An Introduction to the Grammar of English
It has been eight years since "An Introduction to the Grammar of English" was first published. The second edition is completely revised and greatly expanded, especially where texts, example sentences, exercises, and cartoons are concerned. It continues to provide a very lively and clearly written textbook. The book introduces basic concepts of grammar in a format which inspires the reader to use linguistic arguments. The style of the book is engaging and examples from poetry, jokes, and puns illustrate grammatical concepts. The focus is on syntactic analysis and evidence. However, special topic sections contribute sociolinguistic and historical reasons behind prescriptive rules such as the bans on split infinitives, dangling participles, and preposition stranding. The book is written for undergraduate students and structured for a semester-long course. It provides exercises, keys to those exercises, and sample exams. It also includes a comprehensive glossary. A basic website will be kept up at http: //www.public.asu.edu/ gelderen/grammar.htm.
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Functions in the sentence
More functions of prepositions and particles
The structure of the verb group VGP in the VP
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adjective AdjP Adv-ial adverb affix auxiliary verbs brackets C S that NP called Chapter commas complement clauses complex transitive copula CP C S degree adverb determiner direct object discussed ditransitive Draw a tree Draw trees dummy embedded clause examples Figure finite clauses finite verb function inside grammatical categories head indicate instance intransitive King Features Syndicate language lexical categories lexical verb look main clause meaning modal modifiers and complements namely nice node non-finite clauses non-finite Verb non-restrictive RC noun NP D N NP VP occur optional passive auxiliary past participle past tense phrasal verbs phrase plural prepositional object prepositional verbs prescriptive rules present participle Pron pronominalized question relative clauses Section shows sister speakers special topic split infinitive subject predicate Table transitive verb tree structure ungrammatical unicorns Verb Group VP V NP walk