|Book of the Month|
|English Grammar: Modal Verbs|
Here we look at another book which is only available as an online digital product. In fact, this is not really a 'book' at all. It is only nine pages long. This seems very short indeed, until one realizes that this is an example of how digital technology is changing the way that we do things. What this author seems to be doing is selling a complete book, one chapter at a time. A look at the Kindle Store on Amazon shows at least half a dozen similar 'books' which cover other parts of English Grammar such as phrasal verbs, adjectives, conditionals and the perfect. If you add all these together you would get something close to a traditional English grammar book, at a price of around twenty dollars. So what we have here is an interesting idea. Instead of one book with all the grammar the author thinks that you need, here is a set of guides to different types of grammar and the student can pick the subjects he wants to study. It is rather like the difference between a restaurant with a fixed meal and one where you can choose the items you want from a menu. Another advantage is that, if you do not like this author's particular approach, you can stop with the one chapter without having purchased the rest of the book.
As the title shows, we chose to look at the guide to modal verbs. Modal verbs are used - always with another verb - to show things like probability or obligation. That is, how likely it is that something happened, or whether we need to do something, and how important it is that we should do it. The author explains the grammar clearly, and where more explanations are needed, he links to an internet site with more details. For example, he says that modal verbs do not have a participle form. The word 'participle' in the text is hyperlinked, so that tapping the link takes you to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia entry on the subject.
|Verdict: An unusual and interesting idea
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