Modern English Structures – Second Edition
Form, Function, and Position
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2006
  • ISBN: 9781551117638 / 1551117630
  • 296 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"
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Modern English Structures – Second Edition

Form, Function, and Position

  • Publication Date: June 14, 2006
  • ISBN: 9781551117638 / 1551117630
  • 296 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"

This book can be purchased on its own or in a discounted package with the Modern English Structures Workbook. If you wish to order the package, please contact us at Customer Service or place the order through your bookstore using ISBN 978-1-55402-533-6.

Modern English Structures is a clear and accessible text that follows a structural approach to teaching basic English grammar. The book is divided into three parts: what a sentence constituent is, what a sentence constituent does, and where a sentence constituent goes—Form, Function, and Position. The objective of the book is to bring students to a better understanding of sentence constituents and sentence structures, providing them with appropriate terminology to discuss these forms and relationships. This second edition has been revised and updated throughout.

The accompanying Modern English Structures Workbook parallels the text and provides useful training both in memorization and in higher-order thinking skills.

Comments

Modern English Structures is far superior to any other grammar text I have used in my grammar class. Approaching English grammar from a trinocular perspective, through Form, Function, and Position, Bernard O’Dwyer manages to account for many abstract grammar concepts in a way that is truly enlightening for students and teachers alike. The wealth of well-chosen examples and the lucidity of his account put this text in a class of its own.” — Hyo-Chang Hong, Marshall University

“What a terrific book and workbook, the best I’ve seen and I’ve been reviewing university-level grammar texts for years. The text is intelligent, accessible, and clear, with sophisticated exercises that do not condescend to my advanced students. I’m really impressed.” — Katy Rehyansky, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Preface
Abbreviations and Symbols
Introduction: English Grammar

  • Language Structure

    Spoken vs. Written Grammar

    Grammatical Terminology

    Sentence Constituents

    Form

    Functions

    Positions

    Sentences

    Style

FORM

1. Morphemes

  • Morphemes

    Morpheme Variants

    Morpheme Analysis

2. Words: Form Class

  • Words
    Nouns
    Verbs
    Adjectives
    Adverbs

3. Words: Structure Class

  • Pronouns

    Determiners

    Auxiliaries

    Prepositions

    Conjunctions

    Word Analysis

4. Phrases

  • Noun Phrase
    Adjective Phrase
    Verb Phrase
    Adverb Phrase
    Participle Phrase
    Gerund Phrase
    Infinitive Phrase
    Prepositional Phrase
    Absolute Phrase
    Phrase Analysis

5. Clauses

  • Independent Clauses

    Dependent Clauses

    Noun Clauses

    Relative Clauses

    Relative Adverb Clauses

    Adverb Clauses

FUNCTION

6. Major Grammatical Functions

  • Grammatical Function
    Subject

    Predicate

    Subject-Predicate Agreement
    Mood
    Voice

7. Minor Grammatical Functions

  • Grammatical Function Continued
    Objects of Prepositions

    Modifiers

    Pronouns by Form, Adjectives by Function
    Adverb Modifiers
    Adverb Nouns

    Prepositional Phrase Modifiers
    Apposition
    Complements

    Predicate Nouns

    Predicate Adjectives

    Adverb Complements

    Complement vs. Modifier

    Objective Complements

    Connectors

8. Functions: Clauses

  • Grammatical Function of Clauses

    Noun Clauses
    Relative Clauses
    Expressed Antecedents vs. Implied Antecedents

    Relative Restrictive / Non-restrictive Clauses

    Adverb Clauses
    Clause Analysis

POSITION

9. Grammatical Positions

  • Nominal

    Verbal

    Adjectival

    Adverbial

    Verbals

10. Sentences

  • Sentence Structures
    Sentence Types
    Sentence Patterns
    Sentence Analysis

Appendices

  1. Grammatical Terms Summary

    Grammatical Functions Summary
  2. Irregular Verbs

Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Bernard O’Dwyer is a Professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland.