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Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style

ISBN-10: 1592571158

ISBN-13: 9781592571154

Edition: 2nd 2003

Authors: Laurie Rozakis, Laurie E. Rozakis

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List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

No Uncertain Terms
Are You Grammarphobic?
How Can You Tell If You're Grammarphobic?
Word Power
Term Limits
What Is Style?
A Civil Tongue: Standards for Effective Communication
Conan the Grammarian
Sweet Dreams Aren't Made of These
Perversity Rules
Personal Writing Inventory
Mission Possible
Under the Grammar Hammer
Parts of Speech: Coming to Terms
Nouns: Prime-Time Players
Verbs: All the Right Moves
Conjunctions: The Ties That Bind
Prepositions: Good Things Come in Small Packages
Terms of Endearment: More Parts of Speech
Adjectives: Happy Little Clouds
Adverbs: Who Ya Gonna Call?
Pronouns: Pinch Hitters
Interjections: Zap! Pow! Wow!
Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Take a Shower
Altered States: Verbs
Shape Shifters
Verb Tense: Nothing a Little Prozac Wouldn't Cure
All Tensed Up: Using Verb Tense Correctly
Person, Number, and Mood
Active and Passive Voice: A Mistake Has Been Made
Woe Is I: Pronouns and Case
Why Can't a Pronoun Be More Like a Noun?
Head Case: The Three Cases
The Rules
Who Versus Whom (or Should I Just Shoot Myself Now?)
Multiple-Vehicle Wrecks: Pronoun Reference
How's That Again?
It Just Proves There's Someone for Everyone
Location, Location, Location: Placement of Pronouns
A Match Made in Writer's Heaven
How to Write and Speak Good: Adjectives Versus Adverbs
They Walk Alike, They Talk Alike: You Could Lose Your Mind
Three Degrees of Separation
Tough Sledding: Using Adjectives After Linking Verbs
A Note on Adjectives and Adverbs for Non-Native Speakers
Don't Use No Double Negatives
Reaching an Agreement: Matching Sentence Parts
Anyone Got a Match?
Collective Nouns
Indefinite Pronouns
Walk This Way
Agree to Disagree
Nose to the Grindstone
Dazed and Confused: Common Usage Dilemmas
Dangling Modifiers: Counterintelligence
Misplaced Modifiers: Lost and Found
Mixed Metaphors: A Dollar Late and a Day Short
Split Infinitives: To Boldly Go Where Everyone Else Goes
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Usage and Abusage
Phrases: Prime-Time Players
Phrases of the Moon
Prepositional Phrases: The Big Daddy of Phrases
Appositives: Something More for Your Money
Verbal Phrases: Talk Soup
Clauses: Kickin' It Up a Notch
Clauses: Phrases on Steroids
Subordinating Conjunctions Link 'Em Together
Adverb Clauses: Hot Shots
Adjective Clauses: Paint by Numbers
Noun Clauses: What's in a Name?
Connect the Dots
Sentence and Sensibility
I Know It When I See It: The Sentence
Sentence Structure: The Fab Four
Sentence Functions: The Four Tops
Alley Oops
Coordination and Subordination: What to Say When the Cops Come
Coordination: All the Right Moves
Subordination: What I Did for Love
Duke It Out: Coordination Versus Subordination
Parallel Structure: Trod the Straight and Narrow
Tools of the Trade
The Writer's Tools: Round Up the Usual Suspects
Pencil Pusher
Using the Dictionary: You Could Look It Up
Electronic Grammar Software: Help Is Only a Button Away
The Thesaurus: War of the Words
Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends
Punctuation Matters
Show Me the Money
Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Mark: The End of the Line
The Comma: A Major Player
Constant Commas
The Semicolon: Love Child of the Comma and the Period
The Colon: What a Party Animal
Semi-Tough
Quotation Marks: Quote/Unquote
Not Separated at Birth: The Dash and the Hyphen (and Let's Add the Ellipsis for Fun)
Parentheses and Brackets: Bosom Buddies
Slash and Burn
Apostrophes
Capitalization and Abbreviations: Go to the Head of the Class
Capitalization: A Capital Idea
Abbreviations: Good Things Come in Small Packages
Guide to Spelling: Hooked on Phonics
Bee a Good Speller
If U Cn Reed This
Quick and Dirty Tricks of the Trade
Attaching Prefixes and Suffixes: Bits and Pieces
Contractions: Suck It In
Follow the Rules! Spelling Rules
See and Say
Spelling Demons
Style: All the Write Stuff
What Is Style, and How Do I Get Some?
Style: Write On!
The 3C's: Consistency, Coherence, Clarity
I'll Have What's on His Plate
Lie Like a Rug
In Style
Audience: People Who Need People
Model Behavior
Four Play
Stylish Sentences
Flexible Flyers
Punctuation and Style: Little Things Matter a Lot
Conciseness: The Department of Redundancy Department
Slash and Burn
Thrift, Thrift, Thrift
Diction: Find the Right Word, Not Its First Cousin
Diction: Proper Words in Proper Places
Tone-on-Tone
Ten Distinctions Worth Making (or at Least Worth Being Able to Make!)
Twenty-Five Headaches
Homophones: Give Piece a Chance
Don't Go There: Words and Expressions to Avoid
Sexist Language: Political Roadkill
Top of Your Game
Spin Doctors
The Cliche Expert
In Your Write Mind
Business Writing: Write Angles
Letter Perfect
Resumes and Cover Letters: Get on the Fast Track
Bread-and-Butter Notes
Good News, Bad News
Personal Writing: In Your Write Mind
Friendly Letters: My Baby, She Wrote Me a Letter
B & B Revisited
Letters of Opinion
E-Mail: Instant Gratification
Appendixes
Glossary
Model Documents
Guide to Grammar and Usage
Index