English depend on an understanding of how the language works. However, the rules of English have always been subject to change, though usually very slow change, and scholars are constantly trying to define the rules in different ways and invent new terminology. Because of this it isn't always easy to refer to some established set of rules that everyone accepts. Certainly, if you look at an old grammar book, you will find that much has changed, less in the language itself than in our ways of defining it.


For this reason among others, this book aims to be descriptive rather than prescriptive, to describe what is perceived as good English in the early 21st century rather than presenting a set of rules like the Ten Commandments. However, it's not a case of anything goes. Acceptable English usage requires an understanding of the roles of parts of speech, especially nouns and verbs, and the first half of the book is devoted to that. The second half moves on to the ways in which such parts of speech can be grouped together to form sentences as well as giving helpful advice on such issues as gender and the vexed questions of spelling and punctuation.


Essential English Grammar

Paperback
ISBN: 9781444105971
Publisher: Teach Yourself
Author: Simpson, R.
Publication Date: Aug 2010
Levels: Other
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