Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day

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Overview


Who cares about commas, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens?

Well, you should. A misplaced punctuation mark can confuse physicians and surgeons, cause thousands of dollars in legal fees, misinform judges, puzzle bankers, misguide stockbrokers…and create lumps in your pudding.

You don't need a teacher with a mouthful of jargon to help you understand how to make yourself clearly understood. Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day will help you teach...

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Overview


Who cares about commas, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens?

Well, you should. A misplaced punctuation mark can confuse physicians and surgeons, cause thousands of dollars in legal fees, misinform judges, puzzle bankers, misguide stockbrokers…and create lumps in your pudding.

You don't need a teacher with a mouthful of jargon to help you understand how to make yourself clearly understood. Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day will help you teach yourself. This small, step-by-step handbook is an indispensable guide if you need to:

  • Compose high school or college papers.
  • Apply to college or for a job.

  • Write a resume or fill out an application.

  • Communicate your thoughts to anyone, from your landlord to your loved one.

You can work on your own, at your own speed, and within your own time frame. The rules of punctuation, often confusing and hazy, will finally become clear.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564146267
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 931,824
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.16 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author


Ceil Cleveland teaches writing and literature at New York University. A former vice president at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and at Queens College of the City University of New York, she was for ten years an editor-in-chief of Columbia, the Alumni Magazine of Columbia University. She is the author of four books, editor of seven, and has written more than 100 articles for national journals, magazines, and newspapers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Commas 19
1.1 Comma Problems/Common Problems 19
1.2 Compound Sentences 19
Trial Exercises 20
1.3 Complex Sentences 21
Trial Exercises 21
1.4 Compound-Complex Sentences 22
Trial Exercises 23
1.5 Introductory Elements 23
Trial Exercises 24
Necessary Elements 25
Apposotives 27
Trial Exercises 28
1.6 Parenthetical Comments 29
Trial Exercises 30
1.7 Items in a Series 30
Trial Exercises 31
1.8 Key to Trial Exercises 32
1.9 Programmed Instruction 35
1.10 Diagnostic Exercises 35
1.11 Key to Diagnostic Exercises 38
1.12 Review: Your Toolbox 42
Chapter 2 End Punctuation 45
2.1 Periods 45
2.2 Question Marks 48
2.3 Exclamation Points 49
2.4 Exercises 51
2.5 Key to Exercises 53
Chapter 3 Semicolons and Colons 57
3.1 Joining Independent Clauses or Sentences 57
3.2 Making Transitions 58
3.3 Linking Lists After a Colon 60
3.4 Linking a Series 61
3.5 Exercises 62
3.6 Key to Exercises 65
3.7 Colons 71
3.8 Exercises 74
3.9 Key to Exercises 77
Chapter 4 Apostrophes 81
4.1 Contractions 82
4.2 Possessives 83
4.3 Plurals 84
4.4 The Exceptional Apostrophe 86
4.5 Exercises 87
4.6 Key to Exercises 96
Chapter 5 Quotation Marks 101
5.1 Direct Quotations 101
5.2 Titles of Short Works 103
5.3 Definitions and Words as Words 104
5.4 Ironic Distance 104
5.5 Block Quotations 105
5.6 Quoting Poetry 106
5.7 Big Don'ts 107
5.8 Punctuation With Quotation Marks 109
5.9 Single Quotation Marks 110
5.10 Exercises 111
5.11 Key to Exercises 117
Chapter 6 Hyphens and Dashes 121
6.1 Hyphens 121
6.2 Hyphenated Numbers 123
6.3 Exercises 125
6.4 Key to Exercises 128
5.5 Dashes 131
6.6 Exercises 134
6.7 Key to Exercises 137
Chapter 7 Capitalization 141
7.1 First Words 141
7.2 Proper Names and Titles 142
7.3 Adjectives Formed by Proper Nouns 144
7.4 Geographic Regions 144
7.5 Exercises 145
7.6 Key to Exercises 149
Chapter 8 Abbreviations, Numbers, and Italics 153
8.1 Proper Names 153
8.2 Numbers 155
8.3 Italics 156
8.4 Exercises 160
8.5 Key to Exercises 163
Chapter 9 Parentheses and Brackets 167
9.1 Parentheses 167
9.2 Brackets 169
9.3 Exercises 171
9.4 Key to Exercises 176
Chapter 10 Slashes and Ellipses 183
10.1 Slashes 183
10.2 Ellipses 185
10.3 Exercises 187
10.4 Key to Exercises 206
Postscript 211
Works Cited 213
Works Consulted 215
Index 217
About the Author 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Plain-speaking stylebook--no jargon

    A small, accessible, usable, stylebook for students or others who feel they have a weakness in this area of writing. Handy, no-nonsense, self-instruction: can be used with or without a teacher to guide you. Humorous examples. Many illustrations and exercises. You'll learn fast alone or with a class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    The Best Guide Yet

    Developed with the input of her students at New York University, this book has been used in numerous classrooms (I was in one) as the definitive guide to those awful things--commas, semi-colons, etc.--that we should have learned long ago. It's amusing too.

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