An innovative corpus-based grammar text, Real Grammar uses the latest corpus research to show how 50 grammatical structures and expressions are used in speech and writing.
PART I VERB TENSES
UNIT 1 Did you want more coffee?
Simple Past Tense in Polite Offers
UNIT 2 He’s looking at me...
Progressive Verbs vs. Simple Verbs
UNIT 3 Studies have shown...
Discovery verbs and Existence Verbs
PART II SPECIAL USES OF VERBS
UNIT 4 I didn’t get a chance...
Meaning of Get
UNIT 5 Did you have fun today?
Meaning of Have + Noun Phrase
UNIT 6 It really made a difference...
Meaning to Make + Noun Phrase
UNIT 7 Let’s take a look at it
Meaning of Take + Noun Phrase
UNIT 8 I felt good about it
UNIT 9 Tell me that story
Verbs with Two Objects
UNIT 10 Reports suggest that...
Action Verbs with inanimate Subjects
PART III MODALS
UNIT 11 I might go to Japan
UNIT 12 A compromise must be reached
PART IV MULTI-WORD VERBS
UNIT 13 Come on!
UNIT 14 I can’t think of his name now
Verb + Preposition
UNIT 15 I have to get out of here
Three-Word Phrasal Verbs
PART V THE PASSIVE
UNIT 16 No significant difference was found
UNIT 17 The accident was caused by failure of...
Passive with a By-Phrase
UNIT 18 Further details can be found in...
Passive Verb + Preposition
PART VI NOUNS, ARTICLES, AND PRONOUNS
UNIT 19 That’s an important thing to know
The Nouns People and Thing
UNIT 20 I love fitness and stuff like that
Imprecise Noun Phrases
UNIT 21 The chair of the committee
Nonsexist Language Choices
UNIT 22 The introduction of technology
The Definite Article
UNIT 23 Yeah, that’s right!
The Pronouns This and That
PART VII ADJECTIVES AN ADVERBS
UNIT 24 He did a nice job
The Adjectives Good and Nice
UNIT 25 Do this quick
Adjective and Adverb Choices
UNIT 26 That’s pretty weird
Amplifiers and Downtoners
UNIT 27 Women are different from men
Adjective + Preposition
UNIT 28 It looks pretty awful though
Though and Anyway
UNIT 29 Finally, on the negative side...
UNIT 30 It would thus appear that ...
Position of Transitions
PART VIII GERUNDS, INFINITIVES, AND CLAUSES WITH THAT
UNIT 31 I don’t think it will be a problem
Verb + Noun Clause for Uncertainty
UNIT 32 I think I can find it
Deletion of That in Noun Clauses
UNIT 33 She seemed to like him a lot
Verb + infinitive
UNIT 34 We couldn’t stop laughing
Verb + Gerund
UNIT 35 This is happens
Be + Noun Clause
UNIT 36 It is possible that
That-Clauses or Infinitive Phrases for Attitudes
PART IX REPORTED SPEECH
UNIT 37 ...and she goes oh don’t worry
Reporting What Someone Said
UNIT 38 The authors argue that...
Reporting What Someone Wrote
PART X NOUN MODIFICATION
UNIT 39 Evidence for life on Mars
Modifiers in Noun Phrases
UNIT 40 Voter registration procedures
Adjectives and Nouns to Modify a Noun
UNIT 41 A question which is often asked
Adjective Clauses and Relative Pronoun Choice
UNIT 42 That’s the way I look at it
Adjective Clauses with Adverb Meaning
UNIT 43 Is there anything I can do?
Pronoun Modified by Adjective Clauses
UNIT 44 I’ve got a lot to do
Noun + Infinitive
UNIT 45 The approach used in nursing
UNIT 46 A number of reasons
Prepositional Phrases Modifying Nouns
UNIT 47 He saluted me, which I enjoyed
Adjective Clauses That Modify Sentences
PART XI SPECIAL FEATURES OF CONVERSATION
UNIT 48 Well, I better get going
UNIT 49 Me too.
UNIT 50 The stuff I thought you could use
Complex Grammar in Conversation
Real Grammar uses the latest corpus research to show how 50 grammatical structures are used in speech and writing. This focus on authentic usage helps students move past traditional grammar texts and use English more like native speakers.
Real Grammar is an essential tool for students to study English as it is used in the real world of conversation, fiction, newspaper, and academic writing.
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