ENG3B04 ENGLISH GRAMMAR AND USAGE
AIM OF THE COURSE: This course aims at preparing undergraduate students to learn how to use language
with a proper knowledge of the nuances of structure and usage of English. It aims at a recapitulation of English
grammar and usage that learners would have acquired at the lower levels
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:
a. To familiarize the students with the key concepts of English grammar and to use them more sensitively
in their day-to-day communication needs.
b. To help students towards a better language use through the understanding of the sentence patterns in
c. To help the students develop a sense of English grammar, idioms, syntax, semantics and their usage.
d. To develop the logical and analytical skills in the use of language for communication.
e. To familiarize students with contemporary English usage
A. COURSE SUMMARY
Module 1: 18 hrs
Module 2: 10 hrs
Module 3: 15 hrs
Module 4: 15 hrs
Module 5: 20 hrs
Evaluation: 12 hrs
Total: 90 hrs
B. COURSE DETAILS:
Module 1: Basic Grammatical Units:
1. Form class and Function words
2. Identifying the Grammatical labels and Functional labels of words
3. Verb in Function—Gerund , Infinitives, Participles—their uses
4. Synonyms, Antonyms, Precise Use
5. Mood and Modality
6. English Morphology – Compounding, Affixation, Inflexion, Derivation
7. Phrasal verbs and idioms
Module 2: The Sentence
1. Word order and Sentence Pattern
2. Coordination and Subordination
Module 3: Sentence Transformations: A Relook at Traditional Categories
1. Tag questions
2. Active passive
3. Direct and indirect
4. Simple, complex, Compound
5. Movement – Collocation
Module 4: Important Grammatical Concepts:
1. Time, Tenses and Aspects
2. Lexical Verbs and Auxiliary verbs: Their uses
3. Anomalous Finites
4. Subject—Verb agreement in sentences
5. Degrees of Comparison
Module 5: Practical Exercises:
1. Reorder jumbled sentences
2. Correct the given sentences according to accepted Modern usage and justify the changes made
3. Paragraph Editing (with more focus on grammatical corrections)
4. Translate a passage from Mother Tongue to English
CORE TEXT: A text containing the above lessons will be made available
Gleason, H. A. Linguistics and English Grammar. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc. 1965.
Leach, Geoffrey & Ian Savaitvik. A Communicative Grammar of English. ELBS.
Murphy, Raymond. English Grammar. Cambridge University Press, 2005
Quirk R. & Sidney Greenbaum. A University Grammar of English. ELBS.
Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Thomson, A. J. and Martinet. A Practical English Grammar Combined Exercises Vol. 1 & 2. . Oxford
Quirk, Randolph. The Use of English. Longman, 1968.
Sailaja, Pingali. Indian English. Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
- Teacher: Dr Reenu George Faculty