Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences: A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 8, 2009 - Reference - 176 pages
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An extraordinary handbook: with clarity and humor, it tells the story that even good writers have been longing to hear.

This is not a comprehensive tracking of every nut and bolt that ever came loose within an English sentence; it is a focused discussion of the narrow range of problems that American writers typically face. From confusion over grammar to tangles with usage, to questions about punctuation, Janis Bell addresses them with transparency and grace. She discusses the issues, gives plenty of examples, provides quizzes and answers, and makes sure that readers are engaged throughout.
 

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Contents

Pronouns
4
Agreement
18
NounPronoun Agreement
24
quiz on agreement
30
Present Perfect
36
quiz on tense and usage
46
quiz on mood
60
Compound Adjectives
66
answers to quiz
86
Connectives
88
Transitional Adverbs
101
Redundancies
107
quiz on connectives
110
Semicolons
120
Double Quotation Marks
127
Single Quotation Marks
131

Adjective Clauses
74
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80

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About the author (2009)

An English professor and writing consultant since 1973, Janis Bell teaches writing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, where she currently resides.

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