English Grammar For Economics And Busin

Topics: English language, Oxford English Dictionary, English grammar Pages: 301 (60166 words) Published: November 11, 2014
English Grammar For Economics
And Business
For students & professors with English as a Foreign
Language
Patricia Ellman

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Patricia Ellman

English Grammar For Economics
And Business
For students & professors with English as a
Foreign Language

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English Grammar For Economics And Business: For students & professors with English as a Foreign Language
2nd edition
© 2014 Patricia Ellman & bookboon.com
ISBN 978-87-403-0653-8

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English Grammar For
Economics And Business

Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements

7

Introductory Remarks and Reference Works Consulted

8

1Explanations of Common Errors in Alphabetical Order

22

2Confusion Between Certain Words

86

3

Notes on Style

103

4The Finishing Touches: 22 Basic Tips for the
Final Editing of Texts and Theses − a Checklist

114

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Contents

5Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Definite
and the Indefinite Article (but Were too Confused to Know Where to Begin)

118

Section 1: Analysis of presence or absence of the definite articles in various foreign languages

123

Section 2: The first Diagnostic Test

133

Section 3: The most widely-used constructions using the definite and indefinite articles

140

Section 4: Final remarks on the use of the and a/an (not always as articles)

Section 5: R
 eference essay: A key to the application of the
80 Rules for using/not using the articles

157

164

Section 6: C
 oncluding remarks to Chapter 5

186

6

About the Author

188

7Endnotes

189

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I will not go down to posterity talking bad grammar.

Benjamin Disraeli1

(written when correcting the proofs of his last Parliamentary speech on 31 March 1881)2

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English Grammar For
Economics And Business

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements
First, I must thank all the economics and business students who provided the raw material (i.e. the grammatical errors) and raison d’être for this guide.
I am equally grateful to Professor Peter Nijkamp and the late Professor Piet Rietveld of the Department of Spatial Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (including the Center for Entrepreneurship) of the VU University of Amsterdam for kindly giving their time to read the first draft, and suggesting a number of additional points of English grammar that often perplex writers of English as a foreign language. In addition, Professor Jeroen van den Bergh of the Department of Economics and Economic History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, went through the whole text forensically, and gave valuable feedback. And, at a later stage, Professor Peter Wakker of Erasmus University, Rotterdam allowed me access to his own 84-page aide-memoire on the intricacies of English usage, which generated some extra ideas....

Citations: e.g.
White and Brown (2000) wrote the paper on this topic.
or
White and Brown’s (2000) paper on this topic is the seminal contribution.
(see, e.g., Smith, 2000).
(see, e.g., Smith, 2000; White, 2002; Young, 2008).
name (e.g. Smith et al., 1999). Do not forget the full stop (.) after ‘al.’ if using British English;
there is no full stop after ‘et al’ in American English.
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