|Authors:||P. ALTENBERG EVELYN, M.VAGO ROBERT|
Our goal in this book is to help you learn about English grammar in as simple and straightforward a way as possible. The book was inspired by our students, most of whom panic when we say words like adjective, subject, and passive. We believe that panic will be replaced by knowledge and condense as readers work their way through this user-friendly book. Who is this book for? It’s for anyone who needs or wants to understand English grammar.
That includes readers who: (1) want to improve their writing; (2) are studying a foreign language; (3) are or want to be teachers; (4) are learning English as a second language; (5) are or want to be professionals such as speech language pathologists and attorneys; (6) are interested in how English works. The book is self-guided and self-paced; it can be used alone or as part of a course. The workbook approach used here will move you beyond simply labeling words to an understanding of how the deferent pieces of a sentence ¢t together. To help you achieve this understanding, we present information in small steps, with many opportunities to apply each new piece of information in exercises before you move on to the next step. Like all languages, English is a collection of dialects. While society views some of these dialects as having more social prestige than others, when we look at them objectively we and that all dialects are equal linguistically. That means that all dialects have grammatical rules, and the grammatical rules of one dialect are no more precise, pure, or logical than the grammatical rules of another dialect. Nonetheless, in this book we focus on the grammar of Standard American English because it is widely known and because writing requires a knowledge of formal, standard English. We deliberately limit this introductory book in both content and complexity. Wherever possible, we provide you with a simple rule of thumb to use. However, we don’t claim to cover all of English sentence structure. A clear understanding of what usually works will give you a foundation for recognizing and understanding the exceptions. Our aim is to provide you with the basics. This book will clarify English sentence structure and provide you with a useful reference book that you can turn to long after you’ve completed the exercises. It will also provide you with a solid foundation for more advanced study. So take a deep breath and turn the page. We predict that it won’t hurt a bit. In fact, you maybe surprised to out how easy English Grammar can be.