by David A. Conlin ... The aim of this text is twofold. First, it is to synthesize the most useful elements of the traditional and the linguistic viewpoints, in order to make grammar a more practical tool for students in their writing. Second, it is to give students the widest possible experience with the structures of written English in building sentences. Clearly, then, this book is grounded in the brief that a knowledge of grammatical priciples, and practice with them, is related to skill in composition. Traditional grammar, it is true has failed to the extent that it does not provide an accurate description of our language. Structural grammar has provided valuable correctives- new insights into the structure of English and a more accurate description of it. But the grammar of the structuralist has been largely a "pure science".
In abundant exercise materials throughout, the student is given practice in identifying and using grammatical structures and language categories in their various forms and functions; and the problems and practice materials of the final chapter provide him with an opportunity to synthesize his knowledge of grammar and apply it to an intensive study of sentence building.
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