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Overview

Quickly master English writing skills with THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS, FORM B, Tenth Edition. Brief and uncomplicated, this text has helped students learn the basics of English writing for thirty years with its clear, concise concept explanations and useful, relevant corresponding exercises. Topics include spelling, word choice, sentence structure, and punctuation as well as more advanced topics such as the writing process, argumentation, and summarizing skills. Check your work easily with exercise answers located in the back of the book. When the course ends, this text is an excellent writing resource for all your college courses and beyond.

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"I loved this text from the minute I adopted it somewhere in the 80s. The strength of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH is the clarity of the grammar explanations."

"The text is easy to read—i.e., its layout is compelling—and the text covers areas that need to be covered in developmental English."

"I have continued to use THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH because it does a very good job in presenting clear descriptions of common problems, and because it has lots of practice sets with answers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428230798
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

With an amazing gift for explaining the basics of grammar, punctuation, and writing, Paige Wilson, Associate Professor at Pasadena City College, focuses on the vital structures of English, reinforcing fundamental concepts with an abundance of easy-to-follow exercises.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: WORD CHOICE AND SPELLING. Your Own List of Misspelled Words. Words Often Confused (Set 1). Words Often Confused (Set 2). The Eight Parts of Speech. Adjectives and Adverbs. Contractions. Possessives. Words That Can Be Broken into Parts. Rules for Doubling a Final Letter. Using a Dictionary. Part 2: SENTENCE STRUCTURE. Finding Subjects and Verbs. Locating Prepositional Phrases. Understanding Dependent Clauses. Correcting Fragments. Correcting Run-on Sentences. Identifying Verb Phrases. Using Standard English Verbs. Using Regular and Irregular Verbs. Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement. Avoiding Shifts in Time. Recognizing Verbal Phrases. Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers. Following Sentence Patterns. Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness. Correcting for Parallel Structure. Using Pronouns. Avoiding Shifts in Person. Part 3: PUNCTUATION AND CAPITAL LETTERS. Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash. Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3. Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6. Quotation Marks and Underlining/Italics. Capital Letters. Part 4: WRITING. What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing? Basic Structures. I. The Paragraph: Defining a Paragraph. Types of Paragraphs. Sample Paragraphs in an Essay. II. The Essay: The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyond. Defining an Essay. A Sample Essay. Writing Skills. III. Writing in Your Own Voice: Narration. Description. IV. Finding a Topic: Look to Your Interests. Focused Free Writing. Clustering. Talking with Other Students. V. Organizing Ideas: Thesis Statements. Organizing an Essay. Topic Sentences. Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs). Transitional Expressions. VI. Supporting with Details: Types of Support. VII. Revising Your Papers. Revision Checklist. Exchanging Papers. Proofreading Aloud. VIII. Presenting Your Work: Paper Formats. Titles. IX. Writing an Argument: Taking a Stand and Proving Your Point. Three Requirements of a Strong Written Argument. A Longer, More Challenging Reading. X. Writing Summaries: Sample Summary. Summary Checklist. Answers. Index.

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