Grammar: A Friendly Approach

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Contents
Contents
1 Introduction1
1.1 Why the book was written2
1.2 How the book is structured2
1.3 How to annoy your lecturers3
1.4 Meet the students4
1.5 Conclusion: comments about grammar and language7
2 Bad language8
2.1 Abel tries to be posh9
2.2 Questions about language10
2.3 Idioms how words are usually used10
2.4 Easily confused words12
2.5 Singulars and plurals12
2.6 Formal or pompous?14
2.7 The author, one or I?15
2.8 Do engineers use the same language as social scientists?16
2.9 Comments on questions17
2.10 Conclusion: advice about word choice18
3 Mangling and dangling participles20
3.1Why can't I use my own language?20
3.2 Questions about 'correct' English21
3.3 Standard English do we need it?22
3.4 Participles present and past23
3.5 No dangling!24
3.6 Kim has seen the light, has written and has gone25
3.7 Comments on questions26
3.8 Conclusion: advice about participles27
4 Getting tense with verbs28
4.1 Barbara's dilemma: here and now or there and then?28
4.2 Questions about tenses30

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