Building Better Grammar

ISBN-10: 0495905143

ISBN-13: 9780495905141

Edition: 2013

Authors: Gina Hogan

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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Subjects, Verbs, and Subject-Verb Agreement
The First Building Block Subjects
Singular and Plural Nouns
Types of Nouns
Subject Pronouns
Indefinite Pronouns
Identifying the Subject
Simple and Compound Subjects
Recognizing Subjects in Tricky Situations
Subjects in Imperative Sentences
Subjects as Distinct from Prepositional Phrases
Subjects in Declarative Sentences with Here and There
Subjects in Interrogative Sentences
Sentences with Gerunds and Infinitives as Subjects
Chapter One Skills Review: Subjects
The Second Building Block Verbs
Action and Being Verbs
Simple and Compound Verbs
Verb Tenses
The Simple Tense
Simple Present
Simple Past
Simple Future
The Perfect Tense
Present Perfect
Past Perfect
Future Perfect
The Progressive Tense
Present Progressive
Past Progressive
Future Progressive
The Perfect Progressive Tense
Present Perfect Progressive
Past Perfect Progressive
Future Perfect Progressive
Regular and Irregular Verbs
Regular Verbs
Tricky Situations with Regular Verbs
Irregular Verbs
Tricky Situations with Irregular Verbs
Verb Tense Consistency
Active and Passive Voice
Chapter Two Skills Review: Verbs
The Third Building Block Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
Rules for Subject-Verb Agreement
Singular Subject Rules
Plural Subject Rules
Subject Agreement and Regular and Irregular Verbs
Tricky Situations in Subject-Verb Agreement
Sentences That Start with Prepositional Phrases
Sentence Starting with Here, There, What, Where, and Why
Sentences with Either/or, Neither/nor, and Or
Sentences with Interrupters
Chapter Three Skills Review: Subject-Verb Agreement
The Fourth Building Block Pronouns
Pronoun Usage
Subjective Case
Objective Case
Possessive Case
Other Pronouns
Who vs. Whom
Demonstrative Pronouns
Relative Pronouns
Interrogative Pronouns
Reflexive Pronouns
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Pronoun Agreement with Person
Pronoun Agreement with Number
Tricky Situations with Pronouns and Numbers
Pronoun Agreement with Gender
Chapter Four Skills Review: Pronouns
Clauses and Kinds of Sentences
The Fifth Building Block Clauses
Types of Clauses
Independent Clause: A Clause That Makes Sense on Its Own
Dependent Clause: A Clause That Requires More Information to Make Complete Sense
Chapter Five Skills Review: Clauses
The Sixth Building Block Kinds of Sentences
Simple Sentences
Sentence Variety
Joining Independent Clauses: Compound Sentences
Coordinating Conjunctions
Adverbial Conjunctions
Joining an Independent Clause with a Dependent Clause: Complex Sentences
Subordinating Conjunctions
Joining Multiple Independent and Dependent Clauses: Compound-Complex Sentences
Chapter Six Skills Review 1: Kinds of Sentences
Chapter Six Skills Review 2: Sentence Combining
The Seventh Building Block Avoiding Common Sentence Errors
Comma Splices
Chapter Seven Skills Review: Common Sentence Errors
Descriptors, Modifiers, Parallelism
The Eighth Building Block Adjectives and Adverbs as Modifiers
Descriptive Modifiers
Common Mistakes with Adjectives and Adverbs
Comparative and Superlative Forms
Regular Adjectives and Adverbs
Irregular Adjectives and Adverbs
Four More Tricky Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter Eight Skills Review: Adjectives and Adverbs
The Ninth Building Block Using Modifiers Correctly
Misplaced Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Chapter Nine Skills Review: Dangling or Misplaced Modifiers
The Tenth Building Block Parallelism
Parallelism with Pairs
Parallelism with Lists
Parallelism in Comparisons (Than or As)
Parallelism with Paired Expressions
Chapter Ten Skills Review: Parallelism
The Eleventh Building Block Comma Use
Commas Used to Separate
Commas and Conjunctions
Commas and Items in a List
Commas and Introductory Expressions
Commas to Enclose
Commas and Interrupters
Commas and Direct Address
Commas with Dates and Addresses
Chapter Eleven Skills Review: Commas
The Twelfth Building Block Other Types of Punctuation
Dash - and Parenthesis ()
Hyphen -
Quotation Marks " "
Chapter Twelve Skills Review: Punctuation
Parts of Speech
Appendix A Skills Review: Identifying Parts of Speech
Create Spelling Lists
Learn the eilie rule
Know Commonly Misspelled Words
Know Commonly Confused Words
Know Word Endings
Appendix B Skills Review: Spelling
English as a Second Language Concerns
Appendix C Skills Review: ESL Concerns
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