The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage [NOOK Book]

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Confused over which to use? Can't remember those grueling grammar lessons from junior high? Worried that your writing lacks professional polish? Stop worrying! You've just picked up the painless ...

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Overview

Who or Whom? Its or It's? Lie or Lay?

Confused over which to use? Can't remember those grueling grammar lessons from junior high? Worried that your writing lacks professional polish? Stop worrying! You've just picked up the painless prescription for proper English.





Acclaimed grammarians Mark Lester and Larry Beason know that English teachers aren't the only ones who expect careful and correct language choices. Precision in language can be the deciding factor when it comes to getting jobs and winning promotions. In The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, they won't bog you down in musty grammarian phraseology. Instead, you'll get bottom-line definitions, hints, and simple rules that summarize the least you need to know about grammar and usage.





With their entertaining style and practical approach, the authors guide you through:





  • Understanding common mistakes and why they happen

  • Hundreds of correct and incorrect sentence examples, with errors clearly marked

  • Quick tips for fixing your most stubborn grammatical mishaps

  • Catchy memory aids for writing correctly the first time

  • PLUS: A handy glossary



Whether your skills need drastic improvement or a quick brush-up, this book will get your grammar back on the right track.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071460606
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 10/31/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 462,688
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Lester is an experienced grammarian and college professor who is currently chair of the Department of English at Eastern Washington University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Grammar and Usage in the Classroom, the most widely used college grammar textbook in the country.





Larry Beason is an award-winning teacher at the University of South Alabama and the author of several grammar books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ... v
Part I Grammar 101 ... 1
1. Parts of Speech ... 3
2. Basic Phrases ... 23
3. Sentences and Clauses ... 45
4. Verb Forms ... 73
5. Verbals ... 95
Part II How to Find and Correct Mistakes 109
6. Writing Complete Sentences ... 109
7. Subject-Verb Agreement ... 123
8. Pronoun Problems ... 139
9. Verb Problems ... 175
10. Modification ... 193
11. Commas ... 233
12. Apostrphes ... 253
13. Semicolons and Colons ... 269
14. Quotation Marks ... 269
15. Capitalzation ... 281
16. Parallelism ... 291
Glossary if Terms ... 297
Index ... 333
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