Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference: The Definitive Source for Clear and Concise Writing

Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference: The Definitive Source for Clear and Concise Writing

by Gary Lutz, Stevenson Diane

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599632247
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 556,059
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Grammar: An Overview

Chapter 1 Nouns and Verbs 4

Chapter 2 Modifiers and Other Parts of Speech 31

Chapter 3 Phrases 44

Chapter 4 Clauses 61

Part II Grammar: Rules, Conventions, and Errors to Avoid

Chapter 5 Agreement of Subjects and Verbs 82

Chapter 6 Other Errors in the Use of Verbs 107

Chapter 7 Parallelism 111

Chapter 8 Errors in Modification: Misplaced, Dangling, and Ambiguous Modifiers 127

Chapter 9 Other Errors in Modification 141

Chapter 10 Personal Pronouns 148

Chapter 11 Agreement of Pronouns and Their Antecedents 159

Chapter 12 References of Pronouns 168

Chapter 13 Faulty Comparisons 178

Chapter 14 Faulty Predication 183

Chapter 15 Mishandled Elliptical Constructions 187

Chapter 16 Two Special Problems With That 191

Part III Punctuation: Rules, Conventions, and Errors to Avoid

Chapter 17 Terminal Punctuation Marks 196

Chapter 18 The Comma 200

Chapter 19 The Semicolon and the Colon 235

Chapter 20 Parentheses and Dashes 242

Chapter 21 The Apostrophe 248

Chapter 22 Quotation Marks and Italics 257

Chapter 23 Specialized Punctuation Marks 265

Chapter 24 The Hyphen 270

Chapter 25 Punctuating Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences 293

Part IV Mechanics and Usage

Chapter 26 Capitalization 303

Chapter 27 The Presentation of Numbers 312

Chapter 28 Abbreviations 316

Chapter 29 Glossary of Commonly Misused Words 318

Appendix: Subject Guide 332

Index 338

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