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Understanding English Grammar, 10th edition

  • Joseph Salvatore
  • Martha J. Kolln
  • Loretta S. Gray
Understanding English Grammar

ISBN-13:  9780134014180

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The essentials of English grammar, with a distinctively clear organization and user-friendly language

The acclaimed Understanding English Grammar fosters students’ innate language expertise as they study sentence grammar. It offers a practical blend of the most useful elements of both traditional and new linguistic grammar, beginning with an overview of English as a world language, language change, and various classroom issues associated with prescriptive grammar and correctness, along with an updated list of further readings. Every discussion is viewed through the eyes of a novice reader, bearing in mind how the current generation of students uses communication tools for social purposes. Both students and teachers appreciate the self-teaching quality that incremental exercises provide throughout the chapters, with answers at the end of the book.


The Tenth Edition introduces new coauthors Loretta Gray and Joseph Salvatore—two respected scholars who bring their special expertise in linguistics and creative writing, as well as long experience in teaching grammar and writing.

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Table of contents



1. The Study of Grammar: An Overview

English: A World Language

Three Definitions Of Grammar

Traditional School Grammar

Studying Grammar Today

Language Variety and the Issue of Correctness

Language Change

Language in the Classroom

Key Terms

For Further Reading




2. Words and Phrases

Chapter Preview

The Open Classes

Nouns and Verbs

The Noun Phrase

The Verb Phrase

NP + VP = S

Adjectives and Adverbs

Prepositional Phrases

The Closed Classes

Classroom Applications

Key Terms


3. Sentence Patterns

Chapter Preview

Subjects and Predicates

Diagramming Sentences

The Sentence Slots

The Be Patterns

Pattern I: NP be ADV/TP

Pattern II: NP be ADJ

Pattern III: NP1 be NP1

The Linking Verb Patterns

Pattern IV: NP V-lnk ADJ

Pattern V: NP1 V-lnk NP1

The Optional Slots

The Intransitive Verb Pattern

Pattern VI: NP V-int

The Transitive Verb Patterns

Pattern VII: NP1 V-tr NP2

Pattern VIII: NP1 V-tr NP2 NP3

Pattern IX: NP1 V-tr NP2 ADJ

Pattern X: NP1 V-tr NP2 NP2

Compound Structures

Exceptions to the Ten Sentence Patterns

Sentence Types

Interrogative Sentences (Questions)

Imperative Sentences (Commands)

Exclamative Sentences

Punctuation and the Sentence Patterns

Diagramming the Sentence Patterns

Notes on the Diagrams

Key Terms

Sentences for Practice

Questions for Discussion

Classroom Applications


4. Expanding the Main Verb

Chapter Preview

The Five Verb Forms

Auxiliary—Verb Combinations

The Modal Auxiliaries

The Future Tense

Tense and Aspect

Using the Verb Forms

Exceptions to the Verb-Expansion Rule

The Stand-in Auxiliary Do

The Subjunctive Mood

Key Terms

Sentences for Practice

Questions for Discussion

Classroom Application


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Published by Pearson (January 20th 2015) - Copyright © 2016