McCarthy's Field Guide to Grammar: Natural English Usage and Style (Hardcover)

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McCarthy's Field Guide to Grammar: Natural English Usage and Style (Hardcover)


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Remember all those grammar rules from school? No? Most of us don't. Mike McCarthy, renowned corpus linguist and co-author of the 900-page Cambridge Grammar of English answers the awkward questions that regularly bother us about English grammar. In this helpful A-Z field guide, McCarthy tells us what the conventional rules are as well as shows us what people are writing or saying now and gives simple reasons why you might choose one or the other so that you can speak and write with confidence.

Through witty and entertaining examples pulled from 50 years of teaching, 40 years of field notes picked from books, newspapers, letters, radio and TV, etc., and shamelessly eavesdropping on people's conversations in public spaces, and a British and American English computer database, McCarthy has created a book to browse and enjoy, as well as a useful reference to keep on your bookshelf.

Why a Field Guide to grammar?
- A to Z format makes it easy to access and to find what you're looking for
- Presents solutions to a host of common, everyday grammatical problems
- References current events to bring relevance to the grammar (fronted adverbials anyone?)
- Looks at historical usage to illustrate how the English language has evolved, and continues to evolve
- Gives guidance on appropriate usage where more than one way of saying something exists
- Distinguishes between spoken and written grammar where appropriate
- includes advice on vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, punctuation and style
- Compares North American and British grammar, and includes Englishes from around the world
- Charming drawings to illustrate the playfulness in the English language
- Grammar guide backed by data and research

True to the Chambers name, this field guide is as much quirky as it is informative. It is the perfect gift for any language lover, student, teacher, struggling parent or carer supporting their child's schooling, the grammar purist or the grammar descriptivist.
Michael McCarthy, MA & PhD (Cambridge University), has more than 50 years' experience of teaching English and Applied Linguistics in language schools, universities and institutes of adult education. He is the Author/co-author of 50+ books on English and the teaching of English and 100+ academic articles. He is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of English, University of Nottingham, UK. He has also served as Visiting Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Newcastle University, UK, and as Adjunct Professor at Cornell University and Penn State University, USA. He holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Valencia, Spain. For the last 35 years, he has worked with corpora of English texts, investigating them to establish how the vocabulary and grammar of English are used at the present time and how they are evolving and changing.
He is co-author of the 900-page Cambridge Grammar of English,Grammar for Business,English Grammar Today and the globally successful Touchstone and Viewpoint courses for adult learners of English (all published by Cambridge University Press).
Product Details ISBN: 9781529393514
ISBN-10: 1529393515
Publisher: Chambers
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 192
Language: English