English Grammar for Writing

ISBN-10: 0618251898

ISBN-13: 9780618251896

Edition: 2005

Authors: Mark Honegger

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With many students arriving at college-level composition courses lacking a thorough grounding in grammar, English Grammar for Writing aims to support both instructors and students in addressing this gap. This text focuses on high-frequency grammar and style issues such as punctuation, passives, and parallelism. The text simplifies the technical complexity of grammar by focusing on how to teach writing and the conventions of good writing. It is based on the theory that once students know basic grammar rules and functions, they will then have the confidence and the framework to view language coherently and systematically. When that framework is in place, students can apply their grammatical knowledge to the writing assignment they encounter in their classroom. "Speech versus Writing" (Chapter 1) discusses how the distinction between speech and written text goes right to the heart of the connection between grammar and writing. This chapter demonstrates how punctuation and the other conventions of writing replace the resources that speech or visual images inherently possess, such as verbal intonation and clearly visible signs. "Structuring Information in Writing" (Chapter 11) presents advice on skillfully using intonation and structuring informationmaterial that is not included in most grammar textbooksas well as guidance on using punctuation, passive voice, and variations in word order to convey intent most effectively. This chapter can also offer students insight into writing problems that may be hard to diagnose. "Written Standards and the Oral Varieties of English" (Chapter 13) focuses on linguistic diversity by featuring sections on the grammatical systems of Black English and Appalachian English, Standard English, and Dialects, and the use of descriptive versus prescriptive language. Visual elements such as sophisticated cartoons show students the humorous aspects of language and help illustrate the power of language.
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List price: $114.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 11/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Speech vs. Writing
The Most Important Technology
Writing vs. Pictures
Writing vs. Speech
Sender's Efficiency vs. Recipient's Understanding
The Differences between Speaking and Writing
Why Writing Is Harder Than Speaking
The Major Parts of Speech What's a Part of Speech?
Content Words Tests for Identification
Difficult Cases Application to Writing
The Minor Parts of Speech Some Selected Closed Classes
Application to Writing
Phrases: The Art of Chunking What Are Phrases?
Classifying Phrases Heads Clauses
More on Phrases
Sentence Diagrams Counting Phrases
Diagramming Infinitive Verb Phrases and Possessive Noun Phrases
Diagramming Present Participle Verb Phrases
Diagramming Modal Phrases
Diagramming Subordinate Clauses
The Challenges of Phrase Boundaries
Application to Writing
Grammatical Roles: Distinguishing Identical Elements
Verb-Phrase Patterns
Identification Rules for Grammatical Roles
Application to Writing
Adverbials and Other Elements in the Clause
The Other Elements: Examples of Grammatical Necessity Adverbials Application to Writing
Passive? Tense? What's on That Verb?
Tense More than Temporal Information Tense-Aspect Forms
How to Tell Them Apart Tense in Writing Passives
Changing Voice
The Interaction of Tense with Voice Application to Writing Postscript
Putting Words Together: Coordination, Subordination, and Parallelism
Coordination
Punctuation for Coordination
Subordination
Punctuation for Subordinate Clauses
Parallelism
Conceptual Parallelism
What's the Problem with Parallelism Errors?
A Note on Punctuation in Parallel Structures Application to Writing
A Note on Some Marks of Punctuation
The System of Modifiers Adverbials Adjectivals Absolute Phrases
The Structure of Sentences with Modifiers
The Placement of Modifiers
Structuring Information in Writing Intonation
New and Old Information Vague Errors Reordering the Sentence Placement of Modifiers
Word Choice and Intonation
Word Choices The Dictionary vs. the Lexicon
Commonly Confused Words
English Spelling
Subject-Verb Agreement Respect in Language
Gender-Neutral Language
The Written Standard and the Oral Varieties of English Linguistic Diversity
The System of Black English
The System of Appalachian English Standard
English and Dialects Descriptive vs. Prescriptive
Appendix: The Grammatical Analysis of Literature
Metrical Analysis
Grammatical Analysis of Poetry
Grammatical Analysis of Prose
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