Essential College English (with MyWritingLab Student Access Code Card) / Edition 7

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Norwood Selby / Pamela S. Bledsoe
Essential College English, Seventh Edition

A 25-year history of teaching college English

The authors’ goal with Essential College English has remained true—to show the logical correlation of grammar, mechanics, and composition. Hallmarks of the text are the authors’ inviting tone and the complete, clear treatment of the rules of grammar and punctuation.

Building on the success of previous editions, the seventh edition offers a stronger set of tools for students and instructors:

  • More exercises on grammar, punctuation, and editing have been added throughout the text.
  • A new in-text diagnostic test assesses students’ proficiency with grammar.
  • Greater attention to ESL is provided with tips in each chapter.
  • More coverage is given to the writing process and clarification of thesis vs. topic sentences.
  • Journal writing has been added to the activities.


An online writing practice system with better practice exercises, MyWritingLab makes students better writers for college and life. The mastery-based format allows multiple attempts so students can learn from previous attempts and build a solid foundation of writing principles.

More features of MyWritingLab include:

  • Progressive Learning Exercises. The exercise sets move students from literal comprehension to critical application to demonstrating concepts in their writing. This progressive learning process helps to transfer the skills into writing.
  • Easy Progress Tracking. The MyWritingLab Gradebook enables instructors to monitor work done in MyWritingLab and track students’ progress.
  • Diagnostic Testing. A comprehensive diagnostic assesses their understanding of grammar and reflects the areas where help is needed most.
  • A Comprehensive Exercises Program. The program includes 9,000 exercises covering grammar, paragraph development, essay development, and research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205728039
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 12/7/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Subjects, Verbs, and Complements.

2. Parts of Speech.

3. Phrases.

4. Clauses.

5. Sentence Types, Sentence Variety, and Sentence Combining.

6. Agreement.

7. Identifying and Correcting Sentence Fragments.

8. Identifying and Correcting Fused Sentences and Comma Splices.

9. Pronoun and Case Reference.

10. Adjectives and Adverbs.


11. Commas.

12. Semicolons.

13. Apostrophes.

14. Quotation Marks.

15. Capitalization and Italics.

16. Abbreviations.

17. Other Marks of Punctuation.

18. Spelling and Style.

Answers to Practice Sentences and Editing Practice

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