Language is primarily a tool for communication yet many textbooks still treat english grammar as a set of rules and facts to be memorised by rote this new textbook is made for students who are frustrated with this approach and would like instead to understand grammar and how it works. Understanding english grammar presents a linguistic introduction to the structure of english that is accessible to students who have had little or no opportunity to study the language familiarizes students with the essential structural characteristics of english. Understanding english grammar a linguistic introduction additional exercises for chapter 3 lexicon 1 shiftiness of word classes in chapter 3 the words television door desk and window were used to illustrate the shiftiness of the classes of noun and verb in english think of five more nouns that dont seem to lend themselves for use as . An accompanying website offers further resources including additional classroom exercises and a chance to interact with the author it is the essential grammar toolkit for students of english language and linguistics and future teachers of english as a second language. Understanding english grammar a linguistic introduction thomas edward payne language is primarily a tool for communication yet many textbooks still treat english grammar as simply a set of rules and facts to be memorised by rote
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