Understanding English Grammar

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From the publisher

Language is primarily a tool for communication, yet many textbooks still treat English grammar as simply a set of rules and facts to be memorized by rote. This new textbook is made for students who are frustrated with this approach and would like instead to understand grammar and how it works.

Why are there two future tenses in English? What are auxiliaries and why are they so confusing? Why are English motion verbs hard to use? Why are determiners so important in English? These and many other frequently asked questions are answered in this handy guide.

It is the essential grammar toolkit for students of English language and linguistics and future teachers of English as a Second Language.

“A superb introduction to English syntax, its internal variation and typological background, combining rigorous argumentation with a functional approach.” -- Bernard Comrie