Downing - English Grammar - A University Course 2e

The structure of this book remains essentially the same as that of the first edition. The
most obvious difference is the collapsing of chapters 11 and 12 into one (adjectival and
adverbial groups), leaving 12 (prepositions and the prepositional phrase) as the final
chapter. Following the welcome feedback from reviewers and consultants, there has
also been some rearrangement of the material: in particular, the section on negation
has been brought forward to Chapter 1, and the syntax of prepositional and phrasal verbs
is made more explicit in Chapter 2. Chapter 5 has also been rearranged, in order to clarify
the correspondences between clause types and their speech act functions.