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By Jim Miller

ISBN-10: 0585441995

ISBN-13: 9780585441993

An creation to English Syntax discusses the crucial recommendations of syntax that are utilized in quite a lot of college classes, in enterprise, in educating and in speech treatment. The publication bargains with conventional options that have been vastly sophisticated and prolonged over the last thirty years: what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are and the way they are often famous; what a subordinate clause is and the way sorts of subordinate clauses might be famous; what topics and items are. The booklet attracts out the connections among syntax and which means; specifically, chapters specialize in themes corresponding to demanding, temper and voice that are significant to using language and are of significant significance in moment language studying.

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Implicit in the preceding paragraph is the fact that copula clauses can be declarative or interrogative, and they can be YES–NO or WH interrogatives – Is she coming to the party? vs Who is coming to the party? Unlike non-copula clauses, copula clauses cannot be passive and they do not have double objects, though they can have oblique objects as in This parcel is for Sarah. The complements of be are not usually treated as direct objects but are simply called complements. And as (11a) and (11c) 02 pages 001-192 18/10/01 32 4:49 pm Page 32 AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH SYNTAX show, be is regularly complemented by adjectives or by prepositional phrases.

Brazil’s tropical forests are amazingly rich in fauna and flora. 4. The person sitting at the window is my wife. 5. Sitting at the window my wife noticed that our neighbour’s dog was outside. 6. Susan always drinks black coffee. 7. Susan always drinks her coffee black. 8. In his usual carefree fashion John ran up an enormous bill. 9. In his exuberance John ran up an enormous hill. 1 Introduction We have looked at heads and modifiers and at the organisation of smaller units into bigger units, words into phrases and phrases into bigger phrases.

In the preceding chapters, we have used terms such as ‘noun’, ‘adjective’, ‘adverb’, ‘verb’ and ‘preposition’ without defining them. The terms are in everyday use and everyday definitions are available, such as nouns being the names of persons, places and things and verbs being the names of actions or states. These definitions contain a grain of truth but are inadequate for serious investigation of English or any other language. One weakness is that they appeal in a superficial way to only one part of meaning, the kind of things that a given word denotes.

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