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Instant English Handbook [Epub] ❦ Instant English Handbook Author Madeline Semmelmeyer – Thomashillier.co.uk Actually two books in one a uick reference guide to correct usage and a step by step text for skill development The Instant English Handbook  lets you express yourself with ease and accuracy in writ Actually two books in one a uick reference guide to correct usage and a step by step text for skill development The Instant English Handbook  lets you Instant English MOBI :↠ express yourself with ease and accuracy in writing and speaking  Rapid answers to grammar uestions and easy to follow instructions for avoiding embarrassing mistakes are at your fingertips in a compact portable handbook for all your language needs.

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Instant English Handbook
  • Madeline Semmelmeyer
  • English
  • 02 March 2016
  • 9780911744033

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  1. Bob Nichols Bob Nichols says:

    Generally the Handbook is good at explaining the reasons that underlie English usage Here and there the authors get picky as for example when they list adjectives that express a “uality to the highest possible degree” We know about “uniue” Something can’t be than one even though in everyday language that word conveys “unusual” or “different” and the world moves on without a problem Among their adjectives they say that “If a circle is absolutely round another circle could not be round” Note the fudge word “absolutely” Only in Plato’s world of forms is there such absolute roundness Theoretically the Earth is round since gravity pulls everything into a point But it’s not perfectly round Do we then not talk about the Earth as round? Can we say “basically round?” I suppose it’s also not correct to say that something is the “very best”I like the authors’ emphasis on the rules of English that promote clear communication but clear thought and presentation also enhance communication Here there are some problems with this Handbook For example the authors state that a “complement completes the meaning expressed by a verb” apparently “complement” comes from “complete” The complement that expresses action is the direct object “I saw Evelyn” Then the authors confuse the reader by saying that some verbs complete the meaning without a complement “Jan is singing”As with other English usage books the discussion by these authors of verbs confuses They say that the “three basic forms of verbs are present and past tense and past participle” These are basic because “the six tenses of verbs can be built from them” Well I’m wondering do they really need to reference “the three principal parts” of verbs? They already have past and present tenses and the past participles to deal with the perfected tenses And what about the future tense? That one they cover in the following chapter where they remind us that there are “six tenses in English” three simple tenses past present and future and three perfect tenses these in completed form using past participles? But of course there are the progressive tenses that they also mention and thus a uestion about why the verb count for verb tenses is not nine?Given the pervasive but largely hidden role the discussion of auxiliary helping and linking verbs there’s overlap would benefit by having extensive treatment The authors note that the linking verb “to be” is implied For example “Cookies are good” means essentially the same thing as “cookies “taste” or “smell” good The authors suggest that we can mentally supply the “to be” verb here “The cookies smell ‘to be’ good” but I think it’s clearer to simply say that the “to be” notion just gets specific in its description of some defining uality for the sensesIn the sentence “the men work” the authors say that “work” is the principle verb In its helping verb form “men are working” “are” helps the main verb “helping” and is therefore auxiliary in that sense But then auxiliary verbs also have this odd uality of hijacking the main verb by changing its tense which seems to occur or which occurs in the active versus passive voice In the active formulation we might say for example that “pain triggers behavior” In its passive formulation we say “behavior is triggered by pain In this example the helping verb seems to be the principle verb not auxiliary because it controls the verb “trigger” Interestingly also these auxiliary helping verb hijacks the main verb in another sense “The girl needs work” changes the verb person? with the addition of the helping verb as in “does the girl need me?” or as in “he creates” versus “he can create” or as in four sentences back ‘which occurs’ versus “which seems to occur”It’s hard not to wonder whether English handbooks could not scrap the existing paradigm with its archaic organization structures and terminologyThe way I understand this is that auxiliary helping verbs support principle verbs of action whereas in their linking verb form they define the uality or state of the subject as in “Cookies are good” This hijacking of tense of occurs also through a ualifying prepositional phrase To say “they are leaving” is in the present tense but it moves into a future tense with the addition of “in the morning” The same type of hijacking of a present tense and turning it into a future tense occurs with “to go” as in “He is going to buy a new home” where “is going” moves to the future when combined with the infinitive “to buy”

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