Grammar Troublespots: A Guide for Student Writers

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/5/2004
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Ideal for student writers, this compact grammar reference guide contains many challenging and useful practice activities. This text provides a guide to the 20 most common errors students make in writing, such as subject-verb agreement, verb tense choice, and article usage. Each unit contains a straightforward description of the troublespot and practice activities. An answer key enables students to use the book as a self-study reference guide.

Author Biography

Ann Raimes is a leading authority on grammar and second language writing. She is the author of numerous articles and books, For over thirty years, she has been teaching composition and rhetoric at Hunter College, City University of New York

Table of Contents

Introduction iv
Acknowledgements v
Troublespot 1 Basic Sentence Structure 1(8)
Troublespot 2 Sentence Building 9(10)
Troublespot 3 Sentence Boundaries 19(7)
Troublespot 4 Punctuation 26(6)
Troublespot 5 Verbs and Auxiliaries 32(9)
Troublespot 6 Verb Tense System 41(6)
Troublespot 7 Present Verb Tenses 47(9)
Troublespot 8 Past Verb Tenses 56(8)
Troublespot 9 Active and Passive Voice 64(9)
Troublespot 10 Modal Auxiliaries 73(8)
Troublespot 11 Nouns and Quantity Words 81(9)
Troublespot 12 Subject-Verb Agreement 90(8)
Troublespot 13 Articles 98(8)
Troublespot 14 Pronoun and Pronoun Reference 106(8)
Troublespot 15 Adjectives and Adverbs 114(9)
Troublespot 16 Infinitive, -ing, and Past Participle Forms 123(9)
Troublespot 17 Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs 132(10)
Troublespot 18 Relative Clauses 142(8)
Troublespot 19 Conditions and Wishes 150(6)
Troublespot 20 Quoting, Reporting, and Citing Sources 156(11)
References 167(1)
Appendix 168(3)
Answer Key 171(14)
Index 185

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