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REA’s Handbook of English Grammar, Style, and Writing

Master the basics of English grammar with this practical English handbook.

An English handbook and tutor in one!

  • The perfect tutorial for study, test preparation, and brush-up
  • Clear guide to spelling, punctuation, style, and writing
  • Hundreds of examples and exercises with answers
  • Lessons on how to spot common errors in sentence structure
  • How to plan and write the perfect paper – and much more!

A handy companion

  • A portable, easy, English reference
  • A practical guide for home, school, and on the job

A handbook of English grammar with exercises for practicing usage, punctuation, and spelling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878915521
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 7/28/1984
  • Series: Language Learning
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 353,869
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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PREFACE
The ability to write and speak correctly and effectively is not only a necessity for courses in English, but also a prerequisite for succeeding in any school subject, including the physical and social sciences and mathematics. Most standardized and school admission tests that students take emphasize the ability to use the English language properly. Writing and speaking skills are also important tools for getting a job and advancing in your chosen career. Employers will often make judgments about employees based on how well they are able to communicate with clients, fellow employees, and with those they supervise.
Despite the publication of hundreds of books that examine the English language, students still find English grammar and writing difficult to learn and understand. Books that are currently available are usually written by professional grammarians, whose technical insight of the subject is not shared by students. Explanations are often written from the perspective of the English professional; this can leave students confused about how rules of grammar apply in everyday situations. This confusion results from the countless rules governing proper grammar and writing, in addition to the numerous exceptions to these rules. Even when examples are provided for a topic, they often fall short in giving students a thorough grasp of the concept involved.
REA's Handbook of English does not use the abstract, technical jargon found in so many other English grammar books. Rather, it is written in a direct and easy-to-understand manner. Hundreds of practical examples have been included to enable students to see what is correct and what is incorrect in all areas of English. Numerous exercises are included at the end of every chapter for practicing all the concepts that are discussed.
Our book begins by describing how to write a paper. Chapter One covers the form of the paper, the purpose and point of the paper, writing an outline, selecting an introduction, writing the body of the paper, and writing the conclusion. The chapter also includes a special section on properly using a dictionary as a reference source.
The next section is devoted to parts of speech--the "building blocks" of good English. The first portion of this section includes separate, in-depth chapters on nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. The next portion is devoted entirely to the sentence, beginning with parts of the sentence, structural problems, and errors in sentence style. It also includes a chapter on figurative language, which covers figures of speech, mood, and voice. The last portion of this section is a chapter on the paragraph, which includes choosing a topic sentence, unity of the paragraph, and finally, conveying the tone of the paragraph.
The third section concentrates on punctuation--the "mechanics" of good English. This section is divided into two parts: stops and pauses, and clarification. Stops include the period, exclamation point, and question mark; pauses include the comma, semicolon, colon, dash, and parentheses. Clarification deals with quotation marks, the apostrophe, italics, capitalization, hyphens, brackets, and numbers.
The final section covers correct spelling--the "finishing touch" of good usage. This section includes word analysis, spelling lists, spelling rules, prefixes, suffixes, and proofreading. An index is included at the back of the book as a quick and easy reference tool.
Finally, we would like to thank REA's Carl Fuchs for managing the book's development and content, as well as the organization of the subject matter, review, and design.

Larry B. Kling
Program Director

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Table of Contents

REA HANDBOOK OF ENGLISH

CONTENTS
 

  PREFACE

1 INTRODUCTION
  1.1 ENGLISH GRAMMAR
  1.2 WRITING A PAPER
  1.2.1 The Form of the Paper
  1.3 PLANNING THE PAPER
  1.3.1 Purpose and Point
  1.3.2 Writing an Outline
  1.3.3 Introduction of the Paper
  1.3.4 Writing the Paper
  1.3.5 Conclusion of the Paper
  1.4 USING THE DICTIONARY
  1.4.1 Using the Right Word
  1.4.2 Similar Forms and Sounds
  1.4.3 Correct Meaning
  1.4.4 Denotation and Connotation
  1.4.5 Clear Writing
  1.4.6 What the Dictionary Tells Us
  1.4.7 The Dictionary as a Reference Source
  1.4.8 The Thesaurus
  1.5 EXERCISES

2 THE NOUN
  2.1 PROPER AND COMMON NOUNS
  2.2 CONCRETE AND ABSTRACT NOUNS
  2.3 COLLECTIVE NOUNS
  2.4 COUNTABLE AND NONCOUNTABLE NOUNS
  2.5 THE FUNCTION OF NOUNS IN A SENTENCE
  2.6 NOUN COMPOUNDS
  2.7 CHANGES IN FORM -- INFLECTION
  2.7.1 Gender
  2.7.2 Number -- Plural Nouns
  2.7.3 The Possessive Case
  2.8 EXERCISES

3 PRONOUNS
  3.1 PERSONAL PRONOUNS
  3.2 RELATIVE PRONOUNS --
    INTERIOR SENTENCES (CLAUSES)
  3.3 INTERROGATIVE PRONOUNS -- QUESTIONS
  3.4 DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS -- POINTERS
  3.5 INDEFINITE PRONOUNS
  3.6 REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS
  3.7 CASE -- THE FUNCTION OF THE
    PRONOUN IN A SENTENCE
  3.7.1 Subject Case
  3.7.2 Object Case
  3.7.3 Possessive Case
  3.8 EXERCISES

4 VERBS
  4.1 TENSE
  4.1.1 Main Parts of Commonly Used Irregular Verbs
  4.1.2 Errors to Avoid in Tense of Verbs
  4.2 AGREEMENT
  4.2.1 Errors to Avoid in Agreement
  4.3 VERBALS
  4.3.1 The Gerund
  4.3.2 The Infinitive
  4.3.3 The Participle
  4.4 EXERCISES

5 ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
  5.1 RECOGNIZING ADVERBS AND ADJECTIVES
  5.2 COMPARISON OF ADJECTIVES
  5.2.1 Errors to Avoid in Comparison
  5.3 COMPARISON WITH "OTHER"
    OR "ELSE" OR "OF ALL"
  5.4 CONFUSION WITH ADVERBS AND ADJECTIVES
  5.4.1 Linking Verbs
  5.5 THE ARTICLES -- LIMITING ADJECTIVES
  5.5.1 Errors to Avoid in Using the Article
  5.6 COMPOUND ADJECTIVES PRECEDING
    AND FOLLOWING A NOUN
  5.7 EXERCISES

6 PREPOSITIONS
  6.1 SIMPLE PREPOSITIONS
  6.2 GROUP PREPOSITIONS
  6.2.1 Errors to Avoid
  6.3 IDIOMATIC PREPOSITIONS
  6.4 EXERCISES

7 CONJUNCTIONS
  7.1 COORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS
  7.1.1 Errors to Avoid
  7.2 CONJUNCTIVE ADVERBS
  7.3 CORRELATIVE CONJUNCTIVES (used in pairs)
  7.3.1 Errors to Avoid
  7.4 SUBORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS
  7.5 OTHER ERRORS TO AVOID
  7.6 EXERCISES

8 PARTS OF THE SENTENCE
  8.1 SUBJECT AND PREDICATE
  8.2 TRANSITIVE VERBS AND OBJECTS
  8.3 INTRANSITIVE VERBS AND COMPLEMENTS
  8.4 COPULATIVE VERBS AND COMPLEMENTS --
    SENSING VERBS
  8.5 SENTENCE ORDER
  8.6 PHRASES
  8.7 CLAUSES
  8.8 SENTENCE ERRORS --
    STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS
  8.8.1 Dangling Modifiers
  8.8.2 Misplaced Modifiers
  8.8.3 Ambiguous Pronouns
  8.8.4 Lack of Parallel Structure
  8.8.5 Sentence Fragments
  8.8.6 Run-On Sentences
  8.9 ERRORS IN STYLE
  8.9.1 Short, Choppy Sentences -- Sentence Variation
  8.9.2 Wordiness
  8.9.3 Rambling Sentences
  8.10 EXERCISES
 

9 FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE
  9.1 FIGURES OF SPEECH
  9.2 MOOD
  9.3 VOICE
  9.4 EXERCISES

10 THE PARAGRAPH
  10.1 THE TOPIC SENTENCE
  10.2 LINKING EXPRESSIONS AND CONNECTORS
  10.3 EXPANDING A TOPIC SENTENCE
    INTO A PARAGRAPH
  10.4 LACK OF UNITY IN A PARAGRAPH
  10.5 LACK OF CONSISTENCY
  10.5.1 Point of View
  10.5.2 Tone
  10.6 EXERCISES

11 PUNCTUATION
  11.1 STOPS
  11.1.1 The Period
  11.1.2 The Question Mark
  11.1.3 The Exclamation Point
  11.2 PAUSES
  11.2.1 The Dash
  11.2.2 The Colon
  11.2.3 Parentheses
  11.2.4 The Semicolon
  11.2.5 The Comma
  11.3 EXERCISES
 

12 CLARIFICATION
  12.1 QUOTATION MARKS
  12.1.1 Writing a Dialogue
  12.1.2 Errors to Avoid
  12.2 THE APOSTROPHE
  12.2.1 Placement of the Apostrophe to Indicate Possession 206
  12.3 ITALICS
  12.3.1 Errors to Avoid
  12.4 CAPITALIZATION
  12.5 HYPHENS
  12.5.1 Compound Words
  12.5.2 Exceptions
  12.6 BRACKETS
  12.7 NUMBERS
  12.8 EXERCISES

13 SPELLING
  13.1 WORD ANALYSIS
  13.2 SPELLING LISTS
  13.3 SPELLING RULES
  13.3.1 Prefixes
  13.3.2 Suffixes
  13.4 PROOFREADING
  13.5 EXERCISES

  ANSWERS TO EXERCISES

  INDEX

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