Grammar and Style Book All You Need to Master the Rules of Great Writing

ISBN-10: 1598694529
ISBN-13: 9781598694529
Edition: 2nd 2008
Authors: Susan Thurman
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Description: Good grammar enhances the impression you make on people the minute you open your mouth or put pen to paper. If you've struggled to master grammar and style, look no further than this straightforward and entertaining guide.

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Publication date: 3/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.15" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Good grammar enhances the impression you make on people the minute you open your mouth or put pen to paper. If you've struggled to master grammar and style, look no further than this straightforward and entertaining guide.

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Introduction
What's in a Word?
Spelling It All Out
Making More: Forming Plurals of Nouns
So Many Rules!
Unlocking the Secrets of Root Words, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Checkpoint
Cracking the Code of Punctuation
Avoiding the Problem of Miscommunication
The End of the Road
May I Quote You on That?
Quotes Within Quotes: Single Quotation Marks
Checkpoint
More Fun with Punctuation
The Dreaded Apostrophe
Cutting It Short: Contractions
What's Mine Is Yours: Possession
Joint Versus Individual Possession
A Rare Occasion: Using an Apostrophe to Form a Plural
Commendable Comma Comments
Using Commas with Compound Sentences
Checkpoint
Punctuation Pairs
Cleansing Your Colon
The Serviceable Semicolon
The Power to Divide and Unite: The Hyphen
May I Interrupt? The Dash
The Inside Scoop: Parentheses
Making a Rare Appearance: Square Brackets
Checkpoint
Wrapping It All Up
Getting Fancy: Italics and Underlining
Angling for Some Attention: Angle Brackets
What You're Not Saying...Ellipsis Points
Slash It All! The Slash/Virgule/Solidus
Checkpoint
Parts of Speech-the Big Eight
Step Right Up and Name Your Noun
Pithy Pronouncements on Pronouns
Three Little Questions for Adjectives
Show Me the Action (and the Being): Verbs
Admirable Advice about Adverbs
What's Your Position on Prepositions?
Who Put the Junction in Conjunction?
Heavens to Betsy! and Other Interjections
Checkpoint
More Pieces of the Puzzle
Here Come the Hybrids: Verbals
The Starring Roles: Subject and Predicate
Making It Complete: Complements
Checkpoint
Let's Have a Few Words
Finding Fundamental Phrases
Bringing It Up a Notch: Clauses
Putting It All Together: Constructing Sentences
Keeping the Harmony: Subject-Verb Agreement
Checkpoint
Pertinent Points about Pesky Pronouns
Introducing the Pronoun
The Numbers Game: Problems with Agreement
When in Doubt: Vague Pronoun References
One, Two, Three: What Person for Me?
Making a Case for Pronouns
Who and Whom: A Different Slant
Checkpoint
Figuring Out Some Finicky Forms
Let's Talk Tenses
Those Irritating Irregular Verbs
What Kind of Mood Are You In?
Comparatively Speaking
Avoiding Double Negatives
Checkpoint
Keeping It Coherent
Manglers of Meaning: Misplaced Modifiers
Dangling and Squinting Modifiers
Parallelism in Writing
Logically Speaking
Checkpoint
Shaping Strong Sentences
A Few Words about Fragments
Reining In Run-on Sentences
Transitional Words and Phrases
Classifying the Connectors
The Biggest Bugbears
Checkpoint
In Plain English, Please
Steering Clear of Cliches
No Need to Repeat Yourself!
When Less Is More
Close, but No Cigar: Misused Phrases
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Whose Mistakes Are Worst of All?
Checkpoint
Putting Pen to Paper
Practical and Profitable Preliminaries
Out in the Open: The Outline
Delineating the Details of Your First Draft
Relax and Leave Your Writing Alone-For Now
Checkpoint
The Final Dress Rehearsal
Rereading, Revising, and Rewriting
The Proof Is in the Reading
When Really Bad Is Really Good
Checkpoint
Maximizing Your Means of Expression
Short Takes
Business and Technical Writing
If X, Then Y: The Cause-and-Effect Essay
Learning to Look Beyond the Obvious
The Abridged Version: The Precis
The Process Paper
Digging Up the Details: The Research Paper
Checkpoint
Getting Personal
Taking a Stand: The Argument Essay
Advancing an Assessment: The Critical Analysis
Dear Diary: The Journal
Painting Word Pictures: The Essay of Description
The Autobiographical Narrative
An Opportune Occasion to Offer an Opinion
Egads! E-mail
Checkpoint
Literary Terms You Need to Know
Echoing Your English Teachers: The Basics
Beyond the Basics
In Praise of Prose
Praising Points of Poetry
Poetry-The Beat and the Feet
Oh! The Drama of It All!
Checkpoint
Latin-Alive and Kicking!
It's Everywhere! Everyday Latin
Ex Obscuritate in Lucem (From Ignorance to Learning)
Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat (Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse)
Feeling a Little Under the Weather? Latin in Medicine
Sacred Settings: Latin in Church
Checkpoint
Foreign Languages in Everyday American English
Neighbors to the South: Spanish
The French Connection
Achtung!-Paying Attention to German
For the Italian in All of Us
Come Together Right Now: Other Languages
Checkpoint
999 of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words
Root Words, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Suggested Substitutes for Wordy Phrases
Checkpoint Answers
Index

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