QUESTION 2 - IS LOGICALLY STRUCTURED ENGLISH GRAMMAR COMPLETE?
Date: [this is an updated old posting, previous to LSEG4 edition]
. . actually, ESL students
are obliged to buy 3 or 4 grammar books of a suite to really learn the
essence of the English grammar. However, it seems that your book is
complete and this is a true . . ."
". . . when I started my English courses I attended
an online course using an intermediate Cambridge University Press
Grammar book, and resource from the World Wide Web. This is what led me
to buying your book, because I never discovered such a complete
reference . . ."
[The above words do form a question, though it is too
long; therefore, we have selected only the most significant paragraphs.]
D G - Quebec, Canada
language, English included, may be easily learned and assimilated when
starting with its Grammar. However, a lot of Internet sites and
countless TV shows promote
English by conversation". No, it doesn't work that way,
Note that it is one
thing learning to speak English; however, controlling the
English meaning (orally and in writing) just cannot be achieved via
conversation. In fact,
most English natives (and alarmingly many native school graduates) exhibit great problems
these days when they try to explain
anything--in addition to weather, games, slang, or fashion-stuff. Fact
is, if we do not know Grammar, then we have no idea of what we are
(really) taking about!
Grammar is the simple (though perfectly sufficient) structure of a language: its skeleton. Once you
become able to control it, then the addition of new words/meanings/ideas
becomes a routine task. In addition, note that Grammar is a universal
science: it works the same for any language on the Planet (and in the entire Universe)!
By the time LSEG4 was issued in June 2014, we have been working on
(universal) Grammar for about two decades. We have researched tens of
reputable grammar books, and hundreds of Internet articles, therefore we
know what it is out there in terms of (useful) English grammar. Logically Structured
English Grammar 4 is indeed the most thorough/complete reference of grammar
available on the market, because it was designed that way on purpose. However, note
that being just "complete" is not sufficient for a good grammar book. A
serious English grammar book is required:
1. to be indeed complete, starting from
Phonetics, and ending in Punctuation (plus Style);
2. to present grammatical topics logically;
3. to present grammatical mechanisms in simple structures, easy to
understand (even visually, if possible, to help beginners most);
4. to present grammar from two perspectives: Morphology and Syntax;
5. to present the "universal English grammar", not some
regional, or national version.
Each element in the above vertical list is extremely
important. For example, in order to implement a logic structure in
LSEG4 we (at Corollary Theorems) had to go back to the grammar first
designed by mathematicians, in 17th century!
Unfortunately, it is a known fact that (Grammar and also) English grammar is no longer taught
properly in schools, anywhere on the Planet.
The trick is, if you want
to learn English grammar, then you have to spend a few good years in
"training courses", and you have to pay tons of good money for that.
Mastering English grammar is no joke. However, the good news is, now you
can do that the easy way, by yourself, with LSEG4!