Elements of English

A Series by Raymond Long

Elements of English: Silent Letters
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Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,280. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
The letter b in debt and the k in know are silent. The gh in though is silent, but the gh in tough sounds like f. When are letters silent? There are some clear rules, but many exceptions. This short book aims, with a minimum of jargon, to teach the rules and principles of English spelling so that learners can work out when a letter should be silent. Exceptions to the normal rules are also listed.
Elements of English: Verb Forms, Regular and Irregular
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Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,810. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Many books on English verbs list only three parts: "ride, rode, ridden". This book goes further, listing ten parts. It consistently shows differences like "shrunk, shrunken" and "rotted, rotten". It lists irregular nouns like "liar" and passive adjectives that can have active meanings, like "accomplished". And it groups irregular verbs with similar forms, to show the patterns behind the groups.
Elements of English: Palatal Sounds
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Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,450. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
The English words create and quest both end with a t-sound. But add -ion, and creation ends with "shun", question with "chun". Proceed ends with a d-sound, but add -ure and procedure ends with "jur". Add -ion and the d changes to ss, so procession ends with "shun". The s in vision and pleasure is pronounced like the j in French. This book explains the principles behind these sounds and spellings.
Elementos del Inglés: Las Letras Mudas
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Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,660. Language: Spanish. Published: May 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
La letra "b" en la palabra inglesa "debt" y la letra "k" en "know" no tienen sonido. Como la "h" en castellano, estas letras son mudas. En la palabra inglesa "though", las letras "gh" son mudas, pero en "tough" representan el sonido de "f". ¿Cuales letras son mudas en inglés? Este libro enseña las normas que rigen cuando las letras deberían ser mudas, y enumera las excepciones a estas normas.