Oxford Guide to English Grammar

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© Oxford University Press 1994
First published 1994
Seventh impression 2002

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Contents
Introduction

VII

Acknowledgements

VIII

Key to symbols

IX

Sentence and text
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

English grammar
The simple sentence
Statements, questions, imperatives and exclamations
Questions and answers
Leaving out and replacing words
Information and emphasis
Spoken English and written English

1
6
15
25
42
52
64

Verb forms
8
9
10
11
12
13

The verb phrase
Verb tenses and aspects
The future
Be, have and do
Modal verbs
The passive

75
82
95
104
113
130

Infinitive, gerund and participles
14 The infinitive
15 The gerund
16

Participles

144
159
167

The noun phrase
17
18
19
20…

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