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Essentials of English Grammar

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This classic text presents the chief facts of English grammar, giving the student a real insight into the structure of the language. Grammatical rules are laid out in a clear, concise way and are illustrated with carefully selected examples.
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Published December 31st 1933 by Routledge (first published December 1st 1933)
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Valerie
I'm pretty sure this is not the edition I read, but I would be at a loss to say exactly which edition I DID read.

This is a very hard book to get through. Jespersen doesn't spare his readers, and it would be a mistake to approach the work without a very thorough grounding in the history and structure of the English language.

With that background, the book still isn't easy reading. But it's the most thorough grounding in English grammatical and phonetic principles available, and repays the effort.
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