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Quickly master English writing skills with THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS, FORM A, Tenth Edition. Brief and uncomplicated, this text has helped students learn the basics of English writing for thirty years with its clear, concise concept explanations and useful, relevant corresponding exercises. Topics include spelling, word choice, sentence structure, and punctuation, as well as more advanced topics, such as the writing process, argumentation, and summarizing skills. Check your work easily with exercise answers located in the back of the book, making it an excellent writing resource even after the course has ended.

Table of Contents

To the Instructorp. vii
What Is the Least You Should Know?p. 1
Word Choice and Spellingp. 3
Your Own List of Misspelled Wordsp. 3
Words Often Confused (Set 1)p. 4
Proofreading Exercisep. 12
Sentence Writingp. 13
Words Often Confused (Set 2)p. 14
Proofreading Exercisep. 22
Sentence Writingp. 22
The Eight Parts of Speechp. 23
Paragraph Exercisep. 28
Sentence Writingp. 28
Adjectives and Adverbsp. 29
Proofreading Exercisep. 35
Sentence Writingp. 35
Contractionsp. 36
Proofreading Exercisep. 41
Sentence Writingp. 41
Possessivesp. 42
Proofreading Exercisep. 47
Sentence Writingp. 47
Review of Contractions and Possessivesp. 48
Words That Can Be Broken into Partsp. 50
Rule for Doubling a Final Letterp. 50
Progress Testp. 54
Using a Dictionaryp. 55
Sentence Structurep. 61
Finding Subjects and Verbsp. 63
Paragraph Exercisep. 68
Sentence Writingp. 68
Locating Prepositional Phrasesp. 69
Paragraph Exercisep. 73
Sentence Writingp. 74
Understanding Dependent Clausesp. 75
Paragraph Exercisep. 80
Sentence Writingp. 81
Correcting Fragmentsp. 82
Proofreading Exercisep. 87
Sentence Writingp. 88
Correcting Run-on Sentencesp. 89
Review of Fragments and Run-On Sentencesp. 95
Proofreading Exercisep. 96
Sentence Writingp. 96
Identifying Verb Phrasesp. 97
Review Exercisep. 101
Using Standard English Verbsp. 103
Proofreading Exercisep. 108
Sentence Writingp. 108
Using Regular and Irregular Verbsp. 109
Progress Testp. 118
Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreementp. 119
Proofreading Exercisep. 125
Sentence Writingp. 125
Avoiding Shifts in Timep. 126
Proofreading Exercisesp. 127
Recognizing Verbal Phrasesp. 128
Paragraph Exercisep. 133
Sentence Writingp. 133
Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiersp. 134
Proofreading Exercisep. 137
Sentence Writingp. 137
Following Sentence Patternsp. 138
Paragraph Exercisep. 143
Sentence Writingp. 144
Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordinessp. 145
Proofreading Exercisesp. 148
Correcting for Parallel Structurep. 149
Proofreading Exercisep. 153
Sentence Writingp. 154
Using Pronounsp. 155
Proofreading Exercisep. 162
Sentence Writingp. 162
Avoiding Shifts in Personp. 163
Proofreading Exercisesp. 163
Review of Sentence Structure Errorsp. 165
Proofreading Exercisep. 167
Punctuation and Capital Lettersp. 168
Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dashp. 168
Proofreading Exercisep. 174
Sentence Writingp. 174
Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3p. 175
Proofreading Exercisep. 180
Sentence Writingp. 181
Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6p. 182
Proofreading Exercisep. 187
Sentence Writingp. 188
Review of the Commap. 188
Comma Review Exercisep. 189
Sentence Writingp. 189
Quotation Marks and Underlining/Italicsp. 190
Paragraph Exercisep. 194
Sentence Writingp. 195
Capital Lettersp. 196
Review of Punctuation and Capital Lettersp. 202
Comprehensive Testp. 203
Writingp. 205
What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing?p. 206
Basic Structuresp. 207
The Paragraphp. 207
Defining a Paragraphp. 207
Types of Paragraphsp. 207
The Essayp. 209
The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyondp. 210
Defining an Essayp. 211
A Sample Essayp. 211
"Paper Chase"p. 211
Writing Skillsp. 213
Writing in Your Own Voicep. 213
Narrationp. 214
Descriptionp. 217
Writing Assignmentsp. 217
Narration: Famous Sayingsp. 218
Description: A Picture Worth 250 Words?p. 218
Finding a Topicp. 218
Look to Your Interestsp. 218
Focused Free Writing (or Brainstorming)p. 219
Clusteringp. 220
Talking with Other Studentsp. 220
List Your Interestsp. 221
Do Some Free Writingp. 221
Try Clustering Ideasp. 221
Organizing Ideasp. 221
Thesis Statementsp. 221
Topic, Fact, or Thesis?p. 222
Write a Thesis Statementp. 223
Organizing an Essayp. 223
Topic Sentencesp. 223
Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs)p. 224
Transitional Expressionsp. 224
Adding Transitional Expressionsp. 225
How Do You Get Ready?p. 226
Supporting with Detailsp. 226
Types of Supportp. 226
Write an Essay on One of Your Interestsp. 229
An Influential Personp. 229
Revising Your Papersp. 229
Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?p. 231
Revision Checklistp. 232
Exchanging Papersp. 232
Proofreading Aloudp. 232
What's in a Name?p. 233
Clothes Make Us Humanp. 233
A Movie or TV Show That Has Made an Impressionp. 233
An Achievementp. 233
Presenting Your Workp. 234
Paper Formatsp. 234
Titlesp. 234
Writing an Argumentp. 235
Taking a Stand and Proving Your Pointp. 235
"College at Sixteen? I Think Not!"p. 236
Three Requirements of a Strong Written Argumentp. 237
Take a Stand on Gradesp. 238
A Longer, More Challenging Readingp. 238
"Science Fiction: The Future of Spelling"p. 239
Writing Summariesp. 241
Sample Summaryp. 241
"Bollywood Film Facts"p. 242
Write a Short Summary: Ask Yourself, "What's the Big Idea?"p. 244
"The First Horoscopes"p. 244
Summary Checklistp. 246
Respond to a Reading in One of Three Waysp. 246
"Study Hard, and You, Too, Can Deliver Pizza"p. 247
Answersp. 250
Indexp. 327
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