The Knots in English: A Manual for Caribbean Users
$21.00
The Knots in English: A Manual for Caribbean Users
By Merle Hodge
US$ 21.00
Book Description

We all write: emails, letters, articles, proposals, reports, press releases, essays and examinations. But for Caribbean English-speakers, writing ‘proper’ English is often a challenge since we are in fact Creole-speakers.

In The Knots in English, Merle Hodge capitalises on her 25 years of teaching experience to break down the differences between English grammar and Creole grammar and provide users with a key tool in improving language proficiency. It uses straightforward examples to demystify the English language for the student, teacher, professional and everyday user alike. Knots is divided into 8 sections and is laid out in an easy to follow format, complete with answers. One of its best features is that users may consult individual sections for clarification on particular points or work through each section from beginning to end.

Since its initial publication in 1997, The Knots in English has established itself as the go-to guide for teaching and learning English in the Caribbean and is intended primarily as an English language teaching support. The Knots in English will prove valuable to all Caribbean English-speakers.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Basics
    • A. Word Classes or “The Parts of Speech”
      • A1 NOUNS
      • A2 PRONOUNS
      • A3 ADJECTIVES
      • A4 VERBS
      • A5 ADVERBS
      • A6 PREPOSITIONS
      • A7 CONJUNCTIONS
      • A8 INTERJECTIONS
      • A9 WORD CLASSES/WORD SLOTS
    • B. The Sentence
      • B1 WHAT IS A SENTENCE?
      • B2 THE SUBJECT
      • B3 THE OBJECT
      • B4 THE INDIRECT OBJECT
      • B5 THE COMPLEMENT
      • B6 PHRASES AND CLAUSES
  • Noun Forms
    • C. Number
      • C1 SINGULAR AND PLURAL
      • C2 DIFFERENT WAYS OF ADDING S
      • C3 OTHER PLURAL FORMS
      • C4 PLURAL MARKERS: CREOLE V. ENGLISH
      • C5 COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS
      • C6 USE OF DETERMINERS
      • C7 ARTICLES: WHEN TO USE AN
      • C8 NOUNS WITH QUANTITY EXPRESSIONS
      • C9 ONE OF...
      • C10 NOUNS ENDING WITH A SOUND LIKE S
      • C11 SOME PROBLEM NOUNS
    • D. Possession
      • D1 FORMING THE POSSESSIVE
      • D2 FORMING THE POSSESSIVE WITH OF
      • D3 THE POSSESSIVE: COMMON ERRORS
      • D4 POSSESSIVE NOUNS V. ADJECTIVAL NOUNS
  • Verb Forms
    • E. The Present Simple Tense
      • E1 FORMING THE PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE
      • E2 USES OF THE PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE
      • E3 WHEN TO PUT THE S
      • E4 THE PRESENT TENSE: CREOLE INFLUENCE
      • E5 THE VERB TO BE
      • E6 IDENTIFYING THE HEAD WORD
      • E7 PRESENT TENSE VERBS IN JOINED SENTENCES
      • E8 VERB BEFORE SUBJECT
      • E9 THERE IS/ARE
      • E10 RELATIVE PRONOUN AS SUBJECT
      • E11 SUBJECTS WITH QUANTITY EXPRESSIONS
      • E12 VERBS ENDING WITH A SOUND LIKE S
      • E13 UNCHANGEABLE NOUN AS SUBJECT
      • E14 QUESTION FORM OF THE PRESENT TENSE
      • E15 NEGATIVE FORM OF THE PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE
      • E16 DOUBLE NEGATIVES
      • E17 PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE: NEGATIVE QUESTIONS
      • E18 WHERE NOT TO PUT THE S
      • E19 THE VERB TO BE: QUESTION FORM
      • E20 THE VERB TO BE: NEGATIVE FORM
      • E21 THE VERB TO BE: NEGATIVE QUESTIONS
    • F. The Past Simple Tense
      • F1 FORMING THE PAST SIMPLE TENSE
      • F2 VERBS WHICH DO NOT CHANGE
      • F3 PAST TENSE VERBS IN JOINED SENTENCES
      • F4 VERBS ENDING WITH A SOUND LIKE D
      • F5 QUESTION FORM OF THE PAST SIMPLE TENSE
      • F6 NEGATIVE FORM OF THE PAST SIMPLE TENSE
      • F7 WHEN NOT TO USE PAST TENSE FORM
      • F8 THE VERB TO BE: PAST SIMPLE TENSE
      • F9 WERE IN IF-CLAUSES
      • F10 COULD AND WOULD
    • G. The Past Participle
      • G1 IDENTIFYING THE PAST PARTICIPLE
      • G2 THE PAST PARTICIPLE AS ADJECTIVE
      • G3 THE PRESENT PERFECT TENSE
      • G4 THE PAST PERFECT TENSE
      • G5 THE PASSIVE VOICE
      • G6 NOTABLE PAST PARTICIPLES
      • G7 VERBS ENDING WITH D, T, OR EN
    • H. The Present Participle
      • H1 THE PRESENT PARTICIPLE AS NOUNAND ADJECTIVE
      • H2 THE CONTINUOUS TENSES
      • H3 CONFUSING THE PARTICIPLES
  • Answers
  • Index
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