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The Essentials of English A Writer's Handbook (with APA Style)

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Edition:
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ISBN13:

9780131500907

ISBN10:
0131500902
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Pub. Date:
10/14/2003
Publisher(s):
Pearson Education ESL
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From grammar and punctuation to the creation of essays and business letters, "The Essentials of English: A Writer's Handbook" is a must-have reference tool for today's writer. As easy to use as a dictionary, this handbook is designed specifically for non-native English speakers: Pays extra attention to articles, phrasal verbs, subordinate clauses, and other commonly troublesome items. Uses everyday language and simple sentence structure in both explanations and examples. Examples reflect topics of multicultural interest. Includes reference lists especially helpful to non-native speakers.Each part focuses on a single topic, building from sentence structure and mechanics to writing, revising, and proper formatting. Students also learn how to write a research paper in the MLA and APA styles. Practice exercises provide immediate application, and "Special Tips" throughout indicate common errors, explain confusing points, and offer helpful hints. "The Essentials of English" includes,eight parts, an answer key, and an index: The Basics Clear Sentences Grammar Punctuation Mechanics Writing and Revising Formats Research Papers Reference Lists"Exercises to Accompany The Essentials of English" provides additional practice related to the writing process, sentence structure, grammar, pronunciation, and more.

Table of Contents

Preface x
PART 1 The Basics
1(28)
Words
2(14)
Nouns
2(1)
Pronouns
3(1)
Verbs
4(4)
Adjectives
8(1)
Articles
9(1)
Adverbs
9(2)
Prepositions
11(1)
Conjunctions
12(3)
Interjections
15(1)
Phrases
16(3)
Noun phrases
16(1)
Infinitive phrases
17(1)
Gerund phrases
17(1)
Prepositional phrases
17(1)
-ing and -ed phrases
18(1)
Appositive phrases
18(1)
Clauses
19(2)
Independent clauses
19(1)
Dependent clauses
19(2)
Sentences
21(8)
Sentence parts
22(2)
Sentence patterns
24(2)
Question patterns
26(1)
Kinds of sentences
27(2)
PART 2 Clear Sentences
29(44)
Connecting Ideas
30(2)
Coordination
30(1)
Subordination
30(1)
Coordination or subordination?
31(1)
Connecting Ideas by Coordination
32(10)
Making compound sentences
33(4)
Connecting words with coordinating conjunctions
37(1)
Connecting words with correlative conjunctions
38(2)
Using parallel forms
40(2)
Connecting Ideas by Subordination
42(11)
Making complex sentences
42(7)
Using appositives
49(1)
Using -ing and -ed phrases
50(1)
Using shortened adverb clauses
51(2)
Common Sentence Problems
53(8)
Fragments
54(3)
Run-together sentences
57(2)
Choppy writing
59(1)
Overuse of and, but, and so
60(1)
Word Order
61(7)
Normal word order
61(1)
Inverted (verb-subject) word order
62(3)
Word order of direct and indirect objects
65(1)
Varying sentence openings
66(2)
Word Choice
68(5)
Dictionaries and thesauruses
68(1)
Informal language and slang
69(1)
Gender-sensitive (sexist) language
70(3)
PART 3 Grammar
73(120)
Verb Forms and Tenses
75(50)
Verb forms
75(1)
Verb tenses
76(18)
Special tense combinations
94(15)
Modals
109(11)
Passive voice
120(5)
Special Situations with Verbs
125(17)
Gerunds
125(6)
Infinitives
131(8)
Gerunds vs. infinitives
139(2)
Phrasal verbs
141(1)
Subject-Verb Agreement
142(7)
Singular subjects
144(1)
Singular or plural subjects
145(1)
Plural subjects
145(1)
Confusing situations
146(3)
Nouns: Count and Noncount
149(7)
Count nouns
150(1)
Noncount nouns
150(1)
Count or noncount nouns
151(1)
Expressing quantity
152(4)
Articles
156(9)
For generic nouns: a, an, or no article (Ø)
157(1)
For indefinite nouns: a, an, or some
158(1)
For definite nouns: the
159(4)
Idiomatic uses of articles
163(1)
Choosing the right article
164(1)
Pronouns
165(5)
Subject, object, and possessive forms
165(1)
Special situations
166(2)
Myself, ourselves
168(1)
Each other and one another
169(1)
Pronoun Agreement
170(3)
With indefinite pronouns: someone, everybody
170(1)
With generic nouns: a student, an employee
171(1)
With collective nouns: team, class
171(1)
With either ... or and neither ... nor
172(1)
Pronouns: Unclear Reference
173(1)
Adjectives and Adverbs: Position
174(2)
Position of adjectives
174(1)
Position of adverbs
174(2)
Special Situations with Adjectives
176(3)
Agreement of adjectives
176(1)
Order of adjectives
177(1)
Participial adjectives: boring or bored?
178(1)
Comparisons
179(6)
Equal degree: as big as, the same size as
180(1)
Comparative and superlative degrees: bigger than, the biggest; more difficult than, the most difficult
181(2)
Parallel forms with comparisons
183(2)
Negatives
185(1)
No vs. not
185(1)
Double negatives
185(1)
Adjective Clauses
186(7)
Subject pronouns: who, which, that
187(1)
Object pronouns: whom, which, that, Ø (no pronoun)
187(1)
Possessive pronoun: whose
188(1)
Relative adverbs: where and when
189(1)
Punctuation of adjective clauses
190(3)
PART 4 Punctuation
193(30)
End Punctuation
194(2)
Periods
194(1)
Question marks
195(1)
Exclamation points
195(1)
Commas
196(12)
In compound sentences
196(2)
After introducers
198(1)
Around extra-information modifiers
199(3)
With transition signals
202(1)
With direct quotations
203(1)
With items in a series
203(2)
Other uses of commas
205(3)
Semicolons
208(2)
In compound sentences
208(1)
In compound sentences with transition signals
208(1)
In a series containing commas
209(1)
Colons
210(3)
In sentences
210(2)
Other uses of colons
212(1)
Apostrophes
213(4)
With possessives
213(2)
In contractions and in years
215(1)
With special plurals
216(1)
Quotation Marks
217(3)
With direct quotations
217(1)
Other uses of quotation marks
218(2)
Parentheses
220(1)
Dashes
220(1)
Brackets and Ellipses
221(2)
PART 5 Mechanics
223(30)
Capital Letters
224(6)
Pronoun
224(1)
First word of a sentence
224(1)
Proper nouns and most proper adjectives
225(3)
Titles and subtitles of works
228(1)
Greetings and closings in letters
228(1)
Certain abbreviations
228(2)
Hyphens
230(3)
In compound words
230(1)
Dividing words at the end of a line
231(2)
Underlining and Italics
233(3)
Titles of long works
233(1)
Foreign words
234(1)
Numbers, letters, and words used as words
235(1)
Abbreviations
236(4)
Titles of people
237(1)
Dates and times
237(1)
Familiar abbreviations
238(1)
Postal codes
239(1)
Latin abbreviations
239(1)
Words usually not abbreviated
239(1)
Numbers
240(4)
Numbers written as words
240(2)
Numbers written as numerals
242(1)
Forming plural numbers
242(2)
Spelling
244(9)
ei or ie rule
244(1)
Adding suffixes
244(2)
Forming plurals
246(4)
British and American spelling
250(3)
PART 6 Writing and Revising
253(58)
Writing in English
254(1)
The Writing Process
255(17)
Creating
255(6)
Organizing
261(3)
Writing
264(1)
Polishing
265(7)
Paragraphs
272(19)
Topic sentence
273(1)
Supporting sentences
274(3)
Paragraph unity
277(1)
Paragraph coherence
278(5)
Concluding sentence
283(1)
Patterns of paragraph organization
284(7)
Essays
291(20)
Introduction
291(4)
Body
295(1)
Conclusion
296(2)
Patterns of essay organization
298(13)
PART 7 Formats
311(58)
Writing on a Computer
312(1)
Document Formats
313(23)
Academic papers (MLA style)
313(5)
Lab reports
318(5)
Business documents
323(11)
E-mail
334(2)
Research Papers
336(33)
Making a schedule
336(1)
Taking a library tour
337(1)
Choosing a topic
338(1)
Collecting information
338(6)
Reading and taking notes
344(7)
Writing and revising the paper
351(2)
Citing your sources (MLA style)
353(6)
Sample research paper
359(10)
PART 8 Reference Lists
369(64)
Irregular Verbs
370(1)
Verb + Preposition Combinations
371(1)
Phrasal Verbs
372(13)
Adjective + Preposition Combinations
385(1)
Pairs of -ing/-ed Adjectives
385(1)
Proper Nouns with The
386(2)
Connecting Words
388(6)
Transition Signals
394(4)
Troublesome Words
398(12)
Editing Symbols
410(4)
APA Style
414(19)
Answer Key 433(14)
Index 447


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