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The Essentials of English: A Writer's Handbook (with APA Style) / Edition 1

The Essentials of English: A Writer's Handbook (with APA Style) / Edition 1

by Ann Hogue
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ISBN-13: 9780131500907
Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Edition description: SPIRAL
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 685,553
Product dimensions: 7.55(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

PART 1 The Basics

1 Words

a Nouns

b Pronouns

c Verbs

d Adjectives

e Articles

f Adverbs

g Prepositions

h Conjunctions

i Interjections

2 Phrases

a Noun phrases

b Infinitive phrases

c Gerund phrases

d Prepositional phrases

e -ing and -ed phrases

f Appositive phrases

3 Clauses

a Independent clauses

b Dependent clauses

4 Sentences

a Sentence parts

b Sentence patterns

c Question patterns

d Kinds of sentences

PART 2 Clear Sentences

5 Connecting Ideas

a Coordination

b Subordination

c Coordination or subordination?

6 Connecting Ideas by Coordination

a Making compound sentences

b Connecting words coordinating conjunctions

c Connecting words with correlative conjunctions

d Using parallel forms

7 Connecting Ideas by Subordination

a Making complex sentences

b Using appositives

c Using -ing and -ed phrases

d Using shortened adverb clauses

8 Common Sentence Problems

a Fragments

b Run-together sentences

c Choppy writing

d Overuse of and, but, and so

9 Word Order

a Normal word order

b Inverted (verb-subject) word order

c Word order of direct and indirect objects

d Varying sentence openings

10 Word Choice

a Dictionaries and thesauruses

b Informal language and slang

c Gender-sensitive (sexist) language

PART 3 Grammar

11 Verb Forms and Tenses

a Verb forms

b Verb tenses

c Special tense combinations

d Modals

e Passive voice

12 Special Situations with Verbs

a Gerunds

b Infinitives

c Gerunds vs. infinitives

d Phrasal verbs

13 Subject-Verb Agreement

a Singular subject

b Singular or plural subjects

c Plural subjects

d Confusing situations

14 Nouns: Count and Noncount

a Count nouns

b Noncount nouns

c Count or noncount nouns

d Expressing quantity

15 Articles

a For generic nouns: a, an, or no article ( æ )

b For indefinite articles: a, an, or some

c For definite nouns: the

d Idiomatic uses of articles

e Choosing the right article

16 Pronouns

a Subject, object, and possessive forms

b Special situations

c Myself, ourselves

d Each other and one another

17 Pronoun Agreement

a With indefinite pronouns: someone, everybody

b With generic nouns: a student, an employee

c With collective nouns: team, class

d With eitheror and neither ... nor

18 Pronouns: Unclear Reference

19 Adjectives and Adverbs: Position

a Position of adjectives

b Position of adverbs

20 Special Situations with Adjectives

a Agreement of adjectives

b Order of adjectives

c Participial adjectives: boring or bored?

21 Comparisons

a Equal degree: as big as, the same size as

b Comparative and superlative degrees: bigger than, the biggest; more difficult than, the most difficult

c Parallel forms with comparisons

22 Negatives

a No vs. not

b Double negatives

23 Adjective Clauses

a Subject pronouns: who, which, that

b Object pronouns: whom, which, that, æ (no pronoun)

c Possessive pronoun: whose

d Relative adverbs: where and when

e Punctuation of adjective clauses

PART 4 Punctuation

24 End Punctuation

a Periods

b Question marks

c Exclamation points

25 Commas

a In compound sentences

b After introducers

c Around extra-information modifiers

d With transition signals

e With direct quotations

f With items in a series

g Other uses of commas

26 Semicolons

a In compound sentences

b In compound sentences with transition signals

c In a series containing commas

27 Colons

a In sentences

b Other uses of colons

28 Apostrophes

a With possessives

b In contractions and in years

c With special plurals

29 Quotation Marks

a With direct quotations

b Other uses of quotation marks

30 Parentheses

31 Dashes

32 Brackets and Ellipses

PART 5 Mechanics

33 Capital Letters

a Pronoun I

b First word of a sentence

c Proper nouns and most proper adjectives

d Titles and subtitles of works

e Greetings and closings in letters

f Certain abbreviations

34 Hyphens

a In compound words

b Dividing words at the end of a line

35 Underlining and Italics

a Titles of long works

b Foreign words

c Numbers, letters, and words used as words

36 Abbreviations

a Titles of people

b Dates and times

c Familiar abbreviations

d Postal codes

e Latin abbreviations

f Words usually not abbreviated

37 Numbers

a Numbers written as words

b Numbers written as numerals

c Forming plural numbers

38 Spelling

a ei or ie rule

b Adding suffixes

c Forming plurals

d British and American spelling

PART 6 Writing and Revising

39 Writing in English

40 The Writing Process

a Creating

b Organizing

c Writing

d Polishing

41 Paragraphs

a Topic sentence

b Supporting sentences

c Paragraph unity

d Paragraph coherence

e Concluding sentence

f Patterns of paragraph organization

42 Essays

a Introduction

b Body

c Conclusion

d Patterns of essay organization

PART 7 Formats

43 Writing on a Computer

44 Document Formats

a Academic papers (MLA style)

b Lab reports

c Business documents

d E-mail

45 Research Papers

a Making a schedule

b Taking a library tour

c Choosing a topic

d Collecting information

e Reading and taking notes

f Writing and revising the paper

g Citing your sources (MLA style)

h Sample research paper

PART 8 Reference Lists

46 Irregular Verbs

47 Verb + Prepositions Combinations

48 Phrasal Verbs

49 Adjective + Preposition Combinations

50 Pairs of -ing / -ed Adjectives

51 Proper Nouns with The

52 Connecting Words

53 Transition Signals

54 Troublesome Words

55 Editing Symbols

56 APA Style

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