1st Edition

From Words to Grammar
Discovering English Usage

ISBN 9780415713764
Published June 12, 2015 by Routledge
190 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

From Words to Grammar is a different introduction to grammar for students. Taking a word-based approach to grammar, this innovative book introduces the subject through the analysis of over a hundred of the most commonly used English words. 

Each unit focuses on a different word class, using an analysis of specific words which includes:

  • an introduction to the grammar of each word;
  • examples of real world usage featuring that word;
  • exercises with answers.

This unique approach not only introduces students to grammar but also provides them with an understanding of how grammar works in everyday English. Written by an experienced teacher and author, From Words to Grammar is ideal for all students of English Language.

Table of Contents


Introducing concordance lines

1. Nouns

2. Personal pronouns

3. Pronouns and determiners

4. Adjectives

5. Prepositions

6. Adverbs

7. Verb patterns

8. Modal auxiliaries

9. Multi-word verbs

10. Question words, relative words and subordinators

11. Multi-functional words (1)

12. Multi-functional words (2)




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Roger Berry is Head of English at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.


"The major achievement of From Words to Grammar is that it takes a novel, deductive approach to grammar. It invites students to be linguistic detectives by studying different sentences containing a particular word, and then working out its meaning and grammatical characteristics – the result is a more sensitive and comprehensive understanding of how English grammar works. This book would be ideal for undergraduate students of English language and linguistics."
Ludwig Tan, SIM University, Singapore

"‘Noun or adjective? Phrasal or prepositional verb? Determiner or pronoun?'
Using specific words attested in real life examples, the author introduces the reader to grammatical concepts and to important features of English grammar. The innovative, practical approach, the authenticity of the examples and the non-technical language are only some of the book’s assets that will make it a valuable guide to learners at undergraduate and postgraduate level and to anyone who is interested in how English grammar works."
Marina Kolokonte, University of Kent, UK