The Grammar Book

  • AUTHORS: Marianne Celce-Murcia; Diane Larsen-Freeman
  • ISBN-13: 9780838447253 
  • 854 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 2nd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 1983
  • ©1999     Published
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About The Product

In this highly acclaimed revision, grammatical descriptions and teaching suggestions are organized into sections dealing with Form, Meaning, and Use. THE GRAMMAR BOOK, Second Edition helps teachers and future teachers grasp the linguistic system and details of English grammar, providing more information on how structures are used at the discourse level.


  • Practical teaching suggestions, exercises, and questions.

About the Contributor

  • Marianne Celce-Murcia

    Marianne Celce-Murcia (Ph.D. in Linguistics, 1972) is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics and TESL at the University of California, Los Angeles, where for 30 years she taught primarily graduate students, preparing to be language teachers and researchers. Beyond her work at UCLA, she taught in and administered English language programs in Nigeria (1964–1966), Egypt (Fall, 1980), Canada (Summer, 1983), and Armenia (2003–2007). She has lectured and led workshops all over the U.S. and in many other countries as well. In addition to her co-authorship (with Diane Larsen-Freeman) on the three editions of "The Grammar Book," she is co-editor (with Donna Brinton and Marguerite Ann Snow) of the fourth edition of "Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language" (2014) and series co-editor (with Maggie Sokolik) of the five-volume, content-based "Grammar Connection" series (2008–2009), all with Cengage Learning, who (as Heinle & Heinle) presented her with their lifetime achievement award in 1997. At UCLA Marianne was honored for distinguished teaching both as a graduate student (1964) and as a professor (1976).

  • Diane Larsen-Freeman

    Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, and Former Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Dr. Larsen-Freeman has been a conference speaker in over 60 countries of the world and has published over 100 articles in her areas of interest. Her Heinle/Cengage titles include "The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning, and Use for English Language Teachers" (third edition, 2015, co-authored with Marianne Celce-Murcia), "From Grammar to Grammaring" (2003, authored), and the fourth edition of "Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use" (2007, Series Director). From 1980–1985, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was Editor of the journal "Language Learning." In 1997, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, she was selected by ESL Magazine as one of "the ESL pioneers." In 2000, she received the lifetime achievement award from Heinle & Heinle.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Grammatical Metalanguage
3. The Lexicon
4. The Copula and Subject-Verb Agreement
5. Introduction to Phrase Structure
6. More Phrase Structure Rules
7. The Tense and Aspect System
8. Modal Auxiliaries and Related Phrasal Forms
9. The Tense-Aspect-Modality System in Discourse
10. Negation
11. Yes/No Questions
12. Imperatives
13. Wh-Questions
14. Other Structures That Look Like Questions
15. Articles
16. Reference and Possession
17. Partitives, Collectives, and Quantifiers
18. The Passive Voice
19. Sentences with Indirect Objects
20. Adjectives
21. Prepositions
22. Phrasal Verbs
23. Nonreferential It and There as Subjects
24. Coordinating Conjunction
25. Adverbials
26. Logical Connectors
27. Conditional Sentences
28. Introduction to Relative Clauses
29. More on Relative Clauses
30. Focus and Emphasis
31. Complementation
32. Other Aspects of Complementation and Embedded Clauses
33. Reported Speech and Writing
34. Degree: Comparatives and Equatives
35. Degree: Complements and Superlatives
36. Conclusion

New to this Edition

  • Three new chapters: "Grammar for Teachers with Minimal Background," Tense/Aspect/Modality in Discourse," and "Adverbials."
  • New chapter organization and updated research findings.
  • Structures specially treated at the discourse level.