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A University Grammar of English


A University Grammar of English is a shorter version of A Grammar of Contemporary English on which the authors worked in collaboration with Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik.
The structure of the parent book has been preserved so that reference can easily be made to it, though in many respects the authors have incorporated revisions, improvements, and expansions. The present treatment has been adapted to the needs of students who require maximum comprehensive-ness with maximum economy of presentation. The authors carefully indicate constructions which distinguish spoken from written, formal from informal, or British from American usage.


  • Varieties of English
  • Elements of Grammar
  • Verbs and the Verb Phrase
  • Nouns, Pronouns, and the Basic Noun Phrase
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
  • The Simple Sentence
  • Adjuncts, Disjuncts, Conjuncts
  • Coordination and Apposition
  • Sentence Connection
  • The Complex Sentence
  • The Verb and its Complementation
  • The Complex Noun Phrase
  • Focus, Theme, and Emphasis

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