It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

ISBN-10: 158008740X
ISBN-13: 9781580087407
Edition: 2010
Authors: June Casagrande
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 7/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

June Casagrande is the author of the humorous grammar column "A Word, Please," which appears in community newspapers in Southern California, Texas, and Florida. Her articles have appeared in the "Los Angeles Times" and other publications.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Sentence: The Writer's Most Important Tool
Who Cares? Making Sentences Meaningful to Your Reader
Conjunctions that Kill: Subordination
Movable Objects: Understanding Phrases and Clauses
Size Matters: Short versus Long Sentences
Words Gone Wild: Sentences that Say Nothing-or Worse
Words Gone Mild: Choosing Specific Words Over Vague Ones
A Frequently Overstated Case: The Truth about Adverbs
Are Your Relatives Essential? Relative Clauses
Antique Desk Suitable for Lady with Thick Legs and Large Drawers: Prepositional Phrases
Dangler Danger: Participles and Other Danglers
The Writing was Ignored by the Reader: Passives
You Will Have Been Conjugating: Other Matters of Tense
The Being and The Doing are The Killing of Your Writing: Nominalizations
The The: Not-so-Definite Definite Articles
The Writer and His Father Lamented his Ineptitude: Unclear Antecedents
To know Them is to Hating Them: Faulty and Funky Parallels
Taking The Punk out of Punctuation: The Problem with Semicolons and Parentheses
You Don't Say: Descriptive Quotation Attributions
Trimming The Fat: Expressions That Weigh Down Your Sentences
The Major Overhaul: Streamlining Even the Most Problematic Sentences
On Breaking the "Rules": Knowing When to can the Canons
Grammar for Writers
Punctuation Basics for Writers
The Deadliest Catches: The Most Incriminating Errors and How to Avoid Them
About the Author
Index

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