Understanding and Using English Grammar, Volume A, with Essential Online Resources

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2017-01-10
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL

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Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


For nearly forty years, Understanding and Using English Grammar has been the go-to grammar resource for students and teachers alike. Its time-tested approach blends direct grammar instruction with carefully sequenced practice to develop all language skills.

New to This Edition

  • Pretests at the start of each chapter enable learners to check what they already know.
  • Updated grammar charts reflect current usage and highlight differences between written and spoken English.
  • A new chapter on article usage.
  • A variety of high-interest readings include reviews, articles on current topics, and blogs that focus on student success.
  • Additional incremental practice helps learners better grasp concepts, while thematic exercises and integrated tasks offer more contextualized language use.
  • Step-by-step writing activities are supported by writing tips and pre-writing and editing tasks.
  • New Essential Online Resources include Student Book audio, Student Book answer key, Grammar Coach videos, and self-assessments.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Fifth Edition






1-1     Simple Present and Present Progressive

1-2     Simple Present and Present Progressive:  Affirmative, Negative, Question Forms

1-3     Verbs Not Usually Used in the Progressive (Stative Verbs)

1-4     Simple Past Tense

1-5     Simple Past vs. Past Progressive

1-6     Unfulfilled Intentions:  Was/Were Going To




 2-1    Regular and Irregular Verbs

 2-2    Irregular Verb List

 2-3    Present Perfect:  Since and For

 2-4    Present Perfect:  Unspecified Time and Repeated Events

 2-5    Have and Has in Spoken English

 2-6    Present Perfect vs. Simple Past

 2-7    Present Perfect Progressive

 2-8    Past Perfect

 2-9    Hadin Spoken English

 2-10  Past Perfect Progressive


Chapter 3  FUTURE TIME


 3-1    Simple Future:  Forms of Will and Be Going To

 3-2    Will vs. Be Going To

 3-3    Expressing the Future in Time Clauses

 3-4    Using the Present Progressive and the Simple Present to Express Future Time

 3-5    Future Progressive

 3-6    Future Perfect and Future Perfect Progressive 






5-1     Final -s/-es: Use and Spelling

5-2     Basic Subject-Verb Agreement

5-3     Collective Nouns

5-4     Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Expressions of Quantity

5-5     Subject-Verb Agreement: Using There + Be

5-6     Subject-Verb Agreement: Some Irregularities


Chapter 6  NOUNS


6-1     Regular and Irregular Plural Nouns

6-2     Nouns as Adjectives

6-3     Possessive Nouns

6-4     More About Expressing Possession

6-5     Count and Noncount Nouns

6-6     Noncount Nouns

6-7     Some Common Noncount Nouns

6-8     Expressions of Quantity Used with Count and Noncount Nouns

6-9     Using A Few and Few; A Little and Little

6-10   Singular Expressions of Quantity: One, Each, Every

6-11   Using Of in Expressions of Quantity


Chapter 7  ARTICLES


7-1     Articles (A, An, The) with Indefinite and Definite Nouns

7-2     Articles:  Generic Nouns 

7-3     Descriptive Information with Definite and Indefinite Nouns

7-4     General Guidelines for Article Usage

7-5     Using The or Ø with Titles and Geographic Names                   



Chapter 8  PRONOUNS


8-1     Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives

8-2     Agreement with Generic Nouns and Indefinite Pronouns

8-3     Personal Pronouns: Agreement with Collective Nouns

8-4     Reflexive Pronouns

8-5     Using You, One, and They as Impersonal Pronouns

8-6     Forms of Other

8-7     Common Expressions with Other


Chapter 9  MODALS, PART 1


9-1     Basic Modal Introduction

9-2     Expressing Necessity:  Must, Have To, Have Got To

9-3     Lack of Necessity (Not Have To) and Prohibition (Must Not)

9-4     Advisability/Suggestions: Should, Ought To, Had Better, Could

9-5     Expectation:  Be Supposed To/Should

9-6     Ability:  Can, Know How To, and Be Able To

9-7     Possibility:  Can, May, Might

9-8     Requests and Responses with Modals

9-9     Polite Requests with Would You Mind

9-10   Making Suggestions: Let’s, Why Don’t, Shall I /We


Chapter 10 MODALS, PART 2


10-1   Using Would to Express a Repeated Action in the Past

10-2   Expressing the Past: Necessity, Advice, Expectation

10-3   Expressing Past Ability

10-4   Degrees of Certainty: Present Time

10-5   Degrees of Certainty: Present Time Negative

10-6   Degrees of Certainty: Past Time

10-7   Degrees of Certainty: Future Time

10-8   Progressive Forms of Modals

10-9   Combining Modals with Phrasal Modals

10-10 Expressing Preference: Would Rather

10-11 Summary Chart of Modals and Similar Expressions


Chapter 11  THE PASSIVE


11-1   Active vs. Passive

11-2   Tense Forms of the Passive

11-3   Using the Passive

11-4   The Passive Form of Modals and Phrasal Modals

11-5   Stative (Non-Progressive) Passive

11-6   Common Stative (Non-Progressive) Passive Verbs + Prepositions

11-7   The Passive with Get

11-8   -ed/-ing Adjectives



Appendix         SUPPLEMENTARY GRAMMAR CHARTS           


Unit A: Basic Grammar Terminology

A-1     Subjects, Verbs, and Objects

A-2     Adjectives

A-3     Adverbs

A-4     Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

A-5     Preposition Combinations with Adjectives and Adverbs


Unit B: Questions

B-1     Forms of Yes /No and Information Questions

B-2     Question Words

B-3     Shortened Yes/No Questions

B-4     Negative Questions

B-5     Tag Questions


Unit C: Contractions


Unit D: Negatives

D-1     Using Not and Other Negative Words

D-2     Avoiding Double Negatives

D-3     Beginning a Sentence with a Negative Word


Unit E:  Verbs

E-1     The Verb Be

E-2     Spelling of -ing and -ed Verb Forms

E-3     Overview of Verb Tenses

E-4     Summary of Verb Tenses

E-5     Regular Verbs:  Pronunciation of -ed Endings

E-6     Pronunciation of Final -s in Verbs and Nouns

E-7     Linking Verbs

E-8      Troublesome Verbs: Raise/Rise, Set/Sit, Lay/Lie

E-9     Irregular Verbs:  An Alphabetical Reference List


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