New PDF release: A Glossary of English Grammar

By Geoffrey Leech

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This alphabetical consultant in actual fact defines normal grammatical phrases and exhibits how they're used, encompassing variations as present in Huddleston and Pullum's Cambridge Grammar of the English Language.

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Other -ed clauses, like (b), are adverbial. Generally 36 A GLOSSARY OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR speaking, an -ed clause is like a passive clause, but has no subject or finite verb. ) But sometimes an adverbial -ed clause does have a subject, for example All things considered, the meeting was a success. ) -ed form, -ed participle The past participle form of a verb, used to form the perfect after have (for example, has changed); to form the passive after be (for example, are changed); and to act as the verb in a non-finite -ed clause (for example, Convinced of his innocence, the Queen ordered his release).

There were too many people in the room. There has been a lot of money wasted. Existential there is so called because it introduces sentences which postulate the existence of some state of affairs. Normally the sentence has be as its main verb. Existential there, unlike there as an adverb of place, is unstressed. The noun phrase following be can be seen as a delayed subject and there as a dummy subject inserted to fill the vacant subject position. Compare (d), for example, with the more standard word order of: A lot of money has been wasted.

For instance, the Latin plural of index, indices, is used in technical contexts, but the regular plural of indexes is preferred in everyday use, for example in referring to the indexes at the back of a book. ) formal and informal Terms used of ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ levels of style or usage in English. Formal style is associated with careful usage, especially written language, whereas informal style is associated with colloquial usage, especially spoken, conversational language in relaxed or private settings.

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