- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (April 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071496424
- ISBN-13: 978-0071496421
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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McGraw-Hill's Essential ESL Grammar: A Handbook for Intermediate and Advanced ESL Students (McGraw-Hill ESL References) 1st Edition
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Mark Lester is an experienced grammarian, ESL expert, and professor emeritus of Eastern Washington University. He was the founding chair of the ESL department at the University of Hawaii, which is now considered one of the best ESL programs in the United States. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Grammar and Usage in the Classroom, one of the most widely used college grammar textbooks in the United States.
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*Areas of unusual grammatical complexity.
*Areas of unusual irregularity.
*Areas in which native speakers routinely use special forms in conversational English.
*Areas in which both native and nonnative speakers of English often make mistakes." The book is divided into three sections: Noun Phrases, Verb Phrases, and Sentences. Like his other books, this one reads well, the explanations are in depth and clear, and there are hundreds of sample sentences to clarify the concepts. (The tone isn't as zany as his previous books--no example sentences about Senator Fogg or the Seven Dwarves here, sorry.) Lester packs a lot in these 340+ pages. I keep looking for the One True Grammar Book handed down from on high that covers all contingencies, but there is no such thing. But this book does a pretty good job, considering its affordable price and small size. The truth is that educators need many different weapons in their arsenals, and this is a good one.
Anyone who gives a hoot about English grammar should wipe the slate clean of this idiocy. The idea that 'perfect' means 'completed' is grossly misleading and is an impediment to understanding its correct usage. Imagine any other word in its place and you will be more likely to understand it. The airlines used to use a made-up word that meant nothing, 'arnc', which will work for us. Imagine that the present perfect is 'present arnc', and that the past perfect is 'past arnc', and the furture perfect is 'future arnc', which usage will easily let you know that 'present arnc' means NOT 'present', since there is a 'present' tense which is different from 'present arnc', which we used to call 'present perfect'. Got it? The notion that "perfect' means 'completed" is misleading you and impeding you. Consider: "Mark Lester HAS LIVED in Nashville for ten years", a proper example of the present arnc. It is NOT 'complete' at all. He still lives there. "Perfect means completed" is misleading nonsense and should be abolished.
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