Focus on Grammar: A High-Intermediate Course for Reference and Practice available in Paperback
Focus on Grammar features:
- Clear visual presentation of grammar
- Concise grammar explanations
- Fully contextualized grammar presentation and practice in all four skills
- Controlled and communicative practice
- Comprehensive review tests including TOEFL� Test-style questions
- From Grammar to Writing sections included in all levels
- New information gap activities throughout each book
The Focus on Grammar series is a five-level course, Introductory through Advanced.
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
PART I. PRESENT AND PAST: REVIEW AND EXPANSION.
1. Simple Present Tense and Present Progressive.
Book review of The New Age Baby-Name Book.
2. Simple Past Tense and Past Progressive.
Magazine Article about Four Famous Couples: Super Couples.
3. Present Perfect, Present Perfect Progressive, and Simple Past Tense.
Personal WebPages from a Skydiver: Jumping for Joy.
4. Past Perfect and Past Perfect Progressive.
Newspaper Article about Oprah Winfrey: Queen of Talk.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Editing for Verb Tenses.
Writing an Autobiographical Paragraph.
PART II. FUTURE: REVIEW AND EXPANSION.
5. Future and Future Progressive.
Magazine article about the Future: Presenting the Future!.
6. Future Perfect and Future Perfect Progressive.
Newsletter about Personal Finances: The Penny-Pinching Times
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Avoiding Sentence Fragments.
Writing a Personal Letter about Future Plans.
PART III. NEGATIVE QUESTIONS AND TAG QUESTIONS, ADDITIONS AND RESPONSES.
7. Negative Yes/No Questions and Tag Questions.
Transcript of On-The-Street Interviews: Around Town-It's a Nice Place to Live, Isn't It?.
8. Additions and Responses with So, Too, Neither, Not Either, and But.
Magazine Article about Identical Twins: The Twin Question: Nature or Nurture?.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Avoiding Repetition by Using Sentence Additions.
Writing a Comparison and Contrast Essay.
PART IV. GERUNDS AND INFINITIVES.
9. Gerunds and Infinitives: Review andExpansion.
Newspaper Article about the Largest International Fast-Food Chain: Mc World.
10. Make, Have, Let, Help. and Get.
Journal Article about Teaching: Two Teaching Styles.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Parallelism of Gerunds and Infinitives.
Writing a Summary of a Movie or TV Show.
PART V. PHRASAL VERBS.
11. Phrasal Verbs: Review.
Magazine Article about the Ancient Chinese Art of Feng Shui: Wind and Water.
12. Phrasal Verbs: Separable and Inseparable.
Magazine Article about Inventors and Their Inventions: Eureka!.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Using the Appropriate Degree of Formality.
Writing an Informal Letter about Current Activities.
PART VI. ADJECTIVE CLAUSES.
13. Adjective Clauses with Subject Relative Pronouns.
Newspaper article about friendship: A Word with Many Meanings.
14. Adjective Clauses with Object Relative Pronouns. Or When and Where.
Book Review of Two Autobiographies about the Immigrant Experience: Torn Between Two Worlds.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Adding Details with Adjective Clauses.
Writing an Essay about a Famous Person.
PART VII. MODALS: REVIEW AND EXPANSION.
15. Modals and Modal-Like Verbs: Review.
TV Schedule: Must See TV.
16. Advisability and Obligation in the Past.
Psychology Magazine Article: Useless Regrets.
17. Speculations and Conclusions about the Past.
Journal Article on Theories about Ancient Cultures: Close Encounters.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Organizing Ideas from Free Writing.
Writing an Informal Letter to Resolve a Problem.
PART VIII. THE PASSIVE.
18. The Passive: Overview.
Ad for Reader's Digest.
19. The Passive with Modals and Modal-Like Express The Passive with Modals and Modal-Like Expressions.
Magazine Article about an International Space Project: Close Quarters.
20. The Passive Causative.
Fashion Magazine Article about the New Body Image: Body Art.
Review or SelfTest From Grammar to Writing: Changing the Focus with Passive Verbs.
Writing a Report about a Famous Building.
PART IX. CONDITIONALS.
21. Factual Conditionals: Present.
Brochure Giving Advice to Travelers: Know Before You Go.
22. Factual Conditionals: Future.
Campaign Fliers for Two Mayoral Candidates: Daniel Baker and Gabriela Soto.
23. Unreal Conditionals: Present.
Famous Fairy Tale: The Fisherman and his Wife.
24. Unreal Conditionals: Past.
Video Review of a Movie Classic: It's a Wonderful Life.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Showing Cause and Effect.
Writing a Cause and Effect Essay.
PART X: INDIRECT SPEECH AND EMBEDDED QUESTIONS.
25. Direct and Indirect Speech.
Magazine Article about Lying: The Truth about Lying.
26. Indirect Speech: Tense Changes.
Excerpt from an Article about a Hurricane: Force Four.
27. Indirect Instructions, Commands, Requests, and Invitations.
Transcript of a Radio Interview with the Director of a Sleep Clinic: The Snooze News.
28. Indirect Questions.
Excerpt from an Article about Job Interviews: The Stress Interview.
29. Embedded Questions.
Interview of a Specialist on Tipping: The Tip.
Review or SelfTest from Grammar to Writing: Using Direct and Indirect Speech.
Writing a Letter of Complaint.
Appendix 1. Irregular Verbs.
Appendix 2. Common Non-action (Stative) Verbs.
Appendix 3. Common Verbs Followed by the Gerund (Base Form of Verb + -ing).
Appendix 4. Common Verbs Followed by the Infinitive (To + Base Form of Verb).
Appendix 5. Verbs Followed by Objects and the Infinitive.
Appendix 6. Common Verbs Followed by the Gerund or the Infinitive.
Appendix 7. Common Verb + Preposition Combinations.
Appendix 8. Common Adjective + Preposition Expressions.
Appendix 9. Common Adjectives that Can Be Followed by the Infinitive.
Appendix 10. Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives, Adverbs, and Quantifiers.
Appendix 11. Common Participial Adjectives.
Appendix 12. Some Adjectives that Form the Comparative and Superlative in Two Ways.
Appendix 13. Common Reporting Verbs.
Appendix 14. Verbs and Expressions Commonly Used Reflexively.
Appendix 15. Some Common Transitive Phrasal Verbs.
Appendix 16. Some Common Intransitive Phrasal Verbs.
Appendix 17. Spelling Rules for the Present Progressive.
Appendix 18. Spelling Rules for the Simple Present Tense: Third-Person Singular (he, she, it).
Appendix 19. Spelling Rules for the Simple Past Tense of Regular Verbs.
Appendix 20. Spelling Rules for the Comparative (-er)and Superlative (-est) of Adjectives.
Appendix 21. Spelling Rules for Adverbs Ending in -ly.
Appendix 22. Punctuation Rules for Direct Speech.
Appendix 23. Pronunciation Table.
Appendix 24. Pronunciation Rules for the Simple Present Tense: Third-Person Singular (he, she, it).
Appendix 25. Pronunciation Rules for the Simple Past Tense of Regular Verbs.