A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage with 2009 MLA Update

Front Cover
Macmillan, Jul 14, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 528 pages
0 Reviews
This student-friendly grammar guide helps students recognize, correct, and avoid the most common and serious grammar and usage errors. The text breaks complex concepts down into simple lessons, each focusing on a single essential skill. Everyday language and easy-to-remember tips make grammar easy to understand, and clear examples and diagrams show, rather than just tell, how to identify and correct problems. Hundreds of exercises in the book and thousands more at Exercise Central provide students with plentiful practice.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Grammar without Tears
1
Unit One Understanding the Basic Sentence
7
Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
32
Using Correct Verb Tenses
57
Understanding Pronouns
78
Placing and Punctuating Modifiers
127
Using Commas Correctly
149
Using Apostrophes Correctly
211
A Commonsense Writing Guide
385
Brief Documentation Guide
429
Guide to Grammar Terminology
435
Glossary of Commonly Confused Words
449
Glossary of Commonly Misspelled Words
452
Glossary of Common TwoWord Verbs
454
Answer Key
457
Index
487

Using Other Punctuation and Capitalizing Words
247
Writing Clear Sentences
296
ESL Choosing the Right Article
317
ESL Using Verbs Correctly
346
ESL Index
494
Correction Symbols
497
Finding What You Need in This Book
498
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

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.

Bibliographic information