Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    sdudah is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Libya
      • Current Location:
      • Libya
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    18
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default English constructions - Resources needed

    Hello,


    How I wish
    I had my childhood back! (I copied this)

    Not to mention how many people are in need (I made this one up - so it is not foolproof)


    Are there materials (books, articles, etc) taking up these kinds of English constructions?

    Also what is the field of English that studies these constructions? is it rhetoric? it is not purely grammar nor is it purely phrasal verbs nor cliches.

    Help is much appreciated,

    -Sdudah
    Last edited by sdudah; 30-Jun-2008 at 21:12. Reason: typos

  2. #2
    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    19,448
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English constructions - Resources needed

    There are several sites here with information on sentence construction: Sentence Construction

    There is also this: The Well Bred Sentence/English Grammar Tutor

  3. #3
    sdudah is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Libya
      • Current Location:
      • Libya
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    18
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English constructions - Resources needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    There are several sites here with information on sentence construction: Sentence Construction

    There is also this: The Well Bred Sentence/English Grammar Tutor
    Thanks Anglika for the useful reply. Even though I need to improve my English sentence construction skills, what I wanted was something that makes me express [complex] ideas as I do in my mother tongue. Learning sentence "grammar" alone may not realize that objective.

    After reading your post above, I made several Google search queries. Among the results was a "thesaurus of cliches", find it here. I also found my example snippet, "not to mention" there. I think that site has some useful stuff to get by, but it lacks usage examples.

    There is always more than one way to express an idea but as a native speaker you sometimes pick up a language structure or pattern from your "language bag" when you write. Aside from grammar and vocabulary, you often can tell a native writer from an English language learner by sentences flow, cues, cliches, etc.

    -Sdudah

Similar Threads

  1. More Oral English Help Needed!
    By VinVin in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Mar-2008, 16:45
  2. Composition - pls. look through for mistakes
    By popsie in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-Feb-2008, 22:12
  3. May you help me edit my first essay, please?
    By nongporz in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 26-Jul-2007, 12:12
  4. Why I learn English the language I hate
    By zhengrong in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 43
    Last Post: 22-Jul-2007, 22:30
  5. [feeling] Annoying English?!
    By Wai_Wai in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 13-Nov-2006, 08:59

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •