McGraw-Hill Education Handbook of English Grammar & Usage

McGraw-Hill Education Handbook of English Grammar & Usage

by Mark Lester


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The go-to guide for perfecting your grammar and communication skills in every situation

English teachers aren't the only ones who expect careful and correct language choices. Precision in language can be the deciding factor when it comes to getting a job or winning a promotion. Whether your skills need drastic improvement or a quick brush-up, The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage will get your grammar back on the right track.

Written by two expert grammarians, the book provides bottom-line definitions, tips, and simple rules that summarize the essentials you need to know. You’ll find clear examples of usage and as well guidance on communication via text, email, and social media.

The new, third edition of The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage features:
• Straightforward explanations of common mistakes and why they happen
• Hundreds of correct and incorrect sentence examples, with errors clearly marked
• Quick tips for fixing your most stubborn grammatical mishaps
• Catchy memory aids for writing correctly the first time, and more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260121674
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 130,964
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mark Lester is an experienced grammarian, ESL expert, and professor emeritus at Eastern Washington University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including McGraw-Hill's Essential ESL Grammar, The Big Book of English Verbs, and many more.

Larry Beason is an award-winning professor and director of the English composition program at the University of South Alabama. He has written numerous academic articles and given presentations on rhetoric, grammar, business communication, teaching, and the English language. Beason is also the author of several grammar books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part I Grammar 101 1

1 Parts of Speech 3

2 Basic Phrases 23

3 Sentences and Clauses 45

4 Verb Forms 73

5 Verbals 95

Part II How to Find and Correct Mistakes 111

6 Writing Complete Sentences 113

7 Subject-Verb Agreement 125

8 Pronoun Problems 143

9 Verb Problems 179

10 Modification 197

11 Commas 209

12 Apostrophes 237

13 Semicolons and Colons 257

14 Quotation Marks 273

15 Dashes, Hyphens, and Other Punctuation 285

16 Capitalization 317

17 Parallelism 327

18 Grammar Etiquette for Digital Communication 333

Appendix A Homophone Misspellings and Commonly Confused Words 355

Appendix B Commonly Misspelled Words 363

Appendix C Eggcorns: Incorrect Wording That Seems Correct 367

Glossary of Terms 373

Index 411

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