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** HANDY REFERENCE BOOK. Provides essentials that are useful for people with the occasional question as well as those who are learning the basics. * TWO-PART FORMAT. Allows quick and convenient location of answers to specific questions. * "STYLE CONSIDERATIONS" PORTION. Covers issues beyond core grammar, such as combining sentences, gender-inclusive language, and sentence clarity. * FOUR APPENDIXES. Target commonly misspelled words, commonly confused words, verb-preposition combinations, and irregular verbs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844258218
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Part I Essentials of Grammar 1
1 Parts of Speech 3
Nouns 4
Proper, Common, and Collective Nouns 4
Functions of Nouns 4
Plural Nouns 5
Possessive Nouns 5
Pronouns 7
Personal Pronouns 7
Case of Personal Pronouns 8
Indefinite Pronouns 8
Possessive Pronouns 9
Relative Pronouns 10
Interrogative Pronouns 11
Demonstrative Pronouns 11
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement 11
Who or Whom? 13
Verbs 14
Basic Verb Forms 15
Auxiliary Verbs 15
Verb Tenses 16
Regular Verbs 16
Functions of the Six Tenses 18
Irregular Verbs 21
Common Errors in Using Verb Tenses 21
Mood 24
Active and Passive Voices 25
Subject-Verb Agreement 26
Special Subject-Verb Agreement Cases 27
Adjectives 29
Demonstrative Adjectives 30
Limiting Adjectives 30
Comparisons 31
Compound Adjectives 32
Predicate Adjectives 32
Adverbs 32
Forming Adverbs 32
Types of Adverbs 33
Comparisons 34
Adverb Position and Meaning 34
Adjective or Adverb? 35
Prepositions 36
Phrasal Prepositions 37
Common Errors to Avoid 37
Prepositions Used with Verbs 38
Conjunctions 39
Coordinating Conjunctions 39
Correlative Conjunctions 39
Subordinating Conjunctions 40
Linking Adverbs 41
Interjections 42
Common Interjections 42
Punctuation 43
2 Punctuation and Punctuation Style 45
End Marks: Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point 45
Period 45
Question Mark 46
Exclamation Point 47
Comma 47
Series Comma 48
Independent Clauses 48
Introductory Clauses, Phrases, Expressions 49
Nonrestrictive Clauses and Nonessential Material 49
Direct Address 49
Commas and Clarity 50
Traditional Comma Uses 50
Comma Faults 51
Semicolon 51
Independent Clauses 52
Series 53
Colon 53
Before a Series or List 53
Between Independent Clauses 54
Time 54
Formal and Business Communications 54
Quotation Marks 54
Punctuation with Quotation Marks 55
Brief and Long Quotations 56
Single Quotation Marks 56
Titles 56
Terms and Expressions 57
Apostrophe 57
Possessive of Singular Nouns 57
Possessive of Plural Nouns 58
Possessive of Indefinite and Personal Pronouns 58
Individual and Joint Possession 58
Units of Measure as Possessive Adjectives 59
Plural Forms of Symbols 59
Contractions 59
Hyphen 60
Compound Numbers and Fractions 60
Continuous Numbers 60
Prefixes and Suffixes 61
Compound Adjectives 61
Word Division 61
Hyphenated Names 62
To Avoid Confusion 62
Dash 62
Parentheses 63
Brackets 63
Ellipses 63
Italics 64
Emphasis 64
Foreign Words and Phrases 64
Titles 65
Vehicles 65
3 Sentences and Sentence Patterns 67
Sentences, Fragments, and Run-Ons 67
Phrases and Clauses 68
Phrases 69
Clauses 69
Subject and Predicate 70
Forms of the Subject 70
Forms of the Predicate 72
Sentence Constructions 74
Simple Sentence 74
Compound Sentence 74
Complex Sentence 75
Compound-Complex Sentence 75
Modifiers in Sentences 75
4 Capitalization, Abbreviations, and Numbers 77
Capitalization 77
Proper Nouns and Adjectives 77
Hyphenated Names and Prefixes 78
Family Relationships 78
Nationalities and Races 79
Languages and School Subjects 79
Religious Names and Terms 79
Academic Degrees and Personal Titles 81
Historic Events, Special Events, and Holidays 81
Historical Monuments, Places, and Buildings 82
Calendar Days, Months, and Seasons 82
Documents 82
Titles of Publications 82
Compass Points 83
Geographic Names and Regions 83
Scientific Terms 84
Capitals with Numbers 86
Abbreviations 86
General Guidelines 86
Personal Names and Titles 87
Company Names 90
Agencies and Organizations 90
Geographic Terms 91
Time 94
Scholarly Abbreviations 96
Measures 97
Science and Technology 98
Commercial Abbreviations 99
Numbers 100
Arabic Numbers and Roman Numerals 100
Figures or Words 101
Ages 103
Names 104
Governmental Designations 104
Organizations 105
Addresses and Thoroughfares 106
Time of Day 106
Dates 107
Money 109
Percentages 110
Fractions and Decimals 110
Measures 111
Temperature 112
Parts of a Book 112
Inclusive Numbers 113
5 Spelling and Word Division 115
Spelling Guidelines 115
Prefixes 115
Suffixes 118
Plurals 126
The i and e Rules 131
Word Division 132
General Rules 132
Syllables and Word Division 132
Single-Letter Syllables 133
Final and Double Consonants 134
Hyphenated Words 134
Proper Names 135
Figures and Abbreviations 135
Part II Style Considerations 137
6 Sentences 139
Use Clarity and Meaning as the Criteria for Good Sentences 139
Include Only One to Two Ideas in Each Sentence 140
Vary Sentence Patterns to Avoid Monotonous Use of Any Particular Construction 141
7 Brevity 145
Avoid the Phrases There Is and There Are 145
Condense Clauses Beginning with Which, That, or Who into Fewer Words 145
Strike Out the Article the Wherever Possible 146
Eliminate Wordy and Redundant Phrases and Expressions 146
8 Clarity 149
Keep Words Fresh 149
Jargon 149
Buzzwords 150
Cliches 151
Keep Words Specific and Concrete 151
Keep References Clear 152
Keep Modifiers Close to Words They Modify 153
Place Adverbs Close to Words They Modify 153
Keep Subject and Verb Together 153
Make Sure That Antecedents Are Clear 154
Keep Structures Parallel 155
9 Accuracy 157
Double-Check Figures, Dates, Specifications, and Other Details 157
Be Sure That All Names, Titles, and Abbreviations Are Spelled Properly 157
Verify the Accuracy of Direct Quotations 157
Make Sure That Ideas Are Presented Clearly 158
Make Sure Your Work Is Neat and Legible 158
10 Gender-Inclusive Language 159
Nouns and Pronouns 159
Alternative Noun Forms 161
Suffixes ess, ette, ix, and ienne/ine 162
Social Titles 164
Salutations 164
Occupational Titles 165
Appendix A Principal Parts of Irregular Verbs 167
Appendix B Verb-Preposition Combinations 169
Appendix C Frequently Confused Words 175
Appendix D Frequently Misspelled Words 183
Glossary 189
Index 195
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