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In a workbook format, Bedford Basics incorporates a streamlined version of the text from the highly successful Bedford Handbook with lower-level exercises. Because Bedford Basics follows the handbook's organization, it can easily be used in conjunction with the handbook in a composition sequence or it can stand alone in any developmental writing class. For the new edition, the exercises have been carefully revised after much classroom testing. In addition, several new features have been added to make this book more useful for culturally diverse students, students working on a computer, and students using the book on their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457648571
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 8/13/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 435
  • Sales rank: 515,059
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, include The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition (2010); A Writer’s Reference, Seventh Edition (2011); Rules for Writers, Sixth Edition (2008); and A Pocket Style Manual, Fifth Edition (2008).


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Table of Contents

1. Generating ideas; sketching a plan
2. Roughing out an initial draft
3. Making global revisions; revising sentences
4. Choosing a document design

5. Focusing on a main point
6. Developing the main point
7. Improving coherence

8. Coordination and subordination
9. Parallelism
10. Needed words
11. Mixed constructions
12. Misplaced and dangling modifiers
13. Shifts
14. Emphasis
15. Variety

16. Wordy sentences
17. Appropriate language
18. Exact Words

19. Sentence fragments
20. Run-on sentences
21. Subject-verb agreement (is or are, etc.)
22. Pronoun-antecedent agreement (singular or plural)
23. Pronoun reference (clarity)
24. Pronoun case (I or me, etc.)
25. Who or whom
26. Adjectives and adverbs (good or well, etc.)
27. Standard English verb forms
28. Verb tense, mood, and voice

29. Special problems with verbs
30. The articles a, an, and the
31. Other trouble spots

32. The comma
33. Unnecessary commas
34. The semicolon
35. The colon
36. The apostrophe
37. Quotation marks
38. End punctuation
39. Other punctuation marks: the dash, parentheses, brackets, the ellipsis mark, the slash

40. Abbreviations
41. Numbers
42. Italics (underlining)
43. Spelling
44. The hyphen
45. Capital letters

46. Introduction
47. Parts of speech
48. Sentence patterns
49. Subordinate word groups
50. Sentence types

Glossary of Usage
Answers to Tutorials, Guided Practice, and Preview Exercises

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