Grammar for Teachers: A Guide to American English for Native by Andrea DeCapua

By Andrea DeCapua

Updated and revised with extra examples and elevated discussions, this moment variation maintains the purpose of supplying academics with an exceptional realizing of the use and serve as of grammatical constructions in American English. The ebook avoids jargon and offers crucial grammatical buildings in actual fact and concisely. Dr. DeCapua methods grammar from a descriptive instead of a prescriptive perspective, discussing adjustments among formal and casual language, and spoken and written English. The textual content attracts examples from a large choice of genuine fabrics to demonstrate grammatical techniques. the numerous actions through the publication have interaction clients in exploring the several parts of grammar and in contemplating how those parts interact to shape that means. clients are inspired to faucet into their very own, frequently unconscious, wisdom of grammar to consciously observe their wisdom to their very own diversified educating settings. The textual content additionally emphasizes the significance of knowing grammar from the point of view of English language inexperienced persons, an procedure that enables lecturers to raised savor the problems those novices face. particular parts of problems for newcomers of English are highlighted throughout.

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By Andrea DeCapua

Updated and revised with extra examples and elevated discussions, this moment variation maintains the purpose of supplying academics with an exceptional realizing of the use and serve as of grammatical constructions in American English. The ebook avoids jargon and offers crucial grammatical buildings in actual fact and concisely. Dr. DeCapua methods grammar from a descriptive instead of a prescriptive perspective, discussing adjustments among formal and casual language, and spoken and written English. The textual content attracts examples from a large choice of genuine fabrics to demonstrate grammatical techniques. the numerous actions through the publication have interaction clients in exploring the several parts of grammar and in contemplating how those parts interact to shape that means. clients are inspired to faucet into their very own, frequently unconscious, wisdom of grammar to consciously observe their wisdom to their very own diversified educating settings. The textual content additionally emphasizes the significance of knowing grammar from the point of view of English language inexperienced persons, an procedure that enables lecturers to raised savor the problems those novices face. particular parts of problems for newcomers of English are highlighted throughout.

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Multiple adjectives can be found in a sentence such as: He had never seen such a harsh, boring, yet beautiful and magical landscape. The adjectives harsh, boring, beautiful, and magical all describe the noun landscape. The author has chosen to use pairs of opposing adjectives to fix the contradiction of the landscape in the reader’s mind. Other types of adjectives and words that can function as adjectives will be examined more closely in Chap. 4. 3 Verbs The first association many people make with the term “verb” is that of action, as in run, drive, listen, or identify.

28 2 Morphology: Words and Their Parts Discovery Activity 4: To Word Is Human Look at the list below of words. 1. How many of these words do you recognize? 2. For those words you recognize, explain where you have seen and/or heard them. 3. How comfortable do you feel using each word? Explain. ” This is a common occurrence when words become part of everyday vocabulary. The activity also illustrates the creativity of speakers in developing new words and in giving existing words new meaning in response to change.

In other languages, a word is added at the end of a sentence to indicate that it is a question: Chinese Affirmative Statement Question Ni xi huan. ) Ni xi huan ma? ) (c) She’s lived in the country since last year. She’s lived is a contraction for she has lived. This is a verb form that refers to indefinite time or time in the recent past. We will see exactly what this means in Chap. 6 when we examine time, tense, and aspect. (d) I’m about to buy a new car. Compare these two sentences: (a) I am hot.

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