Introducing English Grammar

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Introducing English Grammar introduces readers to the methodology and terminology needed to analyse English sentences. The approach taken is in line with current research in grammar, a particular advantage for students who may go on to study syntax in more depth. All the examples and exercises use real language taken from both standard and non-standard geographical areas and dialects, and include excerpts from Australian and British newspaper articles. Students are encouraged to think about the terminology as a tool kit for studying language and to test what can and cannot be described using these tools.

This new edition has been fully updated and features:

    • an expanded introduction;
    • new texts and exercises that include data from social media;
    • revised material on 'Grammar at work' and 'English worldwide';
    • more suggestions for further reading at the end of the book;

    • updated online resources with extensive further reading and answers to the exercises, which can be found at

Written for readers with no previous experience of grammatical analysis, Introducing English Grammar is suited to anyone beginning a study of linguistics, English language or speech pathology, as well as to students whose interests are primarily literary but who need a better understanding of the structure of English.


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Preface to the third edition
The structure of sentences
The words of English
Functions within the clause
Different sentence types
The verb phrase
The noun phrase
Beyond the sentence
Grammar at work
English worldwide
References and further reading

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Common terms and phrases

About the author (2019)

Kersti Börjars is Professor of Linguistics at The University of Manchester, UK.

Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics at Monash University, Australia.

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