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English Grammar For Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Understanding Verbs and Sentences 7 Chapter 1: Who Cares about Grammar? 9 Chapter 2: Verbs: The Engine of the Sentence21 Chapter 3: Timing is Everything: Understanding Verb Tense 35 Chapter 4: Who?s Doing What? Finding the Subject 53 Chapter 5: One with the Lot: The Complete Sentence 61 Chapter 6: Following On: Objects and Complements 75 Part II: Adding Detail and Avoiding Common Errors 87 Chapter 7: Driving a Road Train: Joining Sentences 89 Chapter 8: Accessorising: Modifying with Adjectives and Adverbs 105 Chapter 9: Filling the Gaps: Prepositions, Interjections and Articles 121 Chapter 10: She?ll Be Right: Handling Pronouns 133 Chapter 11: Making it Match: About Agreement 151 Part III: Punctuating for Precision 161 Chapter 12: Commas: Pauses That Count 163 Chapter 13: Apostrophes: They?re There for a Reason 183 Chapter 14: Quotations: He Said, She Said 197 Chapter 15: Adding Information: Semicolons and Colons 223 Chapter 16: Dots and Dashes: Ellipses, Hyphens, Dashes and Slashes 235 Chapter 17: CAPITAL LETTERS and Numerals 245 Part IV: Grammar with Style ? the Finer Points 257 Chapter 18: Perfecting Pronouns 259 Chapter 19: Finetuning Verbs and Verbals 271 Chapter 20: Saying What You Want to Say: Descriptions 289 Chapter 21: Refining Your Writing: Grammar in Action 305 Chapter 22: e-Grammar: Accuracy in Electronic Communication 331 Part V: The Part of Tens 347 Chapter 23: Ten Common Grammar Errors and How to Revise Them 349 Chapter 24: Ten Things Grammar and Spell Checkers Can?t Do 355 Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Improve Your Writing 361 Chapter 26: Ten Ways two to Improve Your Editing 367 Glossary 373 Index 385

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Wendy M Anderson is an author, editor and educator. She has taught effective communication in classroom and business environments for over 20 years. Geraldine Woods has taught grammar for over 25 years. Lesley J Ward is a founding member of the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

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