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ENGL A211F Structure of Modern English Assignment Due Date: 20 Dec, 2012 (Thursday, @ 5pm) Notes to students Please submit your assignment to the ENGL A211F Assignment Collection Box located near the General Office of the School of Arts and Social Sciences. For late submissions, 5 marks will be deducted per day late. Your assignment will not be marked if it is more than 3 days late. Please observe the word limit. You must give a word count for each of your answers. Marks will be deducted if you exceed the word limit by 50 words. Please remember that you must not just copy sections out of the readings but you must rephrase and explain everything you use. You should use quotations or paraphrase, and indicate your sources clearly in your reference list.

Your work must be word-processed. Please use Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 spacing. On the cover page of your work, please put down your name, student number, and tutorial group number. Remarks Other than your lecture notes, you are encouraged to look for other reference materials to help you in writing the essays. You may refer to books and journal articles from the library (including your textbook), try not to rely on the Wikipedia or other non-scholarly websites.

Question 1 (50%; max. 600 words) Explain the similarities and differences between Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammars. Do you think that one type is more important/superior than the other type? Why and why not? Question 2 (50%; max. 600 words) In the traditional classification, word classes like articles, demonstratives, possessives, quantifiers, and numerals are subtypes of adjectives labeled “limiting adjectives”. In the contemporary classification, they are reclassified as subtypes of “determiners”. What are the various functions of “determiners”? What are the advantages of using this new classification?

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