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Master the Basics: English 2nd Edition
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This book is excellent for the mid-level and advanced English student. It starts with a self-examination so the students can see where they need more work.
Virtually all your questions, topics & quirks of the English language are explained clearly and concisely with many examples. The index allows you to find your topic quickly and get your answers. It is the best reference I've found after years of teaching ESL.
Most students have trouble with English prepositions and prepositional phrases (at, in, on, over, under, through..etc). This book has many pages with explanations and examples so students can quickly understand.
This isn't a book for the beginners. There are no cute pictures, stories, or anecdotes. It is a serious book which helps serious students with the areas that they need assistance.
I tutor English as a second language in my church basement as a mission of my United Methodist church. I have been using this book for about 4 years now (1st and/or 2nd editions) and I find it very concise, complete, and with great concrete examples of proper basic grammatical form. It is useful in training immigrants and children in the foundations of English. While it is a most excellent book, the format and layout takes some getting used to, as even I was a bit confused when using it for the first time in any of my classes. I know that there is a learning curve when beginning to use new resources and so I do highly recommend this fantastic book! Thank you, Sincerely, Carl
Contrary to one of the previous reviews I have no problem with the explanations of how perfect verbs are formed. It all makes sense.
Warning the prospective buyers: this book does not have exercises at the end of each chapter. It is not a grammar workbook. But what it does have is a pretest and a final test, so you can evaluate your progress.
Thank you, Jean Yates!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great way for a beginner (my mom) to learn or refresh up English. The examples used are simple to understand and the basic points are summed up quite nicely.Published 9 months ago by Willy W
This is the most helpful English teacher I have ever seen. I would say if you don't speak freely Buy it!!Published on October 17, 2013 by Mikhail
Jean Bates has not yet mastered the Basics of English. She does not understand the past perfect, as she repeatedly demonstrates in this book. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Brad Johnston
Well written book. Well organized. Being used for someone who knows English, but not is a native speaker. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Ed C