Things Your Grammar Never Told You A Pocket Handbook

ISBN-10: 020532973X

ISBN-13: 9780205329731

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

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This pocket-size handbook is sophisticated, distinguished by its witty and irreverent tone and by the simplicity of its explanations. Explanations are clear and quickly usable; and often intimidating topics are treated in a light, sometimes offbeat, and non-threatening manner. Things Your Grammar Never Told You is designed to delight and instruct, to attract students with its humor, and to support teachers with its essential editing advice. Browsing throughout the book, students find clear explanations laced with wit and illustrated with funny examples that model good editing and writing practices. Using the book to edit papers, students find tips on using their computers to turn advice into action. Experienced writers find advanced stylistic precepts and a wealth of examples to support their growth as writers throughout their college years. It will serve situations in which instructors want a handbook that students will consult independently, and that will encourage students to edit autonomously. Students will return again and again to this handbook for its good advice and wry humor.
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List price: $53.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 4.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

Simple Sentences
Empty Phrases
Needed Words
Lively Verbs
Specific Nouns
Sexist Language
Confusing Shifts
Mixed Constructions
Illogical Connections
Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers
Split Infinitives
Variety (A Tiny Style Handbook)
Sentence Beginnings
Combining Choppy Sentences
Varying Sentence Structure
Extending Sentences
Passive versus Active Voice
Subject-Verb Agreement
Special Problems with Verbs
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Adverbs and Adjectives
Sentence Boundary Errors
Special Problems of English as a Second Language
Helping and Main Verbs
Omitted Subjects, Expletives, or Verbs
Repeated Subjects or Objects
A Few Words About Words
How Words Make Meaning
How Usage Changes Meaning
Social Idiom
Word Pairs
Changes in Meaning, Form, or Function
Inappropriate Tones
Glossary of Usage
Punctuation Lite
Don't Guess! Look It Up!
Commas Are Required
Following the first independent clause (one which can stand by itself) in a compound sentence
Following introductory dependent clauses, those which define other clauses and phrases
Separating items in a series
Separating coordinate adjectives
With nonrestrictive phrases and clauses
With sentence interrupters
With personal titles, addresses, and dates
Within direct address, short answers to questions, tag questions, quotations
For certain special F/X
Commas Are Not Allowed
Separating compound elements that are not independent clauses
Between subjects and verbs or between verbs and objects
Before or after a series
Separating cumulative adjectives, adverbs, and adjectives, or an adjective and the noun it modifies
After a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, or, nor, yet, so)
Before an indirect quotation
After such as or like
With a question mark or an exclamation point
Before a parenthesis
Semicolons Are Required
Connecting closely related independent clauses
With a conjunctive adverb (however, moreover, consequently) or other transitional phrase connecting independent clauses
Separating items in a series with internal punctuation
Semicolons Are Not Allowed
After a dependent clause
After an introductory phrase
Between independent clauses joined with a coordinating conjunction
Before a list
Colons Are Required
Introducing lists
Introducing appositives
Introducing quotations and formal statements
Between closely related independent clauses
With salutations of formal letters, between title and subtitle, to separate city from publisher and date in bibliographic entries, to indicate hours and minutes, and to show proportions
Colons Are Not Allowed
Between a verb and its object or complement
Between a preposition and its object
After such as
Apostrophes Are Required
With contractions
With possessives
Plurals of letters, numbers, and words used as words
Apostrophes Are Not Allowed
With possessive pronouns (his, hers, its, ours, yours, theirs, whose)
With words that are not possessive
Quotation Marks
Quotation Marks Are Required
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With titles of short works and parts of long works
With words referred to as words in certain contexts
When Quotation Marks Are Used with Other Punctuation Marks
With periods and commas at the ends of word groups
With colons and semicolons at the ends of word groups
With question marks and exclamation points
As single quotation marks for quotations within quotations
For an informal quotation within a sentence
Quotation Marks Are Not Allowed
Around familiar expressions or humorous comments
Around indirect quotations
Other Punctuation
Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points
Proofreading Marks
Details, Details
The Customs of Print
Sensible Spelling
Spelling Rules
If Stephen King Wrote a Spelling Test (Frequently Misspelled Words)
Miscellaneous Mechanics
Italics and Underlining
Your Documentation, Please
In-Text Citation
Works Cited
MLA Manuscript Format
APA In-Text Citation
APA Manuscript Format
Chicago Manuscript Format
Supporting a Thesis
Organizing Ideas and Sources
Supporting Each Point
Sample Paper MLA
Sample Paper APA
Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
General Advice on Manuscript Format
Page Layout
A Little Grammar (Never Hurt Anyone)
A Little Grammar Test
Parts of Speech
Parts of a Sentence
Direct Objects
Indirect Objects
Object Complements
Intransitive Verbs
Further Reference
A Little Usage Test
Answers to the Little Usage Test
Another Little Grammar Test
Answers to the Little Grammar Tests
Glossary of Grammatical Terms
Parts of Speech
Parts of a Sentence
Online References
Grading Symbols
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