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By Lise Fontaine

ISBN-10: 0521190665

ISBN-13: 9780521190664

A realistic step by step advent to the research of English grammar, this publication leaves the reader convinced to take on the demanding situations analysing grammar may well pose. the 1st textbook to take an built-in method of functionality and constitution in grammatical research, it permits scholars to construct event, talents and self assurance in operating with grammar. The cutting edge, hybrid technique combines an advent to systemic practical idea with an outstanding grounding in grammatical constitution. The publication techniques grammar in an incremental method, allowing scholars to enhance grammatical ability in levels. it really is of specific price to these beginning to paintings with useful grammar however it is usually suitable for knowledgeable readers who're attracted to constructing a extra systematic method of grammatical research.

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2 Pronouns Usually the class of pronouns is included in the word class of noun but this hides a major difference in how they work in the language. Clearly, there are significant similarities in terms of how they are used by speakers but pronouns are not simply another kind of noun. In fact, the similarities between pronouns and names (proper nouns) are considerable and there are some good reasons for grouping these two categories together. It isn’t so important how they are grouped but it is important to be able to recognize a pronoun.

1 In functional terms, it describes or relates a particular process (what is going on) and particular participants (one or more individuals or objects that are involved in the process). This description of situation will be presented in more detail in Chapter 4. The sentences in the text are listed below as examples (1) to (4). The first two sentences in the text above, shown in (1) and (2), each express a situation where someone (we) is going somewhere (Scotland and London). e. ‘today is a nice day’).

The notation presented above is just a starting point; more detail and notation will be added throughout the remaining chapters as needed. The rest of this chapter focuses on providing a general view of the clause and the various units involved in its composition. 2 THE CLAUSE: ELEMENTS AND UNITS Language can’t be analysed whole; it has to be segmented in some way to make it manageable. This could be as individual words, as a section of speech, as sentences or even longer stretches of language.

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