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Basic English Grammar for Dummies, UK Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Basic English Grammar 5 Chapter 1: Getting a Grip on Grammar 7 Chapter 2: Language in Action 21 Part II: The Parts of Speech 31 Chapter 3: People to See, Places to Go, Things to Remember: Recognising Nouns 33 Chapter 4: Practising Pronouns 47 Chapter 5: Doing and Being Words: Verbs 65 Chapter 6: Describing with Adjectives and Adverbs 83 Chapter 7: Little Things Mean a Lot: Prepositions 101 Chapter 8: Joining and Commenting: Conjunctions and Interjections 113 Part III: Creating Correct Sentences 125 Chapter 9: Making Progress: Verbs Ending in -ing 127 Chapter 10: Revisiting the Past: The Perfect Tenses 139 Chapter 11: Searching for Subjects 153 Chapter 12: Adding Meaning with Complements 169 Chapter 13: Finishing the Job: Writing Complete Sentences 183 Part IV: Punctuation and Capitalisation 197 Chapter 14: Small Punctuation Mark, Big Trouble: Apostrophes 199 Chapter 15: Pausing for a Rest: Commas 213 Chapter 16: Who Said What: Quotation Marks 229 Chapter 17: Big or Small? When to Write Capital Letters 243 Part V: Grammar in Action 259 Chapter 18: Writing with Electronic Media 261 Chapter 19: Presentation Slides and Bulleted Lists 273 Chapter 20: Writing at School and on the Job 285 Part VI: Common Errors 299 Chapter 21: Spelling Your Way to Perfection 301 Chapter 22: Tricky Word Traps 311 Chapter 23: Avoiding Common Mistakes 323 Part VII: The Part of Tens 333 Chapter 24: Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills 335 Chapter 25: Ten Mistakes to Avoid 341 Index 347

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Geraldine Woods has more than 35 years of teaching experience. She is the author of more than 50 books, including English Grammar Workbook For Dummies and Research Papers For Dummies.

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