Little English Handbook: Choices and Conventions / Edition 8

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This pocket-sized, inexpensive, elegant little handbook addresses the most prevalent writing problems people face. Clear and easy to understand, The Little English Handbook will help you solve any grammar, style, punctuation or research problem you may have.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321435095
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Series: Longman Classics Series
  • Edition description: 9TH
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents



Format of Manuscript

1. Writing on one side of the paper

2. Double-spacing the paper

3. Leaving margins

4. Putting title on the paper

5. Numbering the pages

6. Using paper clip to fasten pages

7. Using proper paper

Clear Effective Paragraphs

8. Developing a single topic (unity)

9. Developing ideas fully (completeness)

10. Making ideas easy to follow (coherence)

Grammatical Sentences

11. Complete sentences (fragments)

12. Confusing sentences

13. Comma splices, fused sentences, and run-ons

14. Subject / verb agreement

15. Noun / pronoun agreement

16. Pronoun / antecedent agreement

17. Verb forms

18. Placement of modifiers

19. Subordinate conjunction that

20. Relative pronouns that, which, and who

Stylistic Choices: Sentences and Words

21. Concise Sentences (wordy sentences)

22. Awkward sentences

23. Varying sentences

24. Coordination and subordination

25. Parallel construction

26. Repetition

27. Active and passive verbs

28. Correct, exact, and appropriate words

29. Correct idioms

30. Trite or overused expressions

31. Mixed metaphors

32. Biased or sexist language

Punctuation and Mechanics

33. Apostrophe shows possession

34. Possessive pronoun its and contraction it’s

35. Comma in compound sentences

36. Commas with introductory words, phrases, or clauses

37. Don’t use commas to join pairs

38. Commas separate items in a series

39. Commas set off nonrestrictive clauses

40. Don’t use commas in restrictive clauses

41. Semicolons in compound sentences

42. Colon to complete a lead-in sentence

43. Dash before summations

44. Enclose parenthetical elements with dashes, parentheses, or commas

45. Quotation marks with period and comma

46. Quotation marks with colon and semicolon

47. Quotation marks with the question mark

48. Italicizing (underlining) titles

49. Titles in quotation marks

50. Italicizing (underlining) words used as words

51. Italicizing (underlining) foreign words

52. Hyphens in compound words

53. Hyphen to divide words

54. Numbers

55. Capitalization

Research Writing and Documentation

56. Selecting an appropriate subject

57. Using the library

58. Incorporating sources

59. Evaluating sources

60. Documentary systems

61. The MLA system

62. Documenting electronic sources in the MLA Style

63. The APA system

64. The CBE system

65. The Chicago system

66. Other documentation systems

Forms for Letters

67. Format of familiar letter

68. Format of business letter

69. Business letter, semiblock

70. Addressed, typed business—size envelope

71. Business letter, full block on letterhead

72. Addressed letterhead envelope

73. Two-letter postal abbreviations


74. Resume writing

75. Resume format

Glossary of Usage

Glossary of Grammatical Terms

Commonly Misspelled Words


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