Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $15.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Understanding English Grammar (9th Edition) Hardcover – September 29, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0205209521 ISBN-10: 0205209521 Edition: 9th
Rent
FREE Shipping $39.49 - $41.44
Buy used
$70.28
Buy new
$130.42
Used & new from other sellers Delivery options vary per offer
74 used & new from $66.30
Rent from Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, September 29, 2011
"Please retry"
$39.49
$130.42
$124.00 $66.30
Paperback
"Please retry"
$25.00 $1.98
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now
$130.42 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Understanding English Grammar (9th Edition) + Exercise Book for Understanding English Grammar + The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. 2: 1865 to the Present, Shorter 8th Edition
Price for all three: $242.78

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

This market-leading book provides a systemic way to understand grammar based upon the instinct found in speaking. With schools still teaching grammar, the authors encourage the readers of this book to consider themselves grammar experts, simply clarifying in rules the innate knowledge of grammar we all use from the moment we speak. Current and future teachers will now be able to execute their grammar lessons with a better understanding of the theories and structures that are the foundation of grammar. While this is especially appropriate for teachers, its logical approach and clear explanation make it a benefit for anyone who wants to know how English works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 9 edition (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205209521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205209521
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Cochran on July 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a fiction writer. And there are four books within reach of my writing desk. The most recent addition has been Martha Kolln's Understanding English Grammar. This bad boy has it all, folks. If you're like me, you get tripped up on lie and lay like the rest of us, and those kinds of words (and the rules underlying them) are at the very heart of what UEG sets out to clarify. I think I first went to Kolln's masterpiece for help with prepositions. I don't know who first introduced prepositions into the English language, man, but I'd like beat him with a wet dish rag!
As Kolln says on page 320: "Prepositions are among the most difficult words in the language for foreign speakers to master." I'd take this a step further; I'd say they're the most difficult words for _English_ speakers to master. A couple of examples she lists:
Be sure to fill out the form carefully.
Be sure to fill in the form carefully.
He wasn't fired.
He didn't get fired.
Can _you_ spot the correct usage above? Well, if it gives you pause then Understanding English Grammar may be the book for you. It is a model of grammatical clarity and a wonderful reference book to turn to in times of grammatical doubt:~)
Other books I keep close by my writing desk include: "The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms," Richard Lanham's "A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms," and The Holy Bible. If cleanliness is next to Godliness, grammatical perfection is like Zen awareness. You know it's possible to attain, but achieving it is another matter altogether. Kolln's book can help -- with the grammar, that is.
Yours,
Stacey
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Neal Obstat on July 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a structural grammar, fairly similar to traditional grammar. Basically, what this book does is set up a classification system for analyzing English sentences. It doesn't discuss how English sentences are generated, doesn't present phrase structure rules, and doesn't include much information on how to actually use the language (the kind of thing that ESL grammar texts include). It does a pretty good, if somewhat superficial and incomplete, job of presenting a classification scheme, which is a bit old fashioned these days. For those who like a traditional approach to grammar, the diagrams will be welcome, though there are some gaps that I would have liked filled (how to diagram a cleft sentence, for instance). There is a wee bit of transformational-influenced grammar, particularly in the discussion of verb phrases, where tree diagrams are used and phrase-structure rules (of a sort) are given: VP = MVP + (COMPLEMENTS); MVP = AUX + MV; AUX = (MODAL) + (HAVE) + (BE); AUX = TENSE + (MODAL) + (HAVE + {-en}) + (BE + {-ing}). But there isn't much of this in the book, which makes it perhaps a bit dated but much more student-friendly than a book that uses more of a transformational-generative approach. I think Klammer et al.'s "Analyzing English Grammar" is similar but more sophisticated (though still not cutting edge), though less student-friendly. The same may be true of Huddleston and Pullum's "A Student's Introduction to English Grammar." (I haven't quite made up my mind about Huddleston and Pullum's text.)

One other point about Kolln's book: it isn't constructed very well; the binding is already beginning to crack after just a few months. But the font, the graphics, etc. are just fine.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bobbi Lafferty on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I own the 3rd edition of this book. I don't know if the comments I have will still apply to this edition, but here they are anyway.

I looked everywhere for a book that illustrated grammar instruction through diagramming sentences, and this is the only one I've found! If you aren't into that, don't let it discourage you. They are only used as illustrations and to show the similarities and differences between sentence types.

This book takes a very logical approach to grammar that I was very thankful for and which was very easy for me to follow, as it added just the right next bit of information as I was ready for it. It was just what I was looking for.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robbie on April 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First and foremost - I can not stand when a book places the glossary of Key Terms in the back of the book without explaining them in the context of the chapter they are used in. While reading through the book, I have had to constantly flip to the back to write down the meaning of each new term they bring up, because nothing in the chapter gives a clear indication of the term's meaning. This really interrupts any natural flow to learning (or reading). I can't stand when books do this, and this book is one of those books.

Beyond that, the book is dry as can be, and really hard to read long-term. I only purchased this book as a required text for a college course, and unless it is required in your school, I remain hopeful that there is a better option out there for you to further your learning. If you have a choice, choose something else!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on February 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is unbelievably boring and confusing. do not buy unless you have to and seek help from your professor
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin Land on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been using this as the text in my grammar class at Stephen F. Austin State University and I find it very helpful. It is a wonderful place to start for anyone wanting to be a better writer. If you can find the workbook that goes along with it I suggest using it. My only complaint is the sequence of the chapeters. I would start with the last section and then work my forward.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Understanding English Grammar (9th Edition)
This item: Understanding English Grammar (9th Edition)
Price: $130.42
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: creative grammar