The English Verb: An Exploration of Structure and Meaning

The English Verb An Exploration of Structure and Meaning This is a teacher s handbook exploring the structure and meaning of the central verb system of English The book emphasizes the regularity of English in order to help the teacher to see English grammar

This is a teacher s handbook exploring the structure and meaning of the central verb system of English The book emphasizes the regularity of English in order to help the teacher to see English grammar as a coherent system.

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The English Verb: An Exploration of Structure and Meaning

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  1. This slim little volume does not claim to be a comprehensive grammar reference, like Swan, Parrott and Thomson Martinet Read this book if you ever lie awake at night wondering if there is a future tense in English, if it is possible to use will with reference to past time, if it is possible to use the past simple with reference to the present, if the present perfect can be used for actions in the recent past, and is would the conditional in English The answers are no, yes, yes, no and no.


  2. Great book for EN language teachers and anyone learning English, including to interpreting level Destroys a few myths about English verb grammar which has historically been calqued from Latin or French and which didn t really fit with the reality on the ground For example, did you learn that there were 4 conditionals in English if I do this then something will happen etc It s terribly wrong Ditto for reported speech and others.


  3. Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, Lewis provides clear explanations of English grammar that make sense to language teachers and students The world of English language teaching would be much better off if Lewis was the main source of pedagogical grammar This never happened and students worldwide are worse off as a result.


  4. Michael Lewis If you read any ELT book this year, read something by Michael Lewis He is like the physicist teacher of linguistics language education ah ha moments everywhere Question Does anyone know any ELT coursebooks inspired by M.L thanks PS If you re interested in M.Lewis, start with The Lexical Approach The State of ELT and a Way Forward.


  5. Reading this book has been a real pleasure, I think it is full of new ideas and interesting thoughts about the English verb.



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