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Overview

The authors demonstrate the importance of translating coherent thinking into coherent grammar, and then offer help in punctuation, vocabulary building, effective expression, and writing style.

Over the years, Barron's popular and widely-used Easy Way books have proven themselves to be accessible self-teaching manuals. They have also found their way into many classrooms as valuable and easy-to-use textbook supplements. The titles cover a wide variety of both practical and academic topics, presenting fundamental subject matter so that it can be clearly understood and provide a foundation for more advanced study. Easy Way books fulfill many purposes. They help students improve their grades, serve as good test preparation review books, and provide readers working outside classroom settings with practical information on subjects that relate to their occupations and careers. All Easy Way books include review questions and mini-tests with answers. All new Easy Way editions feature type in two-colors, the second color used to highlight important study points and topic heads.

Here is a common-sense approach to language study which emphasizes the language's stucture rather than stressing dry rules of grammar. The text builds upon the student's basic understanding of English, starting with the basic sentence pattern.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812091427
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Barron's Easy Way Series
  • Edition description: 3rd ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Effective Use of This Book vii
1. The Simplest Complete Thought 1
What You've Always Known 1
Recognizing Complete and Incomplete Thoughts 5
Action Words: Special Problems 7
2. Performer and Action: Understanding Time and Number 15
Understanding Time 15
Understanding Number 17
3. Adding Descriptive Words 24
Descriptive Words: Adding Meaning 24
Descriptive Words: Special Problems 27
4. Using Descriptive Words Correctly 31
Descriptive Words: Using Comparison 31
5. Adding Descriptive Phrases 37
Descriptive Phrases: Adding Meaning 37
Descriptive Phrases: Correct Placement 39
6. Cumulative Review 45
7. Linking Words 54
The Flink Is Pretty: The Subject Is Being, Not Doing 54
Subject and Linking Word: Agreement in Number 58
The Missing Link(ing Word) 62
8. Agreement: Special Problems 66
Rules Concerning Special Problems of Agreement 67
9. Time: Special Problems 78
Common Misuses of Has and Have 79
Common Misuses of Had 80
Common Misuses of Will Have 81
Common Errors Regarding Simultaneous Actions 82
10. Pronouns 92
Rules Concerning Pronoun Usage 92
11. Cumulative Review 105
12. Balanced Sentences 116
Understanding Correct Sentence Structure 116
13. Punctuation 125
End Marks 125
Commas 126
Semicolons 131
14. Cumulative Review 137
15. Effective Expression 150
Style and Clarity 150
Problems With Logic 161
16. More Punctuation 166
Quotation Marks 166
Other Marks of Punctuation: Colon, Hyphen, Apostrophe, Dash, Parentheses, Brackets 172
17. Capitalization 181
Survey Test 183
18. Spelling 192
Building Blocks of Words: Consonants, Vowels, Syllables 193
Rules Concerning Spelling 194
The Role of Accent Marks 197
Spelling Review 202
Commonly Misspelled Words 216
19. Building Vocabulary 225
Some Facts About Vocabulary 225
Building Your Vocabulary With Prefixes 228
Building Your Vocabulary With Action and Descriptive Words 230
20. Word Usage 233
Commonly Misused Words 233
Words and Phrases to Avoid 257
21. Cumulative Review 261
22. Writing Right 285
Thinking Before You Write 286
Who Is Your Reader? 287
Letters 288
Business Letter Format 290
Memoranda 295
Reports and Proposals 299
Essays 305
Editing and Rewriting 306
Summary of Steps to Simplify and Clarify Your Writing 310
Writer's Block 312
23. Final Review 318
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    tis' very very helpful

    it was very good. it helped me alot with gramer and english. if u need to learn english u should consider buying this book tis' very interesting~~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2002

    awesome!

    It's amazing how easy you can learn and practice English. Of course, it's not for absolute beginners. It helps me a lot to teach English as well as to have new ideas to approach a teaching point.

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