Books for English
I am initiating this thread with intention to help you learn/improve English. Though, I myself is not an expert but when it comes to suggesting books for learning/improving language that is where I can help you. If not much, then atleast little.
I will post introduction to the books which I find worth reading and helpful. These books will be related to grammer, vocabulary and ultimately English. You are also most welcome to share you books treasure with us.
That's enough for introduction.
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Almost anyone can benefit by learning more about writing sentences. You don't have to be a student to benefit from this book; you just need the desire to write well. You must certainly want to create better sentences, or you would not be reading this page. If you already know how to write good, basic sentences but fell they still lack something, that they have no variety, no style, then this book is for you.
But how do you go about writing better sentences? The answer is simple. You learn to write better sentences as you learn almost every other skill: by imitating the examples of those who have the skill. You probably have already discovered that it is easier to master anything - jumping hurdles, doing a swan dive, or playing the guitar - if you imitate a model. Nowhere is this principle more obvious than in writing. If you are willing to improve your writing skills by copying models of clear sentences, the following five chapters will help you master the skill of writing well, with grace and style.
THE WHOLE IS THE SUM OF ITS PARTS
CHAPTER 1 briefly reviews what constitutes a sentence. If you need to review the functions of different parts of a sentence, you may need a supplementary book with a fuller discussion of sentence structure. This chapter covers the various parts of the sentence, utilizing the traditional terms you will find in the explanations of the patterns in CHAPTER 2
SKILL COMES FROM PRACTICE
CHAPTER 2, the heart of this book, contains twenty different sentence patterns, some with variations. Study the graphic picture of each pattern (the material in the numbered boxes) and notice the precise punctuation demanded for that pattern; you will then be able to imitate these different kinds of sentences. The explanation under each boxed pattern will further clarify HOW and WHEN you should use that particular pattern; the examples will give you models to imitate; the exercises will provide practice. With these as guides, try writing and revising until you master the skill of constructing better sentences.
As you revise, take some of your original sentences and rewrite them to fit a number of these patterns. This technique may at first seem too deliberate, too contrived an an attempt at an artificial style. Some of the sentences you create may not seem natural. But what may seem artificial at first will ultimately be the means to greater ease in writing with flair and style.
CLEAR WRITING COMES FROM REWRITING
Your first draft of any communication - letter, theme, report (either written or oral) - will almost always need revision. When you first try to express ideas, you are mainly interested in capturing your elusive thoughts, in making them concrete enough on a sheet of paper for you to think about them. An important step in the writing process - in fact, where writing really begins - is revision, an ongoing process. You must work deliberately to express your captured ideas in clear and graceful sentences.
COMBINATIONS LEAD TO ENDLESS VARIETY
CHAPTER 3 will give you some tips on style and show you how some of the basic twenty styling patterns in CHAPTER 2 can combine with other patterns. Study the examples given and described in CHAPTER 3; then let your imagination guide you to making effective combinations of the different patterns.
Analyze the sentences from professional writers to discover rhetorical subtleties and ways of achieving clarity, style, and variety.
IMAGINATION IS ONE CORNERSTONE OF STYLE
CHAPTER 4 will show you how to express your thoughts in imaginative, figurative language. Study the pattern for each figure of speech described there, and then insert an occasional one - simile, metaphor, analogy, allusion, personification, hyperbole - into your own writing. Or you might experiment with an ironical tone. Be original; never merely echo some well-known, ready-made cliché. Create new images from your own experiences.
UNDERSTANDING COMES FROM ANALYSIS
CHAPTER 5 contains excerpts from the works of experienced writers who have in incorporated patterns like the ones described. Study the marginal notes that give the pattern numbers you have learned from studying CHAPTER 2. Then analyze something you are reading; discover for yourself how writers handle their sentences and their sentences and their punctuation. Don't be afraid to imitate them when you write. You will, of course, find "patters" (arrangements of words in sentences) that are not in CHAPTER 2 of this book. Imitate others as well as the twenty we present.
Book by: Ann Longknife
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"I was very excited when I was approached to review The Global English Style Guide: Writing Clear, Translatable Documentation for a Global Market. I was even more excited when it arrived and lived up to my hopes. The guide is both comprehensive and succinct, and best of all, is full of practical examples showing text before and after it has been disambiguated. That means there finally is the definitive resource that has been lacking in the field of writing and editing for an international audience." --Wendalyn Nichols, Editor of Copyediting newsletter and editorial trainer
"John R. Kohl's masterpiece, The Global English Style Guide: Writing Clear, translatable Documentation for a Global Market, is an indispensable and thoroughly usable set of recommendations and examples. By implementing the appropriate suggestions, every technical writer can now create translatable text that can be better understood by humans and better processed by machines. Terrific work." --Leif Sonstenes, Director Sales and Marketing, Locatech GmbH
"This guide is essential for anyone who creates technical content for global audiences. John Kohl has developed a resource that should be required reading for any manager, technical communicator, or editor involved with content that will be translated for or read by international audiences. As a technical communicator working overseas, I have spent dozens of hours creating guidance for writers who develop global content. With the publication of this book, I now have a thorough, go-to reference that covers all the issues of developing global content that the other style guides do not. This text will be put to use immediately to help my writers create and improve content for translation and publication throughout the world." --Eddie Hollon, Technical Communicator,Hansem EZUserGuides, Inc
This detailed, example-driven guide illustrates how much you can do to make written texts more suitable for a global audience. Accompanied by an abundance of clearly explained examples, the Global English guidelines show you how to write documentation that is optimized for non-native speakers of English, translators, and even machine-translation software, as well as for native speakers of English. You'll find dozens of guidelines that you won't find in any other source, along with thorough explanations of why each guideline is useful. The author also includes revision strategies, as well as caveats that will help you avoid applying guidelines incorrectly.
Focusing primarily on sentence-level stylistic issues, problematic grammatical constructions, and terminology issues, this book addresses the following topics: ways to simplify your writing style and make it consistent; ambiguities that most writers and editors are not aware of, and how to eliminate those ambiguities; how to make your sentence structure more explicit so that your sentences are easier for native and non-native speakers to read and understand; punctuation and capitalization guidelines that improve readability and make translation more efficient; and howlanguage technologies such as controlled-authoring software can facilitate the adoption of Global English as a corporate standard.
This text is intended for anyone who uses written English to communicate technical information to a global audience. Technical writers, technical editors, science writers, and training instructors are just a few of the professions for which this book is essential reading. Even if producing technical information is not your primary job function, the Global English guidelines can help you communicate more effectively with colleagues around the world.
About the Author
John R. Kohl has worked at SAS Institute as a technical writer, technical editor, and linguistic engineer since 1992. For the past several years, John has devoted much of his time to terminology issues and to refining the Global English guidelines. As a linguistic engineer, John customizes and supports tools and processes that help make SAS documentation more consistent, easier to translate, and easier for non-native speakers of English to understand. John has been interested in machine translation and other language technologies for many years, and he is a charter member of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas.
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An antonym is a word that is opposite in meaning to another. The opposite of a 'synonym' is 'antonym'.
Even the best of speakers and most skilful writers often find themselves at a loss to find the word opposite in meaning to the one they have in mind. A good store of antonyms, therefore, is as important as a rich vocabulary in expressing oneself clearly, effectively and precisely.
No other language in the world perhaps has such a uniquely prolific vocabulary as English, reflecting a mind-blogging multiplicity of sources. For the learners and users of such an affluent language an exclusive book on an important aspect like antonyms should prove a great help.
The Sterling Book of Antonyms consists of a single alphabetical list of headwords, each followed by its opposite meaning. It is simple to use than a dictionary - no elaborate index to thumb through, no time-consuming turning of pages before you hit upon the right antonym.
Obviously, a book of this size cannot claim to include all the words in the language. What it provides is an exhaustive selection of words in everyday use. Obsolete words have been omitted.
If you have time and again had to rack you brains to find the 'right word opposite in meaning', this is book for you.
Book by: Gratian Vas
How To Books Ltd, | Pages: 203 | English | PDF | Size: 1.4 MB
The A–Z of Correct English is a reference book which has been written for the student and the general reader. It aims to tackle the basic questions about spelling, punctuation, grammar and word usage that the student and the general reader are likely to ask. Throughout the book there are clear explanations, and exemplar sentences where they are needed. When it’s helpful to draw attention to spelling rules and patterns, these are given so that the reader is further empowered to deal with hundreds of related words. The aim always has been to make the reader more con?dent and increasingly self-reliant. This is a fast-track reference book. It is not a dictionary although, like a dictionary, it is arranged alphabetically. It concentrates on problem areas; it anticipates di?culties; it invites cross-references. By exploring punctuation, for example, and paragraphing, it goes far beyond a dictionary’s terms of reference. It is not intended to replace a dictionary; it rather supplements it. Once, in an evening class, one of my adult students said, ‘If there’s a right way to spell a word, I want to know it.’ On another occasion, at the end of a punctuation session on possessive apostrophes, a college student said rather angrily, ‘Why wasn’t I told this years ago?’ This book has been written to answer all the questions that my students over the years have needed to ask. I hope all who now use it will have their questions answered also and enjoy the con?dence and the mastery that this will bring.
A Basic English : Grammar Exercises
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr (Sd); 2Rev Ed edition (June 1992)
Check Your Vocabulary for English for the Ielts Examination: A Workbook for Students
Rawdon Wyatt (Author)
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Peter Collin Publishing, Ltd. (August 2002)
Nonnative speakers of English will find this instructional workbook a helpful source for improving and expanding their English language vocabulary in preparation for the IELTS examination (International English Language Test for Students). Over 60 activities are provided, including word games, puzzles, and quizzes that are specifically designed to target problems areas common to nonnative speakers.
Longman English Grammar Practice
Author :L. G. Alexander
Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group (January 1990)
English Learning (books and other stuff)
I am posting some links relating english section of the paper. I hope these references will help those who want to master english language. Striving and praying for my and your success.
(1) British or American English?: A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns
Cambridge University Press | 2006-08-21 | ISBN: 0521379938 | 360 pages | PDF | 1,6 MB
Speakers of British and American English display some striking differences in their use of grammar. In this detailed survey, John Algeo considers questions
Who lives on a street, and who lives in a street?
Who takes a bath, and who has a bath?
Who says Neither do I, and who says Nor do I?
After “thank you”, who says Not at all and who says You’ re welcome?
Whose team are on the ball, and whose team is?
"The book is an impressive achievement that will set a new standard in language variation studies and serve as a rich source of knowledge for students of British and American English."
-Jan Svartvik, Emeritus Professor of English, Lund University, Language Problems & Language Planning
(2) Paragraph Writing
Macmillan ELT | 2004-09-13 | ISBN: 1405058455 | 108 pages | PDF | 3,6 MB
Paragraph Writing takes students from sentence formation to paragraph writing through a process approach. This not only develops students’ paragraph writing skills, but also encourages them to become independent and creative writers. The back of the Student’s Book contains peer review forms and a grammar reference section.
This book provides students with:
Focus on particular aspects of paragraph writing, such as topics, style and development
Writing support to help them with brainstorming, organizing ideas, writing topic sentences and supporting their ideas
Language support to help them with vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
Guidance on reviewing their own and their classmates’ writing in order to make revisions
Structured, graded writing assignments at the end of each unit.
Paragraph Writing includes 12 units and additional materials.
(3) How To Teach Pronunciation (Book with Audio CD)
Pearson ESL | 2001-05-15 | ISBN: 0582429757 | 160 pages | PDF + mp3 | 15,1 + 21,7 MB
The book has some excellent theoretical aspects, giving rules for connected speech and the like, for example. The theory is very clear, gives you a good run down on the terminology and keeps it all very real. The book really was written for the working teacher.
(4) Exploring Grammar in Context: Upper-Intermediate and Advanced
Ronald Carter, Rebecca Hughes, Michael McCarthy
Cambridge University Press (September 25, 2000) | ISBN: 0521568447 | PDF | 304 pages | 15,5 Mb
Exploring Grammar in Context draws on real spoken and written English from the most up-to-date research in the Cambridge International Corpus. Clearly structured units focus on main grammar areas with key points summarised in 'Observations and 'Summary' panels. It also offers practical support and useful reference material. Key Features: * Real spoken and written English examples of grammar as it is used today. * A wide range of exercises enable students to check their understanding and progress. * The answer key offers detailed explanations, a glossary of grammar terms and supporting grammar reference notes.
(5) Basic English Usage
Michael Swan, Oxford University Press | 1986-01 | ISBN: 0194311872 | 288 pages | PDF | 2,56 MB
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(6) Grammar Scan [with Answer Key] (By Micheal Swan)
Publisher: Oxford University Press | Pages: 239 | 2008-04-10 | ISBN: 0194422747 | PDF | 5 MB
Grammar Scan includes diagnostic tests at Upper-Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert levels to check students' knowledge of key aspects of English grammar and usage. The tests, which are designed to be used with Practical English Usage, Third Edition, help students identify the topics they need to study or revise. The answer keys refer students to the explanations in the relevant sections of Practical English Usage.
(7) Oxford Learner's Thesaurus: A Dictionary of Synonyms + CDRom | 460 MB
A learner's thesaurus of over 15,000 words and expressions from written and spoken British and American English with CD-ROM. The learner's thesaurus helps students distinguish between similar words and use them correctly. The 2,000 entries: - include between three and ten near synonyms, showing the differences between them in terms of meaning, grammar, register, collocations, and frequency; - help students understand the differences between familiar words, such as easy and simple, while learning expressions they may not know, such as effortless, painless, and smooth sailing; - provide over 4,000 notes to enable students to distinguish between very close synonyms, choose the best word for the context, and use it correctly; and - include over 2,000 opposites.
The Oxford Learner's Thesaurus also includes: - 16 study pages, focusing on specific topics with exam-style exercises; - 8-page trainer on making the best use of the Thesaurus; and - a CD-ROM of the complete Oxford Learner's Thesaurus A-Z pages and indexes, and over 200 practice exercises.
(8) Oxford English Grammar (By Sidney Greenbaum)
Oxford University Press (1996-03-28) | ISBN 0198612508 | 672 Pages | PDF |11.4 Mb
Written by one of the world's leading grammarians, The Oxford English Grammar is a completely new book which combines an authoritative review of and topic reference for English grammar. Opening with an outline of national, regional, and social variation in English, the book details descriptive and prescriptive approaches, and attitudes to English amongst both native and non-native speakers. This is followed by an account of the development of grammar, and a review of modern approaches to this complex subject. The central section of the book is a presentation of current English grammar at sentence, clause, phrase, and word level; with the last chapters covering grammar in relation to discourse, word-formation, lexis, pronunciation and intonation, punctuation, and spelling. A full index is provided, and examples of usage are drawn from a wide range of sources, including use of the new International Corpus of English at University College London. Written in a readable and absorbing style, The Oxford English Grammar is an essential reference for English-speakers around the world.
(9) Oxford Advanced Leaner's Dictionary CD-Rom
(530mb) The new COMPASS CD-ROM is only available with the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 7th edition. Compass is available with hardback and paperback editions.
The COMPASS CD-ROM gives instant access to everything that is in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 7th edition plus:
- Everything in the Oxford Guide to British and American Culture which contains over 10,000 entries on every aspect of British and American culture: from Co-op to K-mart, and Savile Row to Madison Avenue.
- British and American pronunciations for every headword.
- 20,000 word origins taken from the world-famous Oxford English Dictionary.
- This new edition is faster and more flexible, with many new features. As well as links to word processing packages, it now has links to web browsers and e-mail, so that you can use it to check unknown words and phrases on the Internet.
- All the headwords are spoken, providing a model for correct pronunciation. American voices have been added to the new edition.
- A new pronunciation practice module allows students to listen to the correct pronunciation, then record their own for comparison.
- There are over 680 interactive photos and illustrations, and thousands of images to illustrate entries and reinforce students' vocabulary.
- High-quality video sequences now illustrate over 80 verbs such as, shrug and sneer.
- There is now a spellcheck facility. Hundreds of new grammar and vocabulary activities challenge advanced learners.
- The popular language learning games have been retained, providing hours of fun through countless permutations.
An these special features:
Wordfinder: organizes words into groups according to meaning. Look up newspaper and you'll find all the words related to newspapers: editor, journalist, tabloid, broadsheet, copy, headline, etc.
Great for homework assignments or projects on unfamiliar topics!
Oxford Genie: click on a word in a Word document, email, or web page, and the Genie will give you an instant definition.
(10) Practical English Usage (CSS Syllabus Recommended)
Micheal Swan Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (November 17, 2005) | ISBN: 019442099X | 688 pages | PDF | 10,7 Mb
The world's most trusted guide to problems in English .
About the Author
Michael Swan is a writer specializing in English language teaching and reference materials. His interests include pedagogic grammar, mother-tongue influence in second language acquisition, and the relationship between applied linguistic theory and classroom language-teaching practice, and he has published a number of articles on these topics. Michael has had extensive experience with adult learners and has worked with teachers in many countries. He is a Visiting Professor at St Mary's College, University of Surrey.
(11) The New Fowler's Modern English Usage
H. W. Fowler , R. W. BurchfieldOxford University Press, USA; | ISBN: 0198610211 | 896 pages | Djvu | 11,6 Mb
Revised edition of a great book ever written on English Grammar.
(12) Oxford Practice Grammar with Answer
John Eastwood; Oxford University Press; 2Rev Ed edition (March 25, 1999) | ISBN: 0194313697 | 446 Pages | PDF | 4.3 Mb
Oxford Practice Grammar gives clear explanations of English grammar with exercises on the facing page which provide practice in form and use. The new revised edition provides some additional grammar topics and expanded treatment of others, more exercises, new progress tests at intervals throughout the book, and more illustrated dialogues and texts (the grammar presentations make frequent use of pictures and dialogues to establish contexts for use).
(13) A Practical English Grammar (CSS SYLLABUS RECOMMENDED)
A. J. Thomson , A. V. Martinet; Oxford University Press, USA; 4 edition | ISBN: 0194313425 | 384 pages | PDF | 1,6 Mb
A clear, comprehensive reference grammar.
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