English For The Natives: Discover The Grammar You Don't Know You Know by Harry RitchieEnglish For The Natives: Discover The Grammar You Don't Know You Know by Harry Ritchie

English For The Natives: Discover The Grammar You Don't Know You Know

byHarry Ritchie

Paperback | December 16, 2014

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'My first English lesson was grammar with the terrifying Mrs Petrie. She spent the entire time marching up and down the classroom, thwacking various items of school furniture with a ruler while she banged on about the ING part of the verb. I sat there, vibrating with fear, desperately trying to figure out what on earth she could mean. Irregular Negative Gerund? Intransitive Nominative Genitive? It was only years later, when I was teaching English to foreign students, that I realised that English grammar wasn't obscure and wilfully difficult but a fascinating subject which I was already brilliant at - and this book will prove that you are too.'

Forget the little you think you know about English grammar and start afresh with this highly entertaining and accessible guide. English for the Natives outlines the rules and structures of our language as they are taught to foreign students - and have never before been explained to us. Harry Ritchie also examines the grammar of dialects as well as standard English and shows how non-standard forms are just as valid.

With examples from a wide variety of sources, from Ali G to John Betjeman, Margaret Thatcher to Match of the Day, this essential book reveals some surprising truths about our language and teaches you all the things you didn't know you knew about grammar.
Harry Ritchie is a former literary editor of theSunday Timesand is the author of a number of books includingSuccess Stories, an analysis of the English literary scene of the 1950s, andThe Last Pink Bits, a tour of Britain's remaining colonies. He was born in Kirkcaldy, was educated at Edinburgh University and Lincoln College, Oxford, a...
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Title:English For The Natives: Discover The Grammar You Don't Know You KnowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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