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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Understanding English Grammar
Subtitle: A Linguistic Introduction
Written By: Thomas E Payne

Language is primarily a tool for communication, yet many textbooks still treat
English grammar as simply a set of rules and facts to be memorised by rote.
This new textbook is made for students who are frustrated with this approach
and would like instead to understand grammar and how it works. Why are there
two future tenses in English? What are auxiliaries and why are they so
confusing? Why are English motion verbs hard to use? Why are determiners so
important in English? These and many other frequently asked questions are
answered in this handy guide. Student learning is supported with numerous
exercises, chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading. An
accompanying website offers further resources, including additional classroom
exercises and a chance to interact with the author. It is the essential
grammar toolkit for students of English language and linguistics and future
teachers of English as a Second Language.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Documentation
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521763290
ISBN-13: 9780521763295
Prices: U.S. $ 105.00
U.K. £ 65.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521757118
ISBN-13: 9780521757119
Prices: U.K. £ 22.99
U.S. $ 37.99