Rhetorical grammar: grammatical choices, rhetorical effects

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Longman, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 324 pages
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Most writers, even very good ones, would probably admit to a lack of knowledge of and confidence regarding grammar. Many can write good sentences; but shouldn't they be able to discuss them, thinking about alternatives? And many can punctuate their sentences; but shouldn't they, too, be able to explain why? The place in the writing process where a knowledge of grammar often makes the biggest difference is in the revision process. This book therefore provides its readers with the tools to have more confidence in their writing, to have the ability to talk about why they made the writing choices they did, and to see the versatility, beauty and vast possibilities of language. Presenting grammar as a rhetorical tool, this book avoids the "do's and don'ts" so long associated with grammar. It reveals to readers the system of grammar they already know subconsciously, encouraging them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers. In addition to providing key strategies for revision, the book presents systematic discussions of audience expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modifiers, diction, and other principles. Writers, teachers, and anyone who writes in general.

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User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

This is a great book that makes the connection between grammar/usage and writing. We want to use this at school but it's out of print and the price is 53 dollars. Does anyone know of an alternative with the same approach? Read full review

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User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

This instructional grammar book was well-written and had many clear examples and exercises to help anyone learn grammar. I read this for a modern grammar class and benefited greatly from it. Read full review


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