A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage


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PART ONE: BASIC GRAMMAR AND PARTS OF SPEECH.- *Grammar without Tears.- *Grammar Considerations for ESL Writers.- PART TWO: COMMON ERRORS IN GRAMMAR AND USAGE.- Unit One Understanding the Basic Sentence.- Unit Two Making Subjects and Verbs Agree.- Unit Three Using Correct Verb Tenses.- Unit Four Understanding Pronouns.- Unit Five Using Commas Correctly.- Unit Six Using Apostrophes Correctly.- Unit Seven Using Other Punctuation and Capitalizing Words.- Unit Eight Writing Clear Sentences.- PART THREE: COMMONSENSE ADVICE FOR WRITING.- Unit Nine Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism.- Unit Ten A Commonsense Writing Guide.- Apendices.

About the Author

Larry Beason is associate professor of English and director of composition at the University of South Alabama. His teaching interests include composition, grammar, and the teaching of writing. He has published in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English and Journal of Business Communication.
Mark Lester, former professor of English at Eastern Washington University, is the author of over a dozen books on grammar and linguistics. He has served as the chair of the department of English as a Second Language at the University of Hawaii and chair of the department of English at Eastern Washington University.

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