Writing Talk Sentences and Paragraphs with Readings

ISBN-10: 0131523619

ISBN-13: 9780131523616

Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)

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Description: It is the author's intention to treat writing as an extension of one' speech; to speak correctly is the key to learning to write and use grammar correctly. Grammar in the native speaker is a built-in skill, rather than an added on one and the best sense for grammar is in the ear. They suggest that there are not errors of bad grammar; instead, there are errors of inappropriate usage. The book offers full coverage of the writing process, the patterns of paragraph development, sentence grammar, and mechanics and usage. Abundant contextual exercises, writing examples and careful explanations of grammar rules appear throughout the book. For any one looking to refresh their fundamental grammar skills or in need of a book to serve as a primary reference.

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List price: $86.60
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Born in Belgium, the daughter of an American minister, Jo Ray had moved from Brussels to Paris to Bern, Switzerland, by the time she was seven years old. In Bern, she attended the Freies Gymnasium and spoke not only fluent French and German but also English, which was the language spoken to her by her American parents. The snow-covered alps and the Swiss penchant for sports were the natural incentive for Jo Ray's love of ice skating, skiing, swimming, and tennis. After enduring World War II, with its ignominious holocaust and heroic feats by the Allies, Jo Ray's parents sent her and her brother to Pacific Union College (in the Napa Valley), where Jo Ray received a B. A. in English. After teaching English and French in high school for several years, Jo Ray started to take night classes at the University of Southern California in order to earn an M.A. and Ph.D., which would allow her to teach in college. While working on her doctorate, she was first hired to teach English at Glendale Community College and later to serve as Dean of the Evening College. A chance meeting in 1973 with Anthony Winkler, a successful novelist whose stories are usually set in Jamaica, led to a literary partnership that has produced fifteen coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the United States.

The ESL Student and the Native Speaker
Differences Between a Native and an ESL Student
Pronunciation
Homonyms
Context
Grammar
Idioms
Myths About Writing
Myths About Writing
Standard English
How to Start Writing
Freewriting
Keeping a Journal
Brainstorming
Clustering
The Topic Sentence
Moving from Sentences to Paragraphs
Supporting Details
Writing a Solid Paragraph
Begin with a Discussible Point
Stick to the Point
Prove the Point; Donrsquo;t Merely Repeat It
Link the Sentences
Revising Paragraphs
What Is Revision?
The Revising Checklist
Using Talk Skills to Revise Your Work
Getting Rid of Wordiness
The Basic Sentence
Subject and Verb
Kernel Sentences
Sentences Worded as Questions
Prepositional Phrases
Action Verbs and Linking Verbs
Helping Verbs
Verbals
Compound Subjects and Verbs
Building Sentences
Dependent and Independent Clauses
Three Basic Sentence Types
Sentence Variety
Avoiding Non-Sentences
Sentence Fragments
Avoiding Sentence Fragments
Run-on Sentences
Verbs-An Overview
Twelve Tenses
Present Tense Endings
Past Tense Endings
Problems with ndash;ing verbs
Difficult Verbs: Be, Have, Do
Regular and Irregular Verbs
Regular Verbs
Irregular Verbs
Problem Verbs: Lie/Lay, Sit/Set, Rise/Raise
Lie/Lay, Sit/Set, Rise/Raise: Does It Really Matter?
Subject-Verb Agreement
Do, Does, Doesnrsquo;t, Donrsquo;t, Was, Were, Wasnrsquo;t, Werenrsquo;t
Indefinite Pronouns
Phrases Between a Subject and Its Verb
Sentences Beginning with There/Here
Questions
Compound Subjects Joined by And, Or, Either/Or, or Neither/Nor Who, Which, and That
Problems with Verbs
Shifts in Tense
Would Have, Could Have, Should Have, and Must Have
Double Negatives
Active and Passive Voice
Using Pronouns Correctly
Antecedent Problems
Agreement Problems
Sexist Use of Pronouns
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