The Comic English Grammar


Read by Ruth Golding

(4.9 stars; 17 reviews)


This is a basic grammar, treating of the parts of speech, syntax, versification, pronunciation and punctuation.

The listener is warned that there is quite a dated feel about this little grammar as the author, in keeping with the times (1840), is a frightful snob about social classes, scathing about 'vulgar speech' and also sometimes quite rude about American turns of phrase. The author is not remotely as comical as he thinks he is, but it has its moments. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

(3 hr 38 min)

Chapters

Preliminary Discourse 8:16 Read by Ruth Golding
Part I Orthography 18:11 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 1 Parts of Speech 8:18 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 2 Articles 3:28 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 3 Substantives 13:09 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 4 Adjectives 6:13 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 5 Pronouns 13:18 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 6 Verbs 21:28 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 7 Adverbs 3:28 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 8 and 9 Prepositions and Conjunctions 3:48 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. II Etymology Ch. 10 Derivation 7:09 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. III Syntax Rule I 13:20 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. III Syntax Rules II - XV 18:07 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. III Syntax Rules XVI to XXII 14:47 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. IV Prosody Ch. 1 Pronunciation 28:53 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. IV Prosody Ch. 2 Versification 23:12 Read by Ruth Golding
Pt. IV Prosody Ch. 3 Punctuation 3:41 Read by Ruth Golding
Address to Young Students 9:52 Read by Ruth Golding

Reviews

(5 stars)

While it is mainly an educational book about grammar, it provides fun insight into English language and culture. Ms. Golding perfectly applies the accents and feelings for all the example quotes.