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An Introduction to English Grammar
Second Edition

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AN INTRODUCTION TO

ENGLISH GRAMMAR
Second Edition

SIDNEY GREENBAUM GERALD NELSON

PEARSON EDUCATION LIMITED Head Of?ce: Edinburgh Gate Harlow CM20 2JE Tel: +44 (0)1279 623623 Fax: +44 (0)1279 431059 London Of?ce: 128 Long Acre London WC2E 9AN Tel: +44 (0)20 7447 2000 Fax: +44 (0)20 7240 5771 Website: www.linguistic-minds.com First published in Great Britain in 2002 © Pearson Education Limited 2002 The right of Sidney Greenbaum to be identi?ed as Author of this Work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. ISBN 0 582 43741 5 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A CIP catalogue record for this book can be obtained from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data A CIP catalog record for this book can be obtained from the Library of Congress All rights reserved; no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without either the prior written permission of the Publishers or a licence permitting restricted copying in the United Kingdom issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 0LP. This book may not be lent, resold, hired out or otherwise disposed of by way of trade in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published, without the prior consent of the Publishers. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Typeset in 10.5/13pt Ehrhardt by Graphicraft Limited, Hong Kong Printed in Malaysia The Publishers’ policy is to use paper manufactured from sustainable forests.

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgements 1. Rules and variation 1.1 What is grammar? 1.2 Grammar and other aspects of language 1.3 Grammars of English 1.4 National varieties 1.5 Standard and non-standard English 1.6 Variation according to use 1.7 Descriptive rules.