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A Descriptive Grammar of English

Modern English Grammar by example

English grammar book cover


What is descriptive grammar?

Descriptive grammar is grammar that takes account of how a language is really used, not necessarily of how it should be used. Often the two are the same, but descriptive grammar is much quicker on the uptake when it comes to adapting to new ways of using a language. It also takes account of the spoken language as well as the written language. Descriptive grammar is not grammar without rules; but the rules that it proposes are based on contemporary usage, not on some historic precepts.
Linguapress grammar resources are cited by universities colleges and websites worldwide, including - in the USA - Yale University Center for Teaching and Learning or the University of Washington Library guides  and - in the UK - by the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language or Aston University Library,  and many more institutions and webguides in the English-speaking world and beyond.
A Descriptive Grammar of English
Modern English Grammar by example
Andrew Rossiter - 2020
Revised and updated 2021 -   207 pages
ISBN-13: 9798645611750

 ►►   Egalement disponible en français

 American English version ►  A New English Grammar

Selected critical reviews
 All good useful stuff and made very user friendly with clear formatting and colour coding. In fact, this is one of the greatest strengths of this publication. It is laid out and colour-coded very effectively, making it easy and quick to reference and cross reference examples. In addition, the reader can easily identify exceptions to rules and see additional notes and warnings about potentially confusing structures.
These features all add up to make it a useful, compact grammar reference, especially for new teachers and those who want to improve their confidence in teaching grammar.
Reviewed in TESOLANZ newsletter, New Zealand 2021
This book ... is very extensive without being too deep or analytical. The author seems to have a great understanding of many of the challenges that teachers and learners have, and tries to combat these challenges to make the English language more accessible for all of us.
Reviewed in ELTAF Online bulletin, Germany 2021
A useful reference book ..... The clarity of explanations and wealth of examples, alongside helpful visual keys, provide both new and experienced teachers with something easy to dip into, regardless of the language level they are teaching..
Reviewed in EFL Magazine. 2021
A Descriptive Grammar of English  contains much to recommend it. If you are looking for an affordable e-book or a more accessible reference, this could be for you (or your students).
Reviewed in English Australia journal. 2021

This is a book that should be in every school library and on the bookshelf of any student or teacher who needs clear and concise explanations of English grammar illustrated by copious examples.
  Whether for native English speakers or for learners of English in EFL, ESL, ESOL or other classes, it offers  a thorough presentation of the essential points of English grammar. On the basis of contemporary usage, it extrapolates clear rules and principles, while avoiding much of the confusing linguistic jargon that is the hallmark of many of the classic English Grammars that have dominated the market for the past forty years.

Available as a paperback through bookshops and online stores, including Amazon, Powells, Walmart books, the Book Depository, Betterworld Books, Bookshop.org and other outlets, or as an e-book through Amazon stores worldwide.

colour coding


Answer: No! E-books (and there are loads of good books available as e-books) can be read on any device - PC, Mac, I-phone, Android device - which is equipped with a (free) Kindle reader app.
Just download the free reader app from Amazon, from Google Playstore or from any other reliable download source, and you can then access all the free or paid books you want and read them on your device. Generally speaking, e-books are considerably cheaper than print books.
All the essential points of English grammar are presented in detail, and the rules and conventions explained (rather than just noted) using language that can be easily understood by readers with at least a reasonable command of English. Particular attention has been paid to avoiding ambiguity and over-complex explanations; and for maximum clarity,  color coding is used throughout in order to relate rules and examples, or to highlight  differences in structures or meaning.
All sections are copiously illustrated with many hundreds of examples taken from everyday written and spoken English, carefully chosen for the clarity with which they illustrate a rule or a structure of English as it is used today.

Where appropriate, this Grammar distinguishes between written English and spoken English, and in the few cases where they are not significantly the same,  between different usages in British English and American English. It includes clearly illustrated sections on styles of English, word order, and punctuation.

The author, Dr. Andrew Rossiter, former head of Applied Languages at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France, has over thirty years of experience teaching and explaining grammar to intermediate and advanced-level learners of English

See book description on Amazon for more details and to view sample pages.

By the same author: Problem words in English   Check it out !

Referenced on Academic-self-publishing.com

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