Revised Editions of Books I, II and III of Essential Engtish have already been produced; this present edition brings Book IV into line with its three companion volumes. The book has been com-pletely overhauled; those parta that the experience of teachers and students had proved to be of interest and valué have been retained, the rest has been replaced by newer and, it is hoped, more interesting, material. In this task I have had most generous and valuable assistance from teachers and students in all parts of the world, both in conversations that I have had with them and in letters they have written to me. One thing that partícula rly impressed me in these letters and conversations was the lively interest that was shown in the “characters” of the book— especially in Hob! I have therefore tried to tell something more about them in this book; to revealthe my stery of Hob that has aroused so much curiosity; to follow Jan’s romance; to see Olaf and Pedro and Lucille leaving Mr. Priestley’s class and starting out in life. The scene, too, has widened. Thanks to Hob’s some-what unusual relatives we get something of the atmosphere of the industrial north; with the aid of Olaf we visit Scotland, from Pedro we hear about Cambridge and (a completely new depar-ture) there is a leap across the Atlantic. In “ The American Scene ” Lucille records her lively impressions of life in America, and Mr. Priestley, in addition to his talks on some of the more picturesque events and outstanding figures in Engíish history and literature, touches also on the history artd literature of America.
On the linguistic side, attention is paid to some of the points of formal grammar not previously dealt with, e.g. the infinitive, participles, gerunds, the complernent, word order, etc. There is, too, a full treatment of prepositions, and particular stress has been laid on the usage of the chief phrasal verbs.
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