The Return of the Grammar Guru

Editions JFD
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Louis and Mr. Walters are back! Presented in the form of a Socratic dialogue like its predecessor, The Return of the Grammar Guru aims to both instruct and entertain its readers through give-and-take conversations between the Grammar Guru, a retired linguistics professor who runs a pub near the university campus, and Louis, an aspiring English teacher with an insatiable thirst for grammatical knowledge and beer. Through a series of weekly encounters with the Guru, Louis learns about:

•The difference between the infinitive and the gerund, as in He tried to be nice to his boss and He tried being nice to his boss.

•The use of the article in English, which can make the difference between He admired Picasso and He admired the Picasso.

•The difference between Didn’t you bring any beer? and Didn’t you bring some beer?

•The contrast between bare noun and genitive constructions, as in Someone stole our car tires and Someone stole our car’s tires.

•The use of the demonstratives in There was this guy walking down the street and There was that guy walking down the street.

•The effect of adverb position on meaning, as illustrated by the difference between She shared her experience generously and She generously shared her experience.

•The subtle difference between With no job Rob would be happy and With no job would Rob be happy.

Rather than overwhelm his listener with endless rules, the Guru makes grammar come to life by focusing on the meaning of the various grammatical forms. Also included in the book is a series of meaning-based exercises that allow readers to test their knowledge of the forms discussed in the book.

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About the author

 

Patrick Duffley

Patrick Duffley is a full-time linguistics professor at Laval University’s Faculté les lettres et sciences humaines. He has published extensively in the field of English semantics and is the author of three books including The English Infinitive and The English Gerund-Participle. He currently resides in Sillery, Quebec.

Ryan Fisher

Ryan Fisher holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Laval University and has taught ESL at the Cégep and university level. He co-authored the Grammar Guru and the Return of the Grammar Guru and also contributed to the Looking Ahead series of ESL textbooks. The Grammar Geek was inspired by his own teaching experience as well as his adventures as a student working in the Rocky Mountains in the 1990s. He currently teaches at Cégep Garneau in Quebec City and resides in Lévis, Quebec with his family. 

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Publisher
Editions JFD
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Published on
Dec 13, 2018
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Pages
184
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ISBN
9782897990305
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Language
French
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Grammar & Punctuation
Young Adult Nonfiction / Language Arts / Grammar
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