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Easy Guide to Writing

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ISBN-10: 0131849549

ISBN-13: 9780131849549

Edition: 2006

Authors: Pamela D. Dykstra

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Easy Guide to Writingoffers a fresh approach to learning sentences. It explains grammar in an easy-to-understand instruction, making the abstract concrete. This book gives readers instruction on how to write effective sentences and offers guided practice in writing complex sentences (such as sentence combining exercises).Easy Guide to Writinggives users a sense of how sentences work, presenting punctuation as an integral part of creating meaning. This book also includes instruction on whole discourse.Part 1covers the essentials of writing effective sentences: the basic sentence, dependent clauses, the punctuation that involves sentence boundaries (period, comma, semicolon), as well as the…    
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List price: $101.20
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 5/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Differences between Writing and Talking
Ways to Improve Your Writing
Increase Your Vocabulary
Welcome to This Book
Sentence Essentials
The Basic Sentence
Subjects and Predicates
Sentences and Bicycles
Identifying Subjects and Predicates
Expanding the Parts
Adjectives Ending in -ed
Adjectives in Comparisons
Longer Adjectives
Double Comparisons
Prepositional Phrases
CHART: Common Prepositions
Dependent Clauses
Subordinating Conjunctions
CHART: Common Subordinating Conjunctions
Using Subordinating Conjunctions
Using Commas
Sentence Combining
More Dependent Clauses
The Relative Pronouns Who, Which, and That
Placing Clauses Correctly
Using Who, Which, and That
Sentence Combining
Combining Sentences with That
Combining Sentences with Which
Combining Sentences with Who
HOW TO Decide: Comma or No Comma
Sentence Fragments
Missing-Subject Fragments
Missing-Verb Fragments
Dependent Clause Fragments
CHART: Common Subordinating Conjunctions
CHART: Common Relative Pronouns
Added-Description Fragments
Added-Detail Fragments
-ing Fragments
To Fragments
Finding Fragments
HOW TO Find Fragments
Punctuating Sentences
Periods and Semicolons
Run-on Sentences
Correcting Run-on Sentences
Finding Run-on Sentences
HOW TO Find Run-ons
Check Pronouns
Look for Ands and Sos
Using Commas
CHART: Summary of Commas
Rules 1 and 2
Commas with Items in a Series
Single Words
Groups of Words
Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions
CHART: Coordinating Conjunctions
HOW TO Decide: Comma or No Comma
Use a Comma
Do Not Use a Comma
Rules 3, 4, and 5
Commas with Additions on the Front
Commas with Additions in the Middle
Commas with Additions on the Back
Helpful Hint
Word Choice
CHART: Regular Verb Forms
Present Tense
CHART: Present Tense
Future Tense
Past Tense
The Infinitive
Helping Verbs
Active Voice
Passive Voice
Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
CHART: Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
Can and Could
Will and Would
Subject-Verb Agreement
Subjects and Verbs
CHART: Present Tense
The Verbs Be, Do, and Have
The Verb Be
CHART: Present Tense and Past Tense
Present Tense
Past Tense
Using Contraction
The Verb Do
CHART: Present Tense and Past Tense
Present Tense
Using Contraction
Past Tense
The Verb Have
CHART: Present Tense and Past Tense
Present Tense
Using Contraction
Helpful Hint
Singular Subjects
Collective Nouns
CHART: Groups Often Treated as Singular
Plural Subjects
Tricky Agreement Situations
Prepositional Phrases
There Is/There Are and Here Is/Here Are
Irregular Verbs
CHART: Verb Forms
A List of Irregular Verbs
Easily Confused Words
Pronoun Types and Reference
Personal Pronouns
CHART: Personal Pronouns
Indefinite Pronouns
CHART: Common Indefinite Pronouns
Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
CHART: Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
Pronoun Reference
Avoiding Vague Reference
Avoiding a Shift
Pronoun Agreement and Placement
Agreement with Singular and Plural
A Common Problem
Solution 1
Solution 2
Recognizing Subject and Object
A Common Problem
Pronoun Placement
Fine-Tuning Sentences
Choosing Words Carefully
Avoiding a Shift in Tense
Omitting Double Negatives
Omitting Unnecessary Words
Avoid Repeating the Subject
Delete Empty Words
Get Straight to the Point
Replace Wordy Phrases
Combine and Condense Sentences
Using Specific Words
Parallel Structures
Similar Forms
Basic Setup
Paired Words
Not Only...But Also
Sentence Variety
Additions on the Front
Prepositional Phrases
Infinitive Phrases
-ing Additions
Helpful Hint
Additions in the Middle
-ing Additions
Additions on the Back
Punctuation and Mechanics
Apostrophes and Quotation Marks
Helpful Hint
HOW TO Use -s and an Apostrophe Correctly
Helpful Hint
Quotation Marks
Short Works of Art
Direct Quotations
Capitalization and More Punctuation
Capital Letters
Proper and Common Nouns
CHART: Proper Nouns and Common Nouns
Compass Directions
Family Relationships
Capitalizing Additional Nouns
Abbreviations for People and Organizations
Abbreviations for Time
Words in Titles
More Punctuation Marks
Commas-Additional Uses
Separating Two Adjectives
Opening and Closing a Letter
Setting Off Parts of a Date
Setting Off Parts of an Address
Setting Off Numbers
Exclamation Points
Question Marks
Writing Paragraphs and Essays
The Writing Process
Discovering Ideas
Organizing Ideas
Finding a Main Idea and Support
Sketching an Outline
HOW TO Outline a Paragraph
HOW TO Bypass Roadblocks
HOW TO Revise
Using Standard Format
Checkpoints for Papers
The Main Idea
Convincing Support
Organized Support
Using Time Order
Using Order of Importance
Sticking to the Point
Connected Support
Transition Words
CHART: Transition Words
Key Words or Ideas
Transition Sentences
The Conclusion
HOW TO Write a Conclusion
Writing Prompts for One- to Two-Paragraph Papers
Essay Diagram
Introductory Paragraph
Helpful Hint
Supporting Paragraphs
Ordering Ideas
Time Order
Order of Importance
Helpful Hint
Outlining Ideas
HOW TO Outline an Essay
Concluding Paragraph
Writing Prompts for Essays
Basics for Nonnative Speakers
Nonnative Speaker Information
Count Nouns
Noncount Nouns
Common Determiners
A, An, and The
This, That, These, and Those
CHART: Proximity and Number
Some and Any
Verbs Followed by an Infinitive
Verbs Followed by an -ing Verb Form
Verbs Followed by either an Infinitive or an -ing Verb Form
Verb Forms Used as Adjectives
Prepositions with Verbs
Prepositions with Adjectives
Order of Adjectives
Sentence Structure
Using Although and Because
Answers to Self Tests
Glossary of Grammatical Terms