Grammatically Correct [NOOK Book]

Overview

How does good writing stand out? If its purpose is to convey facts, findings, or instructions, it need be read only once for its content to be clear. If its purpose is to entertain or to provoke thought, it makes readers want to come back for more.

Revised and updated, this guide covers four essential aspects of good writing:

  • Individual words: spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, ...
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Grammatically Correct

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Overview

How does good writing stand out? If its purpose is to convey facts, findings, or instructions, it need be read only once for its content to be clear. If its purpose is to entertain or to provoke thought, it makes readers want to come back for more.

Revised and updated, this guide covers four essential aspects of good writing:

  • Individual words: spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, frequently misused words and phrases, irregular plurals and negatives, and uses of capitalization and type style to add special meanings
  • Punctuation: the role of each mark in achieving clarity and affecting tone, and demonstration of how misuses can lead to ambiguity
  • Syntax and structure: agreement of subject and verb, parallel construction, modifiers, tenses, pronouns, active versus passive voice, and more
  • Style:advice on the less hard-and-fast areas of clarity and tone, including sentence length and order, conciseness, simplification, reading level, jargon and cliches, and subtlety

Filled with self-test exercises and whimsical literary quotations, Grammatically Correct steers clear of academic stuffiness, focusing instead on practical strategies and intuitive explanations. Discussions are designed to get to the heart of a concept and provide a sufficient sense of when and how to use it, along with examples that show what ambiguities or misinterpretations might result if the rules are not followed. In cases where there is more than one acceptable way to do something, the approach is not to prescribe one over another but simply to describe the options. Readers of this book will never break the rules of language again – unintentionally.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Young writers seeking publication will find this resource helpful. This easy to read, well-indexed book is useful for young adults and adults. It is my hope that teachers and parents will use this writing resource to help combat writing fear and help children discover the joys of writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599637150
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 9/15/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 921,900
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Stilman has been a professional editor for more than ten years. She teaches seminars in copyediting and technical writing, and has been a guest lecturer for writer's organizations.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Spelling 1
Pt. 2 Problem words 32
Pt. 3 Punctuation 53
Pt. 4 Grammar 201
Pt. 5 Style 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Writing with finesse!

    I am a high school senior student preparing for my SAT. I used this book to polish my grammer a bit.It has just the right content for anyone who is willing to improve his/her grammer but does not want to spend too much time on it.Just a brief scroll through the book will give anyone that extra glow required in writing.It has apt excerpts from popular Literature to help the reader understand the concepts, and keep him/her interested. Above all, it is great for SAT writing preparation'in combination with suitable writing workbook'!!

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