Booklet Review: English Grammar for Language Students, by Frank X. Braun

[©1947 Frank X. Braun, Ph.D., Edwards Brothers Publishing, distributed by Ulrich’s Books Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 23 pages]

Excellent English grammar refresher for language students

Dr. Braun’s concise 23-page booklet is great for those who need a refresher course in the various terms and concepts of English grammar. As Braun states in the preface: “It is the aim of this booklet to assist the student of foreign languages in the review of those basic terms of English grammar the knowledge of which the authors of many introductory texts to foreign languages take for granted.” The terms are in alphabetical order and each concept is illustrated by at least one example.

So, in case you no longer recognize your dative from your accusative, Braun’s booklet can assist you in correctly identifying and declining the object you desire and with concurring verbal agreement.

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5 Responses to Booklet Review: English Grammar for Language Students, by Frank X. Braun

  1. Craig says:

    I hope you get my double entendre (not overtly risqué, such as the first one here).

  2. I think I do, but it took a while. I may have cheated and looked up a couple of words. :-)

  3. Craig says:

    The Dative Case is otherwise known as the Indirect Object Case, while the Accusative is the Direct Object Case. So…

    In case you no longer recognize your dative [date] from your accusative [accuser]… In Koine Greek (and I’m sure other languages) nouns are “declined” (by use of “declensions”), i.e., suffixes are added which denote person (1st person singular, 2nd person plural, etc.). The “concurring agreement” was an allusion to same with regard to verbs. I’ve been in situations in which my date was also my accuser…

  4. Hee hee. I thought perhaps it was encouraging people to ensure they presented data not accusations, which might lead them to be more agreeable. It was a long bow, I’ll admit but it still made me laugh. So did yours. :-)

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