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Essential English Grammar

Is this the right book for me? Essential English Grammar is packed with easy-to-follow explanations and summaries, practical tips on how to avoid common grammar mistakes, interesting facts about the historical and regional use of English and a special section on punctuation. This clear, straightforward guide to modern English grammar will help you to improve your knowledge of the language and perfect your grammar. Essential English Grammar includes: Chapter 1: The history of the English language Chapter 2: Dividing the word: syllables and morphemes Chapter 3: Nouns Chapter 4: Pronouns Chapter 5: Verbs Chapter 6: Modifiers: adjectives and adverbs Chapter 7: Function words: prepositions and conjunctions Chapter 8: Phrases and clauses Chapter 9: Kinds of sentence Chapter 10: Direct and indirect speech Chapter 11: Affixes: prefixes and suffixes Chapter 12: Gender and grammar Chapter 13: Register: formal and informal Chapter 14: Spelling and punctuation Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design: Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book to keep track of your progress. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it. Want to learn more? Why not check out Teach Yourself Languages Online? Over 65 languages all available online from Teach Yourself.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 01 The history of the English language 02 Dividing the word: Syllables and Morphemes 03 Nouns 04 Pronouns 05 Verbs 06 Modifiers: Adjectives and adverbs 07 Function words: Prepositions and Conjunctions 08 Phrases and Clauses 09 Kinds of Sentence 10 Direct and Indirect Speech 11 Affixes:Prefixes and Suffixes 12 Gender and Grammar 13 Register: Formal and Informal 14 Spelling and Punctuation Over to you Answers Glossary Taking it further

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An in-depth guide to the basics of English grammar.

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An in-depth guide to the basics of English grammar.

About the Author

Ron Simpson has an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature and a PGCE from Birmingham University. He taught English for 30 years and, during his teaching career, was Head of English at King's School and Pontefract and Head of Sixth Form at Campsmount School, Doncaster. He has worked with JMB, now NEAB, as Review Panel Member (English GCE/GCSE) and is currently Moderator for the GCSE English/English Literature, GCSE Oral English and Certificate of Achievement English. He has also worked as a reviewer and News/Features Editor of the bi-monthly Jazz Rag magazine almost from its inception.


"Most grammar books either lose themselves in prescriptive (or worse, proscriptive) admonitions, which quickly become outdated or 'quaint', or are so badly laid out and presented that they are consulted only by the truly desperate. Ron Simpson's book, on the other hand, manages to be entertaining, informative and well-structured." * - Customer Review *

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