How English Works is unique in that it offers grammatical instruction and exercises based on published readings. Part II contains sixteen glossed readings; Part I contains grammar chapters that use the readings for examples and exercises.
The book presents the basic principles of how English works for general academic purposes. It describes the common, frequently used structures of English for intermediate students and for more advanced students who have gaps in their knowledge or need review. It explains common exceptions to general principles, helping students to make sense of the patterns they see when they read. However, it does not attempt to cover every nuance of the language, every exception to every rule, every facet of specialized disciplines. Students need to know patterns that they can rely on, that will work for them most of the time. This book, then, offers broad strokes, not minute detail. Wherever possible, boxes, charts, and tables are used to clarify and highlight grammatical structures. (from the preface)
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