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Rhetorical Grammar encourages writers to recognize and use the grammatical and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects those choices can have on their readers.

Rhetorical Grammar is a writer's grammar - a text that presents grammar as a rhetorical tool, avoiding the do's and don'ts so long associated with the study of grammar. It reveals to writers the system of grammar that they know subconsciously and encourages them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers and the effects of those choices on their readers. Besides providing key strategies for revision, Rhetorical Grammar presents systematic discussions of reader expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modification, diction, and other principles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205706754
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/22/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents





The Structure of Sentences

Chapter 1

An Introduction to Words and Phrases

Chapter Preview

Form Classes


The Noun Phrase


The Verb Phrase

NP + VP = S

Adjectives and Adverbs

Prepositional Phrases

Grammatical Choices

Key Terms

Chapter 2

Sentence Patterns

Chapter Preview

Rhetorical Effects

The Be Patterns

The Linking Verb Pattern

The Intransitive Pattern

The Basic Transitive Verb Pattern

Transitive Patterns with Two Complements

Sentence Pattern Summary

The Optional Adverbial

Questions and Commands

Punctuation and the Sentence Patterns

Basic Patterns in Prose

The Short Paragraph

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminder

Chapter 3

Our Versatile Verbs

Chapter Preview

The Expanded Verb

Using the Expanded Verb

Special Uses of the Present Tense

Other Auxiliaries

The Passive Voice

Using the Passive Voice

The Obscure Agent

Well-Chose Verbs: Showing, Not Telling

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Chapter 4

Coordination and Subordination

Chapter Preview

Coordination Within the Sentence

Parallel Structure

Coordination of the Series


Coordination with Correlative Conjunctions

Subject-Verb Agreement

Compound Sentences

Conjunctive Adverbs and Transitional Phrases

Compound Sentences with Semicolons

Compound Sentences with Colons

Punctuation Pitfalls

The Compound Sentence: Punctuation Review

Subordination: The Dependent Clauses

Revising Compound Structures

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminders

Part II

Controlling the Message

Chapter 5


Chapter Preview

Reader Expectation


The Known-New Contract

The Role of Pronouns

Personal Pronouns

Demonstrative Pronouns

The Role of the Passive Voice

Other Sentence Inversions


Repetition versus Redundancy

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Chapter 6

Sentence Rhythm

Chapter Preview

Intonation: The Peaks and Valleys

End Focus

Controlling Rhythm

The It-Cleft

The What-Cleft

The There Transformation

Rhythm and the Comma

Power Words

Correlative Conjunctions

Adverbials of Emphasis

The Common Only

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminder

Chapter 7

The Writer’s Voice

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Verbs and Formality

Nominalized Verbs and Abstract Subjects




The Overuse of Metadiscourse

Point of View

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminders

Part III

Making Choices: Form and Function

Chapter 8

Choosing Adverbials

Chapter Preview

The Movable Adverbials


Prepositional Phrases

Proliferating Prepositional Phrases

Noun Phrases

Verb Phrases

Dependent Clauses

Punctuation of Adverbial Clauses

Movability of Adverbial Clauses

The Because-Clause Myth

Elliptical Adverbial Clauses

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminders

Chapter 9

Choosing Adjectivals

Chapter Preview

The Noun Phrase

Preheadword Modifiers


Adjectives and Nouns

Modifier Noun Proliferation

The Movable Adjective Phrase

Postheadword Modifiers

Prepositional Phrases

Adjective Phrases

Participial Phrases

The Prenoun Participle

The Movable Participle

The Dangling Participle

Relative Clauses

The Relatives

The Broad-Reference Clause

Punctuation of Phrases and Clauses

A Punctuation Rule Revisited

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminders

Chapter 10

Choosing Nominals

Chapter Preview


The Colon with Appositives

Avoiding Punctuation Errors

The Sentence Appositive

Nominal Verb Phrases


The Dangling Gerund

The Subject of the Gerund


Nominal Clauses

Nominals as Delayed Subjects

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminder

Chapter 11

Other Stylistic Choices

Chapter Preview

Absolute Phrases

The Coordinate Series


Word-Order Variation



The Deliberate Fragment

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminders


Your Way With Words

Chapter 12

Words and Word Classes

Lexical Rules

Parts of Speech

The Form Classes


Plural-Only Forms

Collective Nouns

Proper Nouns




Derivational Affixes

The Structure Classes








Personal Pronouns

The Missing Pronoun

Case Errors

The Unwanted Apostrophe

The Ambiguous Antecedent

Reflexive Pronouns

Intensive Pronouns

Reciprocal Pronouns

Demonstrative Pronouns

Indefinite Pronouns

The Everyone/Their Issue

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminders



Chapter 13

Punctuation: Its Purposes, Its Hierarchy, and Its Rhetorical Effects

The Purposes of Punctuation Marks




The Hierarchy of Punctuation

The Rhetorical Effects of Punctuation

Key Terms

Glossary of Punctuation

Glossary of Terms


Answers to the Exercises


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