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27 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended: just statistical/frequency data, January 27, 2003
This review is from: Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (Hardcover)
If you are a teacher, student or a writer seeking guidance, this is not the book which I would suggest, as it's really not prescriptive at all. It's chock full of frequency data wrt various grammatical constructs. It's like reading the census data, if you know what I mean. You'll be left out in netherspace, to basically extract the rules by yourself. Would much rather suggest using your hard earned dollar to buy the "Comprehensive Grammar ..." by Quirk to get some real guidelines. However, if you like statistics, buy this book, you'll love it ...
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Initial post: Mar 27, 2007, 3:43:55 PM PDT
This reviewer obviously does not understand how to use corpus data to inform his teaching. This book provides frequency information so that students and teachers understand which grammatical structures are used most frequently in which mode of language production. For example, when students ask about the difference between "have to" and "must," you can teach your students that "have to" is most commonly used in spoken language and "must" is more frequent in written language. Therefore, your students learn to use the structures in the proper production mode.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012, 8:52:42 PM PDT
Alex B. says:
This book tells you how English is *actually* used, and not how some "prescriptivists" would like you to use it.
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