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The Practical English Handbook includes concise explanations, abundant examples and models, ample practice opportunity, and help with all stages of the writing process. A coding system breaks down topics and facilitates student use. The book's compact size allows it to fit comfortably in the hand, while the durable sewn binding will withstand constant use. The MLA and APA documentation guidelines thoroughly reflect the most recent changes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618043019
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition description: 11TH
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 507
  • Product dimensions: 4.87 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Floyd C. Watkins received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and taught at Emory University, where he was Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Literature. He authored over twenty books in the field of American literature including titles on Faulkner, Wolfe, Hemingway, and Eliot.
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Table of Contents

A Memo to Writers
1. Accuracy and Logic
a. Reliable sources
b. Accurate information
c. Sweeping generalizations
d. Exaggeration
e. Circular reasoning
f. False comparisons
g. Sticking to the point
h. Appeals to prejudice
i. Cause and effect
j. The either...or fallacy
2. Writing and Revising
a. Finding a worthy subject
b. Developing your ideas and planning your paper
c. Organizing systematically
d. Adapting to your audience
e. Using an appropriate tone
f. Choosing appropriate tense and number
g. Stating your thesis
h. Writing an appropriate length paper
i. Writing a first draft
j. REvising your draft
k. Model paper
l. Composing and revising on a computer
3. Writing Paragraphs
a. Writing a topic sentence
b. Unifying paragraphs
c. Developing paragraphs
d. Trimming, tightening, or dividing paragraphs
e. Using appropriate development methods
f. Using transitional devices
  • Grammar
    4. Grammar
    The Parts of Speech
    a. Nouns
    b. Pronouns
    c. Verbs
    d. Adjectives
    e. Adverbs
    f. Conjunctions
    g. Prepositions
    h. Interjections
    The Parts of Sentences
    i. Simple subjects, complete subjects, compound subjects
    j. Simple predicates, complete predicates, compound predicates
    k. Complements
    l. Phrases
    m. Clauses
    n. Kinds of sentences
    • Sentence Errors
      5. Sentence Fragments
      6. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
      7. Verb Forms
      8. Tense and Sequence of Tenses
      a. Present tense
      b. Past tense
      c. Future tense
      d. Progressive tenses
      e. Perfect tenses
      f.Present infinitive
      g. Consistency
      9. Voice
      10. Subjunctive Mood
      11. Subject and Verb: Agreement
      a. Singular verb with a singular subject
      b. Plural verb with a plural subject
      c. Compound subject
      d. Compound subject with or, nor, etc.
      e. Phrases and clauses between a subject and a verb
      f. Collective nouns
      g. Nouns plural in form, singular in meaning
      h. Indefinite pronouns
      i. All, some, part, etc.
      j. There, here
      k. Agreement with subject, not predicate nominative
      l. After a relative pronoun
      m. With titles or words used as words
      n. Expressions of time, money, measurement, etc.
      12. Pronouns and Antecedents: Agreement, Reference, and Usage
      a. Singular pronoun with a singular antecedent
      b. Plural pronoun with a plural antecedent
      c. Compound antecedent with and
      d. Compound antecedent with or, nor, etc.
      e. Collective noun as antecedent
      f. Each, either, etc.
      g. Vague and ambiguous antecedents
      h. Which, who, that
      i. Pronouns ending in -self, -selves
      13. Case
      a. Subjects and subjective complements
      b. Direct objects, indirect objects, objects of prepositions
      c. Subjects and objects of infinitives
      d. Appositives
      e. After than or as
      f. Who, Whom
      g. Apostrophe or of phrase for possession
      h. Words preceding a gerund
      14. Adjectives and Adverbs
      a. Adverbs modifying verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs
      b. After linking verbs be, become, seem, etc.
      c. After a verb and its object
      d. Comparative and superlative degrees
      e. Avoiding double comparatives and superlatives
      f. Absolute concepts and absolute modifiers
      g. Avoiding double negatives
      • Sentence Structure
        15. Choppy Sentences and Excessive Coordination
        16. Subordination
        a. Subordination of less important ideas
        b. Avoiding overlapping subordination
        17. Completeness
        a. Omission of verbs and prepositions
        b. Omission of that
        18. Comparisons
        a. Illogical comparisons
        b. Using the word other
        c. Awkward and incomplete comparisons
        19. Consistency
        a. Avoiding shifts in grammatical forms
        b. Avoiding faulty predication
        c. Avoid constructions is when, is where, or the reason is because
        20. Position of Modifiers
        a. Dangling
        b. Misplaced
        c. Limiting
        d. Squinting
        21. Separation of Elements
        a. Subject and verb, parts of a verb phrase, or verb and object
        b. A sentence containing a quotation
        c. Split infinitives
        22. Parallelism
        a. With coordinating conjunctions
        b. With correlative conjunctions
        c. With and who, and which, or and that
        23. Variety
        • Punctuation
          24. Commas
          a. Between two independent clauses
          b. In a series
          c. Between coordinate adjectives
          d. After introductory phrases and clauses
          e. With nonessential elements
          f. With sentence modifiers, conjunctive adverbs, and elements out of order
          g. With degrees, titles, dates, places, addresses
          h. For contrast or emphasis
          i. With mild interjections and yes or no
          j. With direct address and salutations
          k. With expressions like he said, she remarked
          l. With absolute phrases
          m. To prevent misreading or to mark an omission
          25. Unnecessary Commas
          a. Between subject and verb, verb and object, adjective and word it modifies
          b. Before coordinating conjunctions
          c. Not with essential clauses, phrases, or appositives
          d. After coordinating conjunctions
          e. Before subordinating conjunctions
          f. After the opening phrase of an inverted sentence
          g. Before the first or after the last item in a series
          h. Before than
          i. After like or such as
          j. With period, question mark, dash, exclamation point
          k. Before parentheses
          26. Semicolons
          a. Between independent clauses not connected by a coordinating conjunction
          b. To separate independent clauses
          c. In a series between items that have internal punctuation
          d. Not between elements that are not grammatically equal
          27. Colons
          a. After formal introduction of a quotation
          b. After formal introduction of a series of items
          c. After a formal introduction of an appositive
          d. Between two independent clauses
          e. In salutations, times, bibliographical entries
          f. Not after linking verbs or prepositions
          28. Dashes
          29. Parentheses
          30. Brackets
          31. Quotation Marks
          a. Direct quotations and dialogue
          b. Quotation within a quotation
          c. Titles of short works
          d. Not with titles of your own papers
          e. Not for emphasis, slang, irony, humor
          f. Not with block quotations
          g. With other punctuation
          32. End Punctuation
          a. Period at end of a sentence
          b. Period after abbreviations
          c. Ellipsis points for omission
          d. Punctuation of titles
          e. Question mark after direct question
          f. No question mark within parentheses or exclamation point for humor
          g. Exclamation point
          • Mechanics
            33. Manuscript Forms, Business Letters, and Résumés
            a. Manuscripts
            b. Business letters and applications
            c. Résumés
            34. Italics
            a. Titles
            b. Names of ships and trains
            c. Foreign words
            d. Words, letters, figures
            e. Rarely use for emphasis
            f. Not for titles of your own papers
            35. Spelling
            a. Spell-checking
            b. Proofreading
            c. Distinguishing homonyms
            d. Spelling strategies
            36. Hyphenation and Syllabication
            a. Compound words
            b. Compound adjectives
            c. Compound numbers
            d. Dividing a word at the end of line
            37. Apostrophes
            a. For possessive nouns not ending in s
            b. For possessive of singular nouns ending in s
            c. Without s for possessive of plural nouns ending in s
            d. For possessive of indefinite pronouns
            e. For joint possession
            f. For omissions and contractions
            g. For acronyms and words being named
            38. Capital Letters
            a. First word of sentence
            b. In titles
            c. First word of direct quotations
            d. Titles with names
            e. Title of head of nation
            f. Proper nouns
            g. Family names
            h. The pronoun I and the interjection O
            i. Months, days of the week, holidays
            j. B.C., A.D, deities, religions, sacred books
            k. Specific courses
            39. Abbreviations and Symbols
            a. Days, months, measurement, states, countries
            b. Acceptable abbreviations
            c. Acceptable symbols
            40. Numbers
            a. Spelled out
            b. Consistency
            c. For complete dates, addresses, page and chapter references, percentages, hours
            • Diction and Style
              41. Diction
              a. Frequently using a dictionary
              b. Precise meaning
              c. Connotation
              d. Colloquialisms and contractions
              e. Slang
              f. Dialect
              g. Words used as the wrong part of speech
              h. Idioms
              i. Specialized vocabulary
              j. Building a vocabulary
              42. Style
              a. Conciseness
              b. Repetition
              c. Flowery language
              d. Clarity
              e. Triteness and clichés
              f. Figures of speech
              • Literature
                43. Writing About Literature
                a. Choosing a subject
                Kinds of literary papers
                b. Using a precise paper title
                c. Not beginning with broad philosophical statements
                d. Appropriate development
                e. Paraphrasing and plot summary
                f. Original Thinking
                g. Not writing about yourself or "the reader"
                h. Providing sufficient evidence
                i. Using quotations
                j. Not moralizing
                k. Acknowledging sources
                l. Writing about a story
                m. Writing about a poem
                Model Paper
                • Research
                  44. Writing a Research Paper
                  a. Choosing a subject
                  b. Major research tools
                  c. General reference aids
                  d. Specialized reference aids
                  e. Evaluating sources
                  f. Taking notes
                  g. Quoting and paraphrasing accurately; avoiding plagiarism
                  h. Producing an outline
                  i. Following a system of documentation
                  j. MLA style of documentation
                  k. Model research paper, MLA style
                  l. APA style of documentation
                  m. Model research paper, APA style
                  • Glossary of Usage
                    45. Glossary of Exactness and Usage
                    • English as a Second Language (ESL)
                      46. English as a Second Language (ESL)
                      a. ESL checklist
                      b. ESL lists
                      • Glossary of Terms
                        47. Glossary of Terms
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