Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy
Steven Brehe, University of North Georgia
Copyright Year: 2018
ISBN 13: 9781940771496
Publisher: University of North Georgia Press
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The book includes all, or nearly all elements of English grammar that can be included in a 300 or so pages book. This book is for those who already know English and wish to speak it better and learn the basic grammatical concepts of the language. read more
The book includes all, or nearly all elements of English grammar that can be included in a 300 or so pages book. This book is for those who already know English and wish to speak it better and learn the basic grammatical concepts of the language.
The book is accurate, correct, and precise for the most part. The book presents a few (two or three) concepts that can be argued by most linguists but the author acknowledges these concepts and lets the reader know that such concepts are topics of debate.
The text is written in a way that is closely connected and appropriate to today’s culture, society and academic realm. The author uses phrases and idioms that can be relatable to younger readers while maintaining the content clear and free of errors.
The content in the text is presented in a coherent and intelligible way with clear examples to explain the technical jargon used in typical grammar textbooks.
The framework and terminology does not vary greatly from chapter to chapter. This book is consistent and presents each chapter in a similar manner with a brief introduction, easy to follow examples, variations of the examples, notes for writers and practice exercises to reinforce the content presented.
The text is more of a comprehensive list of the most basic and frequently used terms and concepts of English grammar. It is not clear if the chapters can be grouped into modules; it appears that some chapters can be grouped and other cannot.
The concepts are presented in an organized and logical manner. The book first lists the most common and basic concepts of English grammar and then moves to more complex and less common concepts. The table of contents is easy to follow and easy to find. The glossary and index are very helpful and complete.
There are no significant interface issues in the text. The charts used are easy to follow and ease to read. There are no images to view and almost no navigation problems. In fact, the charts can sometimes be perceived as too simple.
There were no grammar mistakes present and the texts is well written presenting complex ideas in relatable way.
This book describes the grammar of Standard American English and is intended for audiences familiar with the language. The text presents some comments that can be understood from their original cultural background by the intended audience. This book is not offensive or culturally insensitive. There is a brief mention on the inclusive usage of pronouns.
I enjoyed reading this book and the content is helpful to anyone who wants to improve their writing skills and overall knowledge of the English language. The notes for writers in every chapter makes the content relevant and practical. The exercises keep the reader engaged and allow the reader to monitor their progress. I also like the acronyms used and the writing style of the author.
It covers all of the eight parts of speech in English grammar, the concepts of a phrase/clause that is composed of parts of speech, and the concepts of syntactic roles (e.g., subject, object). It provides an effective index and glossary. read more
It covers all of the eight parts of speech in English grammar, the concepts of a phrase/clause that is composed of parts of speech, and the concepts of syntactic roles (e.g., subject, object). It provides an effective index and glossary.
The content of the text is sometimes ambiguous although it is error free and unbiased.
The content of the text is about the grammatical rules of English that could rarely be updated within a short period of time. The rules of a languages does not change within a short period of time.
It adopts a narrative style or tone to explain the grammar, which requires less cognitive loads from readers to grasp the concepts of terminologies. However, due to such a narrative style, the text is unnecessarily wordy.
It uses consistent terms and keeps the same framework to explain the grammar of English.
Because the text has the consistent pattern of explaining concepts, providing examples of the concepts, and providing grammar exercises, the sections and the subsections are easily recognizable without efforts.
It would be better for the textbook to have a preface from the beginning and a study guide. Readers could have hard time to find the underlying logic of the order of the table of contents.
The text rarely rely on any diagrams/charts that can support readers’ understanding of the content. The tables that the textbook uses are well placed at the right positions.
The textbook is about English grammar, which explicitly explains why there are no grammatical errors.
The textbook is about English grammar. The topic or subject of the content is not related to humans, societies, or cultures at all.
The book is quite comprehensive, and has an index and a glossary, too, which increases its user-friendliness. read more
The book is quite comprehensive, and has an index and a glossary, too, which increases its user-friendliness.
This book's subject matter is completely accurate. (One minor error is a reference to bold typeface when underlining was used instead.) It is unbiased and makes distinctions throughout regarding casual conversation versus professional writing.
The only recent update would be how to handle sentence structure around people who identify individually as "they", and other potential issues around clarity in gender pronoun preferences.
The text is extremely clear in its explanation of many complex grammatical structures.
This book's terminology and framework offer a consistent and easy-to-follow format.
Each section of the book is deftly divided into explanations followed by examples and questions, making it effective in its quest to explain scores of grammatical topics.
The grammar topics are presented logically and clearly, making this book an extremely useful resource.
The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.
This book about grammar does not have grammatical errors, thankfully.
The book is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It does make use of examples that are inclusive of women, but does not address other current gender issues regarding preferred pronouns.
This book is quite clear and useful, and I plan to use it in my journalism class.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Grammar? What Grammar?
- 1 Together Forever: Subjects and Predicates
- 2 The Indispensables: Nouns and Verbs
- 3 Get Tense: Verb Tense, Principal Parts, and Irregular Verbs
- 4 Tall, Dark, and Wordsome: Adjectives
- 5 Inevitably, Adverbs
- 6 Among the Prepositions
- 7 You and I and the Personal Pronouns
- 8 You Did What?: Verbs and Their Complements
- 9 All Together Now: Conjunctions, Compounds, and Subordinate Clauses
- 10 Sentencing Guidelines: Building Sentences with Clauses
- 11 Relative Clauses, Which We Need
- 12 I Know That You Know What They Are: Nominal Clauses
- 13 They’re So Dependent: Distinguishing Dependent Clauses
- 14 What, More?: Verbs and Voice, Infinitives, and Passive Complements
- 15 They’re So Common: More on Nouns
- 16 Zowie!: Interjections and the Eight Parts of Speech
- 17 Those Verbing Verbals: Gerunds and Participles
- 18 To Boldly Verb: Infinitives
- 19 What’s That?: More Pronouns
- 20 Many Things: (But no Cabbages or Kings)
- 21 Keeping Those Little Puncs in Line: A Brief Review of Punctuation
About the Book
Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy makes grammar accessible to general and specialist readers alike. This book provides an in-depth look at beginner grammar terms and concepts, providing clear examples with limited technical jargon. Whether for academic or personal use, Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy is the perfect addition to any resource library.
- Practice exercises at the end of each chapter, with answers in the back of the book, to help students test and correct their comprehension
- Full glossary and index with cross-references
- Easy-to-read language supports readers at every learning stage
About the Contributors
Steven Brehe, Ph.D., is a professor of English at the University of North Georgia. He has been with UNG for over 20 years and has taught Standard English Grammar, History of the English Language, Composition, and Professional and Technical Writing. Dr. Brehe was a contributing author on Contribute a Verse: An Introduction to First Year Composition from the UNG Press. He is a member of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.