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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521171873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521171878
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'As a teacher of English linguistics myself, what I find of particular value in this book is that each section is supplemented by a range of imaginative exercises and activities to engage students and make accessible the detailed description it provides.' Barbara Seidlhofer, University of Vienna

'It is remarkable how effortlessly this book moves from a very basic to a very complex level, making it suitable for both A-level and undergraduate students.' Georg Marko, University of Graz

'An easy introduction to English grammar, with plenty of activities and exercises to help beginners to gain confidence, and a healthy balance of fact, analysis and understanding.' Richard Hudson, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University College London

'For the chemist we have the 'periodic table', for the mathematician 'numbers', but perhaps the greatest game of them all is what we find in 'words'. Here's the playbook.' Joseph Galasso, California State University, Northridge

'This textbook is a hands-on inductive introduction to the basic morphological and syntactic structures of English, written in a very reader-friendly style. It does not presuppose any previous linguistic knowledge but builds it up systematically by involving the reader in plenty of analytical exercises. It is therefore a perfect tool for introductions to English grammar, either to be used as a textbook in class or for self-study.' Dieter Kastovsky, University of Vienna

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Hands-on, theory-neutral and non-technical, this textbook is a basic introduction to the structure of English words and sentences. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistic analysis, it presents the facts in a straightforward manner and offers a step-by-step guide from small to large building blocks of language.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lullaby68 on 9 Feb. 2014
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I had studied grammar before and had to buy this book for Uni. It is unclear, not precise, with terrible examples ('this hot bike is so fast that it may cause my soul to reincarnate.'(11) Seriously what is that??). The authors address the reader as if he was a 5 year-old, repeat three times uninteresting or irrelevant things but do not give precisions or useful definitions on the interesting points. I am not so sure about the reliability of some statements either ('To the great annoyance of learners of English, there are also about fifty irregular English verbs.' (27) As a "learner of English" myself, I learnt about 300 of them, but 50 is good too, I guess…).
Anyway, if you're looking for a clear and interesting English grammar, save £18 and search somewhere else.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on 13 Oct. 2014
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