A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage

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Macmillan, Nov 24, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 540 pages
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A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage is just what its name suggests: a straightforward, student-friendly grammar guide. The text’s modular lessons break down complex grammatical concepts with plain-language explanations, handy tips, and visual examples that show — rather than just tell — students how to recognize, correct, and learn to avoid errors in grammar. With hundreds of exercises in the book and thousands more available online for free at Exercise Central, students get ample practice finding and fixing errors in their writing. The text also includes writing coverage and brief documentation guides for MLA and APA, making it a useful reference for a variety of college courses. Read the preface.
 

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Contents

Grammar without Tears
1
Unit One Understanding the Basic Sentence
18
Unit Two Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
43
Unit Three Using Correct Verb Tenses
68
Unit Four Understanding Pronouns
87
Unit Five Using Commas Correctly
135
Unit Six Using Apostrophes Correctly
202
Unit Seven Using Other Punctuation and Capitalizing Words
229
Brief Documentation Guide for MLA
431
Brief Documentation Guide for APA
437
Guide to Grammar Terminology
441
Glossary of Commonly Confused Words
456
Glossary of Commonly Misspelled Words
459
Glossary of Common TwoWord Verbs
461
Answer Key
464
Index
493

Unit Eight Writing Clear Sentences
265
Unit Nine ESL Choosing the Right Article
293
Unit Ten ESL Using Verbs Correctly
322
Unit Eleven Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
359
Unit Twelve A Commonsense Writing Guide
387
ESL Index
500
Correction Symbols
502
Finding What You Need in This Book
503
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LARRY BEASON is associate professor of English and director of composition at the University of South Alabama. His teaching interests include composition, grammar, and the teaching of writing. He has published in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English and Journal of Business Communication.   MARK LESTER, former professor of English at Eastern Washington University, is the author of over a dozen books on grammar and linguistics. He has served as the chair of the department of English as a Second Language at the University of Hawaii and chair of the department of English at Eastern Washington University.

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