ISBN-10:
0131500902
ISBN-13:
9780131500907
Pub. Date:
10/28/2003
Publisher:
Pearson Education ESL
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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The Essentials of English: A Writer's Handbook (with APA Style) / Edition 1

From grammar and punctuation to the creation of essays and business letters, The Essentials of English: A Writer¿s Handbook, by Ann Hogue, is a must-have reference tool for today¿s writer. As easy to use as a dictionary, this handbook is designed specifically for non-native English speakers. The Essentials of English pays extra attention to articles, phrasal verbs, subordinate clauses, and other commonly troublesome items. The book uses everyday language and simple sentence structure in both explanations and examples. The examples reflect topics of multicultural interest.

Each part focuses on a single topic, building from sentence structure and mechanics to writing, revising, and proper formatting. Students also learn how to write a research paper in the MLA and APA styles. Practice exercises provide immediate application, and ¿Special Tips¿ throughout indicate common errors, explain confusing points, and offer helpful hints.

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ISBN-13: 9780131500907
Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Edition description: SPIRAL
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 555,611
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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