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Master the basics of the English language with BASIC GRAMMAR AND USAGE! Covering the important rules of grammar, usage, and syntax, this developmental English text provides you with clear explanations and numerous examples to help you succeed. Exercises help you strengthen your grammar and the book-specific website has grammar reviews that ensure that you master the material.
Unit I: IDENTIFYING SUBJECTS AND VERBS. 1. Sentences with One Subject and One Verb. 2. Multiple Subjects and Verbs. 3. Distinguishing Between Objects of Prepositions and Subjects. 4. Main Verbs and Helping Verbs. Unit Review. Unit II: SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT. 5. Recognizing Singular and Plural Subjects and Verbs. 6. Indefinite Pronouns as Subjects. 7. Subjects Understood in a Special Sense. 8. Subjects Joined by Conjunctions. Unit Review. Unit III: IDENTIFYING AND PUNCTUATING THE MAIN TYPES OF SENTENCES. 9. Compound Sentences. 10. Complex Sentences. 11. Avoiding Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices. 12. Correcting Fragments. Unit Review. Unit IV: PUNCTUATION THAT "SETS OFF" OR SEPARATES. 13. Parenthetical Expressions. 14. Appositives. 15. Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses. 16. Commas with Introductory Phrases, Series, Dates, and Addresses Unit Review. Unit V: PRONOUN USAGE. 17. Subject, Object, and Possessive Pronouns. 18. Pronouns in Comparisons and Pronouns with -self, —selves. 19. Agreement of Pronouns with Their Antecedents. 20. Order of Pronouns and Spelling of Possessives. Unit Review. Unit VI: CAPITALIZATION, MORE PUNCTUATION, PLACEMENT OF MODIFIERS, PARALLEL STRUCTURE, AND IRREGULAR VERBS. 21. Capitalization. 22. Additional Punctuation. 23. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. 24. Parallel Structure. 25. Irregular Verbs. Unit Review. Unit 7: PARAGRAPHS. 26. Writing Effective Paragraphs. Answers to "A" Exercises. Index.