English Grammar Books

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Aug 31, 2017 03:23
Today I went to the city library to return books. After giving back three Chinese books, I headed to the English section to return two English books. While lining up, I saw a young guy in front of me returning his preliminary English course books, which were bestsellers in China. His books included a grammar book and a textbook called “New Concept English.”

This scene suddenly evoked my memories from many years ago. Back in my high school years, I also studied books like those. In China, students study English grammar in high school, but not in university anymore, so it’s been quite a long time since I last exclusively studied the grammatical rules of English. During the last year, I’ve practiced English a lot and written English entries on Lang-8 whenever I had time. Thanks to this community, I’ve made big progress in English grammar. Knowing the rules is one thing, but using them is quite another.

In the library, on a whim I borrowed a grammar book, one of the most popular grammar guidebooks here in China. I still felt the need to brush up on the English tense and countable/uncountable nouns. Well, after flipping through a few pages of this book, I found that it used very abstruse/verbose language to explain some simple rules. I’d say this book may confuse its audience - - beginners, and is likely to undermine their confidence. However, I’m not a beginner and hope to learn something from it.