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Cambridge Grammar of English Paperback with CD-ROM: A Comprehensive Guide Pap/Cdr Edition

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With its clear, two part structure, this is a user-friendly book from the world's leading English grammar publisher. The accompanying CD-ROM (Windows only) makes Cambridge Grammar of English even more accessible with: • The whole book in handy, searchable format. • Audio recordings of all the examples from the book. • Links to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary online for instant definitions of new vocabulary.

About the Author

Ronald Carter is Senior Lecturer in English and Director of the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) at the University of Nottingham. He is also currently acting as National Coordinator of the Language in the National Curriculum (LINC) project.

Walter Nash is Professor of Modern English Language at the University of Nottingham.

Michael McCarthy is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • CD-ROM: 983 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Pap/Cdr edition (April 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521674395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521674393
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: CD-ROM
I don't know if any customer review could do justice to this encyclopedic work. Its scope is so broad, thorough, scholarly, yet so accessible. Whenever I have a question that simply cannot be answered elsewhere, I turn to the Cambridge Grammar of English Paperback with CD ROM: A Comprehensive Guide and quickly find what I need. I was looking for the One True Grammar Book, a really authoritative tome, something academics themselves turn to for clarification--something technical but not laden with linguistics jargon, something like A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Quirk or The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Huddleston. However, I couldn't afford them. Continuing the search, I hit upon this one, and it's turned out to be an invaluable tool. It's indispensable for nonnative English speakers groping for answers to the idiosyncrasies of English, for native English speakers working on the fine points of their mother tongue, and for beleaguered instructors looking for clear explanations with which to help their students. It has satisfied the need for an authoritative guide so much so that I no longer feel that I want the other books. I like the Cambridge Grammar of English's emphasis upon the nuances of spoken English, which seem to befuddle foreign students no matter how much formal grammar they've studied. The book's focus is obviously British-centered English, but it's not all lorries and lifts; 99% of it applies to American English, too. So, if you're on a budget (or not), get this one. England has given us many good things over the years--the Beatles, Dr. Who, Monty Python, and, gratefully, now this!
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Format: CD-ROM
This grammar is very different from any other grammar that I've ever seen. Instead of saying what is 'correct' and what's not, it also describes how English is actually used by native speakers.

This is specially useful for those who are learning English as second language, like myself, because it contains a lot of information on frequency of usage that helps on choosing words (between also, as well and too for instance) and has lots of warnings of common English learners mistakes.

Disclaimer: Sorry for any English error. I've not read all the grammar already. :-)
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Format: CD-ROM
A great book but be careful when installing the CD on you computer: the CD includes copy-protection measures by SecuROM. Take care not to lose or damage the original CD; without it you will not be able to reinstall it. The SecuROM software is installed surreptitiously (there is no mention of it anywhere, neither in the documentation nor the installer), and very difficult to remove. Even if you uninstall CGE, SecuROM will remain on your system. Certainly, the publishers are entitled to protect their content, but there are better ways of doing this. My recommendation: buy the book but forget the CD-ROM.
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Format: CD-ROM
This book was designed for more advanced students as you won't find simple explanations. It goes straight to the point in a more academic way without being too complicated. It offers the students of the english language a wider range of explanations be it written or spoken.
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This tome draws heavily on the Cambridge International Corpus of English words used in print and everyday speech. Those of us interested in text mining and the vast richness of the expressiveness of written and spoken English can tip our hat in adulation at this remarkable offering.
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i knew what I was looking for, as per my teacher I am very happy with the book. I just love the way it is organize. as for the seller: excellent service: fast and nicely protected against damage
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Kasia
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The book itself is absolutely recommended for beginners as well as advanced learners of english, as it is clear, effctive, user friendly and reliable. The CD is very useful as you have the full book and every example (real english from Cambridge international corpus) pronounced with very clear pronunciation in it. The main feature is the well balanced mix of guidelines (grammar rules) and real life examples of use. I bought two more books, very different from Cambridge, to complete my reference collection: "Biber,Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English" and "Quirk, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language". The first one is good but only for very specialistic purpouses and I don't recommend it to any studend (neither advanced). The second one is a must-have book for everybody who wants to build a strong and structured knowledge of english grammar (of course only as a reference and not handbook, unless you are really motivated to spend a large amount of time in studying, the good old way of studying, I mean). My only disappoint about "Cambridge Grammar of english" is that some topics explainations are not fully reliable if compared with the other books above.
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Format: Paperback
Possibly the best and most authoritative grammar book today available.
PS: beware of Brad Johnston review. He has, well, problems...
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