Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum, A STUDENT’S INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR (Cambridge University Press, ). It contains exercises, and will provide a basis for introductions to grammar and courses on the structure of English not Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum . The Cambridge grammar of the English language /. Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 0

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The descriptive grammarian in quest of systematic clarity will correctly observe that “historically the gerund and present participle of traditional grammar have different sources, but in Modern English the forms are identical.

The Cambridge Grammar observes wearily: Such as what Ben Jonson meant when he wrote: Advice about style amounts to no more than “aesthetic authoritarianism” or “taste tyranny”, “a universalizing of one person’s taste, a demand that everyone should agree with it and conform to it”. It can be a sign of respect to raise an objection rather than roll over permissively while re-describing usual practice in such a way as to make a new locution fine by readjusted norms.

The Luxury to apprehend The Luxury ‘twould be To look at Thee a single time An Epicure of Me In whatsoever Presence makes Till for a further Food I scarcely recollect to starve So first am I supplied – This would be described as “confused” by today’s undergraduates, who take it for granted that “accessibility” is the first requirement of all writing and impute confusion to any writer who stretches them. Personal tools Log in.

Nouns and noun phrases. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. The apparent grammatical stumble expresses splendidly a trepidation such as any one at such a huddleton might experience, but you have to wonder if the words aren’t wrong to find how right they are.


Subordination and content clauses. These will have been in France. Yet a language like English is simultaneously virgin and long clapped-out, so old words for it are still good too.

Primary tenses express the distinction between past and present time. Deictic time is usually the moment of utterance. Cissy Smith might have asked 2A whether “preserve” is an indicative or a subjunctive. The faint but persistent lavender of the subjunctive about huddlewton “preserve” gives him reason for a moment to regard himself as superseded or at least on his way into the shade, as if, talking to an elderly hudxleston, he began to feel his own self aged too.


The candidates were excited, even over-excited, by the “imagery”, as they had been taught in school that “imagery” is what counts in literature.

To delineate the experience of living with and through a language a task beneath or beyond the ambitions of systematic grammarwe hkddleston fresh-minted terms and brilliant redescriptions such as the Cambridge Grammar supplies in its strong arguments for the claim that “English has no future tense”, soon to be reported in the Daily Mail, no doubt, as “dons say english has no future”.

The Cambridge Grammar spends 20 extremely well-observed pages on “number and countability” in current English, and would dismiss the claim that “one” should take a verb in the singular; “one” with a plural verb is not looseness but “usage”.

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A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar – Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum – Google Books

Nor are they huddleshon be wholly trusted when they tell us “The most frequent use of media is in the phrase the media, applied to the means of mass communication, the press, radio, and television, where both singular agreement and plural agreement are well established” we indiscriminately say “the media is When Beckett gave his only broadcast talk, about his experiences of the Irish Red Cross Hospital in Normandy where he served as interpreter and store-keeper from August to Januaryhe ended by entertaining ” These 1, pages are not short of terms which will grammzr new to the non-specialist, and they bristle with a more-than-grammatical deliciousness: Drinke to me, grammar, with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kisse but in the cup, And Ile not looke for wine.

This is another of those well-known prescriptive rules that are massively at variance with actual usage. Huddelston and Pullum They say of the sentence “In this day and age one must circle round and explore every avenue” that rgammar “may be loaded with careworn verbiage, or it may even be arrant nonsense, but there is absolutely nothing grammatically wrong with it”. Huddleston and Pullum’s analysis of tense From Glottopedia.


The lavender of the subjunctive

Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snowflakes – gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun.

All descriptive grammarians can determine is whether something is “established” or not; their “well” is illicit. That is, does the poet report that formalities have this effect or does he wish for them to do so compare “Saints preserve us! It is a comprehensive book on grammar so far my knowledge is concerned. Similarly with gerunds, those elusive beasts from earlier grammars so magnificently drawn by Ronald Searle in his cartoons of “The Private Life of the Gerund” in How to Be Topp.

Or consider some characteristic lines from one of the language’s most grammatically resourceful writers, Emily Dickinson:. Bleak House havers creatively over the boundaries between past and present in order to ask whether the story it’s telling is about the bad old days or the way we live now, to question confidence about history’s direction, to gauge the gap, if gap huddlezton be, between the primordial “mud” and the “Mlud” with which the Lord Chancellor is eventually addressed on the novel’s huddeston page.

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Language too is an affair which, from one point of view, is always just in the flush and tremor of beginning while, from an other, quite as sharp-eyed a point of view, it continues to run down foreseeable grooves formed by accumulated habit.

One in a million men change the way you feel one in a million men baby, it’s up to me At first hearing, a traditionalist might want to change “change” to “changes” – “one in a million men changes the way you feel” – though even Neil Tennant might have difficulty getting his mouth round that extra syllable while following the broad, expansive lines of the tune.

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