Real Grammar: A Corpus-Based Approach to English

Series
Pearson
Author
Susan Conrad / Douglas Biber  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
160
Pub.-date
June 2009
ISBN13
9780135155875
ISBN
0135155878


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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.

Table of Contents

 

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

                        Linking Verbs

 

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

                        Possibility Modals

 

UNIT 12         A compromise must be reached

                        Necessity Modals

 

 

PART IV        MULTI-WORD VERBS

 

UNIT 13         Come on!

                        Phrasal Verbs

 

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

                        Passive Voice

 

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…

                        Transitions

 

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

                        Adjective Phrases

 

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

                        Discourse Markers

 

UNIT 49         Me too.

                        Incomplete Sentences

 

UNIT 50         The stuff I thought you could use

                        Complex Grammar in Conversation

 

 

 

 

Back Cover

 

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 focuses on the appropriate use of the target structure in four different registers (conversations, fiction, newspaper, and academic writing), with special emphasis on conversation vs. academic writing. 
  • Rich activities varying from contextualized exercises to discovery and analysis help learners understand and use the target grammar.
  • Fifty independent units provide flexibility for both teachers and students.  The unit can be taught in any order and fit any curriculum.
  • Speech and writing icons clearly identify the skill focus in each unit and allow teachers and students to focus on individualized teaching and learning goals.
  • “Be Careful” points emphasize how to avoid typical errors and help students quickly improve their speaking and writing.

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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