This user-friendly guide to understanding and properly using English grammar is designed to augment the ability of busy engineering and science students to convey information in a precise manner. The book’s sensible organization around the eight parts of speech, its accessible format, and the straightforward explanations of written American English also make it a highly suitable tool for ESL students. While the author s intent is not to emphasize or overload readers with scientific jargon, he does include a rich collection of examples and illustrations that relate directly to engineering and science topics. Clear models and explanations, keyed to diagrams, tables, and flow charts, provide very effective visual elements.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. Introduction Importance of Grammar / Parts of Speech / Grammar and English as a Second Language / Sentence Structure 2. Nouns Definition and Functions / Number / Type / Case / Gender / Offensive Nouns / Appositives / Noun Clauses 3. Pronouns Definition and Functions / Types of Pronouns 4. Adjectives Definition and Functions / Classes of Adjectives / Articles and Other Determiners / Adjectival Clauses / Levels of Comparison for Adjectives 5. Verbs Definition and Functions / Tense / Person and Number / Irregular Verbs / Form and Voice / Mood 6. Adverbs Adverbials / Levels of Comparison for Adverbs / Compound and Absolute Adverbs / Placement of Adverbs / Transitional Phrases and Adverbial Conjunctions 7. Prepositions Uses of Prepositional Phrases / Prepositions as a Part of Two-Word Verbs 8. Conjunctions Coordinating Conjunctions / Correlative Conjunctions / Subordinating Conjunctions / Adverbial Conjunctions 9. Interjections 10. Punctuation Apostrophe / Brackets / Colon / Comma / Dash / Ellipsis / Exclamation Point / Hyphen / Parentheses / Period / Question Mark / Quotation Marks / Semicolon / Slash 11. Final Thoughts 12. Glossary of Grammar and Usage