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For over twenty years, the simple, friendly approach of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH has helped students with their spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure.
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. Contractions. Possessives. Words That Can Be Broken into Parts. Rules for Doubling a Final Letters. Using a Dictionary. 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 Phrases, and Wordiness. Correcting for Parallel Structure. Using Pronouns. Avoiding Shifts in Person. 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 Underling/Italics. Capital Letters. 4. WRITING. What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing? Basic Structures. I. The Paragraph. II. The Essay. Writing Skills. III. Writing in Your Own Voice. IV. Finding a Topic. V. Organizing Ideas. VI. Supporting with Details. VII. Revising Your Papers. VIII. Presenting Your Work. IX. Writing about What You Read. excerpt from Backtalk: 4 Steps to Ending Rude Behavior in Your Kids. Assignment 16: What Are Your Conclusions? Assignment 17: Write a 100-Word Summary "Straight Talk". Assignment 18: Write a Reaction or a 100-Word Summary "Wandering Home". Answers. Index.