The Little Red Writing Book: 20 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Writing (International Edition)

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For Grammar Aficionados from All Walks of Life!

There’s no need to fear the grammar goblin. Whether you’re a high school or college student, test-prep candidate, or working professional, this guidebook offers a review of grammar that is both relevant and distilled. A wealth of examples, charts, and engaging exercises makes The Little Gold Grammar Book an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to master those skills that will make a good writer ...

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The Little Red Writing Book: 20 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking (International Edition)

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Overview

For Grammar Aficionados from All Walks of Life!

There’s no need to fear the grammar goblin. Whether you’re a high school or college student, test-prep candidate, or working professional, this guidebook offers a review of grammar that is both relevant and distilled. A wealth of examples, charts, and engaging exercises makes The Little Gold Grammar Book an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to master those skills that will make a good writer even better.

Enjoy the benefits of your own self-paced grammar course:

*Grammar: A 100-question quiz focuses on the most useful areas of the “big six” grammar categories – subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, modification, parallelism, comparisons, and verb tenses.
*Diction: A collection of 50-plus word pairings highlight differences among easily confused word choices. Should we write anyone or any one?…?who or whom?…?may be or maybe?…?toward or towards?…?different from or different than?
*Idioms: A compilation of 200 idioms provides a convenient review of tricky “grammatical phrases.” Do we write prefer x to y or prefer x over y?…?in comparison to or in comparison with?…?regarded as or regarded to be?
*Review: A selection of 30 multiple-choice problems, complete with explanations and author’s notes, integrate key concepts of grammar, diction, idioms, and style.
*Also included are special sections on editing tips and punctuation, American English vs. British English, and traditional writing vs. digital writing.

From the Publisher: This book – a winner at the USA Book News Best Book Awards and voted Educational Book of the Year by the BPAA – is suitable for high school, community college, or university students, as well as any individual wanting to improve his or her core essential grammar skills.

From the Author: This guidebook was compiled with one primary goal in mind: To help readers master core essential grammar skills in the shortest possible time frame.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If there were ever a time when this reviewer recalled with gratitude the diligence and thoroughness of her writing teachers, it was while reviewing this book. The mechanics of expository writing, which many of us take for granted, are presented in an organized, attractive package that will serve the basic writing needs of students and professionals alike. Kaplan instructor Royal (Ace the GMAT) provides not only numerous examples of the principles of written English but exercises as well, with answers for those wishing to master the basics. Royal also includes tips on gender-neutral composition and designing various types of business documents. Borders and flourishes enliven the text and make the book as charming as its title. This handy reference, similar to Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, could only have been improved by the inclusion of a glossary and a general index. Recommended for high school, college, and writing collections. Ann Schade, Powers Memorial Lib., Palmyra, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897393208
  • Publisher: Maven Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandon Royal is an award-winning writer whose educational authorship includes The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Red Writing Book Deluxe Edition, The Little Green Math Book, and The Little Blue Reasoning Book. During his tenure working in Hong Kong for US-based Kaplan Educational Centers – a Washington Post subsidiary and the largest test-preparation organization in the world – Brandon honed his theories of teaching and education and developed a set of key learning “principles” to help define the basics of writing, grammar, math, and reasoning. A Canadian by birth and graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, his interest in writing began after completing writing courses at Harvard University. Since then he has authored a dozen books and reviews of his books have appeared in Time Asia magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal of America, Midwest Book Review, The Asian Review of Books, Choice Reviews Online, Asia Times Online, and About.com. Brandon is a five-time winner of the International Book Awards, a five-time gold medalist at the President’s Book Awards, as well as a winner of the Global eBook Awards, the USA Book News “Best Book Awards,” and recipient of the 2011 “Educational Book of the Year” award as presented by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

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Table of Contents

1 Write with a top-down approach 8
2 Break things down 14
3 Use transition words 17
4 Employ the six basic writing structures 22
5 Keep like things together 29
6 Support what you say 33
7 Personalize examples 45
8 Keep it simple 52
9 Cut down long sentences 55
10 Eliminate needless words 58
11 Gain active power 64
12 Favor verbs, not nouns 68
13 Always use parallel forms 71
14 Capitalize on sentence variety 77
15 Choose an appropriate tone 81
16 Capitalize on layout and design 86
17 Employ readability tools 89
18 Consider using headings and headlines 92
19 Keep your writing gender neutral 95
20 Go back and rework your writing 98
30 Rules of grammar 101
Using correct grammatical idioms 127
A few highlights on correct punctuation 131
App. 1 Overview of principles and rules 138
App. 2 American vs. British English 143
App. 3 Latin abbreviations 144
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