A Student's Introduction to English Grammar

By Geoffrey K. Pullum

This groundbreaking undergraduate textbook on smooth regular English grammar is the 1st to be in keeping with the progressive advances of the authors' earlier paintings, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002). The textual content is meant for college students in schools or universities who've very little past history in grammar, and presupposes no linguistics. It comprises routines, and may supply a foundation for introductions to grammar and classes at the constitution of English, not just in linguistics departments but in addition in English language and literature departments and faculties of schooling.

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In [i] the AdjP is a supplement approved by way of the verb (be), yet in [ii] it's an accessory, without such licensing - it's, extra in particular, a complement, indifferent by way of intona­ tion or punctuation from the remainder of the clause. it really is however nonetheless predicative, in that it's regarding a predicand. We comprehend in [ii] , a minimum of in [i], that the unwillingness to just accept those phrases applies to Max. 1 20 bankruptcy 6 Adjectives and adverbs 1 . eight Adjectives limited to attributive or predicative functionality even if such a lot adjectives can be utilized either attributively and predicatively, there are however many who are constrained to at least one or different of those makes use of: ATTRIBUTIVE USE [24 ] a.

Which as pronoun or determinative Which happens in built-in family in simple terms as a pronoun, yet in supplementary family it might even be a determinative: [ 1 four] this may preserve us busy till Friday, during which time the boss should be again. be aware that right here the relativised point is which era (not which by myself) : it really is this point that derives its interpretation from the antecedent Friday. functionality built-in family functionality as based - extra particularly, modifier - in the building containing them, yet supplementary family are connected extra loosely, and certainly might represent a separate sentence, as in [ 1 five] (where, back, which has a clause as antecedent) : [ 1 five] three A: Our hire is due subsequent week.

B. b. b. She 's drawn to not anything. It used to be no good deal. this isn't an unusual mistake. strangely, he didn't bitch. back the checks differentiate in actual fact among the [a] and [b] examples: the ideal con­ firmation tag for [ia] will be doesn 't she ? , whereas the only for lib] will be is she ? , and so forth. not anything and no ordinarily mark clausal negation. In [ia] and [iia] now we have excep­ tional circumstances the place they do not. The distinction in [iii] is because of the truth that the now not in [a] is in an attributive modifier in NP constitution (not uncommon), while in [b] the no longer is editing the verb is.

They permitted Kim 's notion yet no longer Pat 's. The argument used to be sparked via an off-the-cuff comment of Kim 'so every thing during this room is Mary 's. They 've simply moved to an outdated humans 's domestic. .. In formal variety the topic of a gerund-participial clause that's functioning as supplement (of a verb or preposition) seems to be in genitive case, as in [i] . • Like such a lot different determiners, a genitive can fuse with the pinnacle, as in [ii] , lower than­ stood as "Pat's proposal". • The indirect genitive happens as supplement to of in a post-head based.

Adjectives vs verbs 1 . three The homes given in § 1 . 1 including these provided in Ch. three, § I for the verb permit us to differentiate adjectives from verbs similarly. We' ll observe a range of the main decisive homes to differentiate the adjectives fond, unhappy, appreciative from the verbs love, remorse, take pleasure in. (a) Inflection and grade Verbs have a richer process of inflection than any of the opposite elements of speech. such a lot precise are the preterite and third individual singular types. As already pointed out, comparative and superlative inflection is located with adjectives yet no longer verbs.

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