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At only 80 pages, English Simplified is a concise, inexpensive grammar handbook that has long been the choice of instructors due to its reliablity. This easy-to-use pocketbook will answer any questions a writer has about grammar, the writing process, or research, and keeps you at the top of your class by including the latest updates on documentation style, material on note-taking, source evaluation, and avoiding plagiarism. Additional information is included for ESL writers, and easy-to-read charts that clarify verb tenses and forms.

Table of Contents

Preface iv


Part 1 (Sections 101—130)

Sentences and Grammar

101—103. Sentences 1

104—110. Parts of Speech: SURVEY 2

111—112. Using Nouns 5

113—118. Using Verbs 6

119—120. Using Adjectives

and Adverbs 13

121—123. Using Pronouns 15

124—125. R ecognizing Phrases,

Clauses 19

126—127. Ag reement 21

128—130. Clear, Effective Sentences 24

Part 2 (Sections 201—227)


201—203. Comma [,] 31

204—205. Period [.] 34

206—207. Question Mark [?] 35

208—209. Exclamation Point [!] 35

210. Semicolon [;] 36

211—213. Apostrophe [’] 36

214. Italics (Underlining) 37

215—219. Quotation Marks [“ ”] 38

220—221. Colon [:] 39

222. Dash [–] 40

223—224. Parentheses [( )] 40

225. Brackets [[ ]] 41

226. Hyphen [-] 41

227. Slash [/] 42 

Part 3 (Sections 301—314)

Mechanics, with Spelling

301—303. Capitalization 43

304. Word Division (Syllabication) 45

305—307. Numbers 45

308—309. Abbreviations 46

310—314. Spelling 47

Part 4 (Sections 401—404)

Word Choice

401. Conciseness, Clarity, Originality 50

402. Standard, Appropriate English 52

403. Nondiscriminatory Terms 54

404. Similar Words Often Confused 54

Part 5 (Sections 501—510)

Paragraphs and Papers

501. Manuscript Form 60

502—503. Paragraphs 60

504. Netiqu ette Guidelines 63

505—506. Essays 63

507—510. Research Papers 67


Index Inside back cover


Quick Locator Chart (Detailed Contents) Back cover


ESL writers may wish to review the following sections:

107B     Prepositions 4

115B     Irregular Verb Forms 8

116 Tense and Other Verb Forms 9

117A     Note on Infinitives 12

120 Articles and Determiners 14

125B     Kinds of Dependent Clauses 20

401A     Double Negatives, Double Subjects, Double thats 50

403A     Nonsexist Terms 54

502 Paragraph Length 60

503C     Transitional Expressions 61

505—506 Essays 63

508B     Avoiding Plagiarism 70

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