Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours

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Puzzled about punctuation? Having trouble getting your nouns and verbs to agree? Terrified at the thought of writing a paper or report? Whether you're struggling with structure or looking to spice up your writing, Macmillan Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours gives you the knowledge you need to achieve your goals. This straightforward guide presents invaluable information in a series of 24 one-hour lessons, helping you master the basics of grammar and style--one hour at...
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Overview

Puzzled about punctuation? Having trouble getting your nouns and verbs to agree? Terrified at the thought of writing a paper or report? Whether you're struggling with structure or looking to spice up your writing, Macmillan Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours gives you the knowledge you need to achieve your goals. This straightforward guide presents invaluable information in a series of 24 one-hour lessons, helping you master the basics of grammar and style--one hour at a time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028638997
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 5/19/2000
  • Series: Alpha Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xxiii
Part I Grappling with Grammar 1
Hour 1 Understanding Grammar 3
Grammar's Six Senses 4
The Logic of Grammar 5
Context 6
Function 6
Pragmatics 6
Semantics 7
Wording 7
Sound Patterns 7
Nuances, Trivia, and Important Stuff 7
Alliteration 7
Allusion 8
Anthropomorphism 8
Antonyms 8
Assonance 9
Cliches 9
Colloquialisms 9
Figures of Speech 10
Gist 10
Homonyms 10
Hyperbole 10
Idioms 10
Idiomatic Translations 11
Irony 11
Task: Try Some Irony 11
Jargon 11
Lexicons 12
Malapropisms 12
Metaphors 12
Task: Make a Metaphor 12
Metonymy 12
Morphemes 13
Onomatopoeia 13
Puns 13
Rhyme 14
Task: Rhyme Time 14
Rhythm 14
Sarcasm 15
Similes 15
Synonyms 15
Hour 2 Mastering the Basic Parts of a Sentence 19
The Subject of the Subject 20
Task: Who's on First? 20
Subjects on the Loose 21
The "Understood You" 21
Making a Statement 22
Subject Positioning 22
Main Clause 22
Subordinate Clause 23
The Predicate Defined 23
Task: Find the Predicate 23
Compound Subjects and Predicates 24
Sentence Types 24
The Simple Sentence 24
The Compound Sentence 25
The Complex Sentence 25
The Compound-Complex Sentence 25
Task: Find the Flaw 26
Sentence Fragment 26
Parallel Construction 27
Run-On Sentences 28
Fused Sentence Error 28
Comma Splice 28
Interrogative Sentences (Questions) 28
Sentence Variation 29
Sentence Rules 31
Part II Getting Grounded in Grammar 35
Hour 3 Elementary Sentence Components 1: Nouns 37
Common Nouns 38
Proper Nouns 38
Mass Nouns 41
Plural Nouns 42
Count Nouns 45
Possessive Nouns 46
Compound Nouns 47
Collective Nouns 48
Noun Gender 48
Gerunds 49
Task: Form Fitting 49
Hour 4 Elementary Sentence Components II: Pronouns 55
Personal Pronouns 55
Pronoun Numbers 56
Possessive Pronouns 56
The Pronoun "Who" 57
Relative Pronouns 58
Contractions 59
Demonstrative Pronouns 59
Indefinite Pronouns 59
Reflexive Pronouns 60
Task: Test Your Reflexives 60
Intensive Pronouns 61
Interrogative Pronouns 61
Reciprocal Pronouns 62
Avoiding Pronoun Pitfalls 62
Task: Avoid Ambiguity 62
Task: Maintain Pronoun and Antecedent Agreement 62
Other Agreement Rules 64
Noun or Pronoun Case 64
Subjective or Objective Pronoun Choice 65
Last Minute Rules and Refreshers 65
Workshop: Testing Pronoun Choices 66
Pronoun Chart 66
Hour 5 Elementary Sentence Components III: Verbs 71
Setting the Mood 72
Understanding Verb Tense 72
Present Tense 73
Progressive Tense 74
Present Progressive Tense 74
Simple Past Tense 74
Present Perfect Tense 75
Past Perfect Tense 75
Past Progressive Tense 75
Present Perfect Progressive Tense 76
Past Perfect Progressive Tense 76
Future Tense 76
Future Perfect Tense 76
Future Progressive Tense 76
Future Perfect Progressive Tense 76
Regular Verbs 77
Irregular Verbs 78
Irregular Verbs Without Spelling Changes 79
The Verb "To Be" 79
Action Verbs 79
Transitive Verbs 80
Intransitive Verbs 80
Linking Verbs 80
Helping Verbs 81
Verb Voice: Active Versus Passive 81
"To Be," "To Do," and "To Have" as Ordinary Verbs 82
Hour 6 Expanding Sentences with Articles, Adjectives, and Adverbs 87
Indefinite Articles 87
The Definite Article "The" 87
The Demonstratives 88
The Distributives 89
The Exclamatives 89
The Numbers 89
The Possessives 90
The Quantifiers 91
Adjectives 92
Adjective Position 92
Adjective Types 93
Kinds of Adjectives 93
Adjective Form and Functions 94
Adjective Endings 95
Adverbs 96
Adverb Position 96
Adjective and Adverb Comparisons 97
Forming the Comparative and Superlative 97
Hour 7 Reaching Agreements 103
Plural Pronoun with a Compound Antecedent 103
Indefinite Pronoun Agreement 104
Avoiding Unclear Pronoun Reference 106
More Than One Possible Antecedent 106
Subject and Verb Agreement 107
Compound Subjects 107
Collective Nouns 108
Confusing Nouns 109
Quantity Expressions 109
Averting Word Pattern Difficulties 110
Agreement of Adverbs 110
Q&A 111
Hour 8 Other Considerations 115
Prepositional Phrases 116
Phrasal Verbs 117
Infinitives 117
Contractions 118
Conjunctions 119
Faulty Parallelism 121
Participles 122
Metaphors 122
Simile 123
Idioms 123
Collocation 124
Cliches 124
Subjunctives 125
Hour 9 Phrases 129
Noun Phrases 129
Adjective Phrases 130
Absolute Phrases 130
Appositive Phrases 131
Vocative Phrases 133
Verbal Phrases 134
Gerund Phrases 134
Participial Phrases 134
Infinitive Phrases 135
Phrases and Cases 136
The Subjective Case 136
Direct Objects 137
Indirect Objects 138
Object Complements 139
Auxiliary Verbs 140
Hour 10 Main and Subordinate Clauses 145
Compound Sentences 146
Coordinating Conjunctions 146
Conjunctive Adverbs 147
Subordinate Clauses 147
Complex Sentences 147
Compound-Complex Sentences 148
Noun Clauses 148
Noun Clauses Used as Subjects 149
Noun Clauses Used as Direct Objects 150
Noun Clauses Used as Indirect Objects 150
Noun Clauses Used as Object Complements 150
Adjective Clauses 151
Adjective Clauses as Subjects 151
Adjective Clauses as Objects 151
Task: Agree to Agree 152
Adjective Clauses as Complements 152
Restrictive Clauses 152
Adverbial Clauses 153
Subordinators 153
Q&A 156
Hour 11 Controlling the Comma and the Semicolon 161
Simple Sentence Divisions 161
Phrases That End a Sentence 162
Between Two Main Clauses 162
After Introductory Subordinate Clauses 163
Separating a Weak Clause 164
After Introductory Words and Phrases 164
The Serial Comma 164
Separating Coordinate Adjectives Before a Noun 165
After-ly Adjectives Used with Other Adjectives 166
Isolate Words That Interrupt 166
Separating Nonessential Words 166
Task: Nonessential Words Test 167
Emphasize Words in a Direct Address 167
Direct Quotations 168
Rules for Comma Usage with Dates 168
Geographical Names 168
Geographical Addresses 169
Degrees or Titles 169
Comma Splices 169
A Common Error with Essential Elements 170
Comma Confusion 171
Semicolon 171
Q&A 173
Hour 12 Other Forms of Punctuation 177
Question Mark 178
Exclamation Mark 180
Colon 180
Apostrophe 182
Ellipsis 184
Hyphen 185
Dash 188
Part III Setting Your Style 191
Hour 13 The Importance of Knowing the Rules 193
What Spell Checks Can't Tell You 193
Mutable Meanings 195
History, Attitudes, and Habits 196
Gender-Sensitive Writing 196
Task: Evaluate Your Audience 197
Nouns and Verbs 198
Verbalizing Nouns 199
Active and Passive Voice 199
Adjective and Adverb Overuse 200
Grammatical Ambiguity 200
Workshop: Logic and Clarity 200
Perspective and Point of View 202
Hour 14 Forego the Fluff 207
The Rules of Effective Communication 207
Use Everyday Language 208
Performance Art 208
Task: Write It Right 209
Can the Cliches 209
Frugal, Yet Forceful 209
Keep It Simple 210
Versatile Variables 210
Practical Paragraphs 211
Word Position to Emphasize Meaning 212
Keep Things Active 212
Clutter-Free Commentary 214
Task: Cut, Don't Paste 214
Conversational Narrative 214
Research, Then Record 215
Task: Get the Picture 216
Find Your Own Voice 216
Pedestrian Patter 217
Timing Your Edits 217
Practical Punctuation 218
Hour 15 Getting the Job Done 221
Chapter Summary 221
Task: Adapting to Your Audience 221
Selling Ideas 222
Appealing Presentations 223
Sales Letters 224
Task: Preparing Sales Letters 224
Fundraising Letters 226
Press Releases 228
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