Grammar By Diagram, second edition: Understanding English Grammar Through Traditional Sentence Diagraming

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Broadview Press, Jul 10, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 456 pages
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Grammar by Diagram, second edition is a book designed for anyone who wishes to improve grammatical understanding and skill. Using traditional sentence diagramming as a visual tool, the book explains how to expand simple sentences into compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences, and how to employ verbals (infinitives, gerunds, and participles) and other structures for additional variety. The text addresses the most frequent usage errors by explaining how to distinguish between adjectives and adverbs; how to avoid problems of pronoun case, agreement, and consistency; how to ensure that verbs will agree with their subjects and will be appropriate in terms of tense, aspect, voice, and mood; and how to phrase sentences to avoid errors in parallelism or placement of modifiers. Six appendices incorporate further exercises, a summary of key basics from the text, and supplemental material not included in the body of the text but useful for quick reference. This new edition includes additional exercises and has been revised and updated throughout.
 

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User Review  - K. Rivera - Goodreads

A very comprehensive guide to grammar study. I learned more about grammar with this book than any other previous grammar book I tried. It is structured for college use, so I would suggest reading a basic grammar book first. Read full review

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User Review  - Katrina - Goodreads

Nerd alert! I loved this book! A good challenge. I bought it to brush up on my skills and it was a wonderful refresher course. Read full review

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Contents

The Eight Parts of Speech
17
Basic Sentence Patterns for Be and Linking Verbs
45
Basic Sentence Patterns for Intransitive and Transitive Verbs
63
Usage Problems Associated with Adjectives and Adverbs
101
Combining and Expanding Patterns Compound Structures
117
Combining and Expanding Patterns Complex Sentences with Noun Clauses
131
Combining and Expanding Patterns Complex Sentences with Adverb and Relative Clauses and the CompoundComplex Sentence
145
Usage Problems of Case Agreement and Consistency
179
Punctuation and Capitalization
275
Sentence Transformations
319
Additional Exercises no answers provided
339
Verb Conjugations See and Be
343
Irregular and Troublesome Verb Forms
347
Summary of Clauses and Verbals
351
Diagraming Summary
355
Commonly Confused Words
361

Verbs
201
Verbals
219
Usage Problems Associated with Verbs and Verbals
255
Answer Key
373
Index
449
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About the author (2006)

Cindy L. Vitto is Professor of English at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.

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