English Grammar Guide

English grammar guide

This English grammar guide explains clearly what verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions and other parts of speech are, what their roles are and how they are used in the English language.

The explanations are authoritative and detailed enough to provide a deeper understanding of the way that English grammar works, and particularly relevant to the work of TESOL/TEFL teachers and students.

The tenses are presented in a grammatically logical order and grouping. This is not necessarily the same as the order that teachers should present them to their students. Some tenses are far easier to learn and far more important/useful than others for general communication. Students will need to learn the tenses that will give them most benefit at each stage in their learning.

Lots of examples are given from current English usage to make concepts and definitions clearer. The emphasis is on how English language is actually used – not on old-fashioned rules but on how English language is used by educated speakers in a wide variety of realistic and relevant situations.

Generally, British English is used in these grammar notes, but teachers and learners of other varieties of English such as American English will find that most grammar rules are the same. There are many significant differences between AE and BE in terms of pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, set expressions and preferences, but fewer differences in basic grammar.