The aim of this package is to introduce you to the basic concepts underlying the grammar of Modern English. These are the grammatical rules which you follow automatically when you speak or write, but may not be able to explain or analyse. This book, and the exercises based on it, will enable you to learn the skills and terminology needed for grammatical analysis. It aims to describe the structure of English, not to lay down the law about "good" grammar. However, as you use it, you should become more aware of how effective communication is achieved.

This teaching package has been developed at STELLA by Professor Christian Kay and Dr John Corbett of the Department of English Language, with Jean Anderson, Teaching Laboratories Co-Ordinator & STELLA Project Manager and Ann Gow, Advanced Technology Specialist.

The Book Exercises

"Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school; and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used; and, contrary to the king, his crown, and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill. It will be proved to thy face that thou hast men about thee that usually talk of a noun and a verb, and such abominable words as no Christian ear can endure to hear."

Wm. Shakespeare, Henry VI, part ii.