A communicative grammar of English
A Communicative Grammar of English employs a communicative rather than structural approach to the learning of English grammar. Since the publication of the first edition in 1975, this approach has become widely adopted as an effective and popular method of learning foreign languages. During this time, A Communicative Grammar of English has established itself as a grammar innovative in approach, reliable in coverage, and clear in its explanations. It is now available in this fully revised and redesigned second edition to provide up-to-date and accessible help to teachers, advanced learners and undergraduate students of English.
This new edition has been updated to include more examples, mostly taken from authentic language sources, both written and spoken. Increased emphasis is given to grammar in spoken language, providing a better balance between written and spoken English. Explanations are simple and easy to understand and clear distinctions are made between major and minor points.
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Varieties of English 1516
A note on phonetic symbols 43
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adjectives auxiliary verb called CGEL cleft sentence commands common Compare concord conjunctions construction contrast coordination definite article denoting determiners end-focus English example expressed finite verb formal function genitive grammar indefinite indicate indirect infinitive clause informal interrogative intonation language letters linking verbs look main clause main verb mass nouns meaning modal auxiliaries modifiers negative non-finite clauses non-finite verb non-personal non-restrictive noun phrase nucleus object occur omitted participle passive past tense perfect aspect personal pronouns phrasal verb plural count nouns position prepositional complement prepositional phrase prepositional verbs Proper nouns reference reflexive pronouns relative clauses relative pronoun sentence adverbials someone sometimes speaker speech spoken statement stay stress subclause subject complement subjunctive syllable Tag questions that-clause There's thing time-when to-infinitive clause tone unit types usually verb phrase wh-clause wh-word words writing written yes-no questions