Scott Thornbury’s 101 Grammar Questions

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Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers

Scott Thornbury

Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781292237206

How many conditionals are there? How many tenses? The questions in this pocket handbook are frequently asked by language teachers, often on online discussion forums. Each answer is afforded one page, a self-imposed limitation which promotes both clarity and brevity and avoids overly complex explanations. This book aims to be a go-to reference for teachers facing a grammar puzzle: is it correct to say: “10 items or less”? What about: “Who or whom”? Section A answers general questions like: “What is prescriptive grammar”? The other five sections cover areas such as nouns, articles, verbs and syntax. The handbook draws on both the author’s extensive experience and authoritative sources, including Michael Swan. A short glossary defines terms like corpus, end-focus and backshift. Insightful, occasionally humorous and always worth reading.

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