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Covers grammar, punctuation, capitalization, numbers, compound words, abbreviations, and correct word usage. Easy to use and understand. Hundreds of clear examples.
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Covers grammar, punctuation, capitalization, numbers, compound words, abbreviations, and correct word usage. Easy to use and understand. Hundreds of clear examples.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764571268
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2004

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Grammar 1
Parts of Speech 1
Noun 1
Pronoun 1
Verb 1
Adjective 2
Adverb 2
Preposition 2
Conjunction 2
Interjection 2
Phrases and Clauses 3
Phrase 3
Clause 4
Types of Sentences 5
Simple Sentence 5
Compound Sentence 5
Complex Sentence 6
Compound-Complex Sentence 6
Parts of a Sentence 6
Subject 6
Verb 8
Complement 10
Modifiers 12
Connectives 13
Verbals 16
Nouns and Pronouns 17
Proper Nouns 17
Common Nouns 17
Collective Nouns 18
Concrete Nouns 18
Abstract Nouns 18
Personal Pronouns 18
Relative Pronouns 19
Interrogative Pronouns 19
Indefinite Pronouns 20
Demonstrative Pronouns 20
Reflexive Pronouns 20
Case 22
Nominative Case 23
Subject of a Verb in a Main Clause 24
Subject of a Relative Clause 24
Subject of a Clause Introduced by than or as 25
Words Following Forms of be (Predicate Nominative) 26
Direct Address 28
Objective Case 28
Direct Object of a Verb or Verbal 29
Indirect Object of a Verb or Verbal 30
Object of a Preposition 31
Subject of an Infinitive 31
Words Following Infinitive to be 31
Subject of a Participle and of a Gerund 32
Possessive Case (and its Proper Punctuation 33
Possessive of Singular Words 33
Possessive of Plural Words 36
Use of the of Phrase to Form Possessive 36
Possessive of Compound Words 37
Joint, Separate, and Alternative Possession 40
Possessive of Abbreviations 41
Parallel Possessives 41
Possessive with a Gerund 42
He/She 43
Agreement and Reference 44
Subject Problems 45
Collective Words 45
Units of Measure 49
Confusing Singular and Plural Forms 50
Indefinite Pronouns 52
Relative Pronouns 55
Subjects Joined by and 57
Subjects Joined by or or nor 58
Shifts in Number or Person 60
Structure Problems 62
Verb Precedes Subject 63
Words Intervening between Subject and Verb 65
Subject and Predicate Differ in Number 66
Construction Shift and Parallelism 67
Special Problems of Pronoun Reference 67
Ambiguous Antecedents 67
Indefinite Antecedents 68
Implied Antecedents 68
Vague Reference 69
Verbs and Verbals 70
Tense 70
Principal Parts of Troublesome Verbs 73
Past Tense vs. Past Perfect Tense 77
Mood 78
Indicative Mood 78
Imperative Mood 78
Subjunctive Mood 79
Shifts in Mood 82
Voice 83
Active and Passive Voice 83
Shifts in Voice 84
Modifiers 84
Classification of Modifiers 84
Articles 85
Adverbs with Two Forms 86
Adjectives and Adverbs (Degrees of Comparison) 88
Positive Degree 88
Comparative Degree 88
Superlative Degree 89
Using -er and -est vs. more and most 89
Irregular Comparisons 90
Problems with Comparison (Adjectives and Adverbs) 91
Comparison with other and else 91
Incomplete Comparison--Improper Ellipsis 92
Split Infinitives 95
Verbals and Verbal Phrases as Modifiers 95
Dangling Verbal Phrases 96
Prepositional Phrases as Modifiers 97
Dependent Clauses as Modifiers 98
Relative Pronouns Introducing Clauses 99
Placement of Modifiers 100
Modifier between Subject and Verb 100
Single Adverbs 100
Phrases and Clauses 101
Usage 177
Abbreviations 251
Punctuation 251
Geographic Terms 253
Names and Titles 256
Parts of Publications 261
Calendar Divisions 262
Standard Word Abbreviations 262
Metric Abbreviations 282
Standard Abbreviations for Other Units of Measure 285
Latin Abbreviations 292
Forms of Address 303
Index 327
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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    A Great Way to Catch up with Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage. Defidently a money's worth

    This concise guide to the syntax of English is both easy to understand and easy to use. It's small scale is also perfect for carrying with you in your pocket if you need to. It covers every important aspect of grammar and punctuation and has two separate sections for usage and abbreviation. The only negative is that it doesn't explain what gerunds and action verbs are, which are easily defined in the common dictionary (a gerund is a verb in the -ing form that acts as a noun) (an action verb is a verb that expresses complete action and is usually followed by a direct and indirect object). I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to re-learn grammar and be able to right much better, learn how to correctly use grammar, and outsmart the unfortunate person who didn't purchase this book.

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