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Brief, accessible, and inexpensive, The Little Brown Essential Handbook for Writers, Fourth Edition, answers common and not-so-common questions about the writing process, usage, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, document design, research writing, and documentation. Minimal terminology, clear explanations and examples, and pointers for ESL writers help students at all levels. Extensive sections on document design and source documentation support writers in all disciplines, both in and out of school. The convenient pocket size, four-color design, spiral binding, and numerous reference aids make the book convenient to carry and easy to consult.

Table of Contents

The Process of Writing
The writing situation
Development and focus
Source documentation
Editing and proofreading
Clarity And Style
Subjects and verbs
Concise writing
Sentence beginnings and endings
Parallelism with and, but, or, not, yet
Parallelism with both...and, either...or, and so on
Variety and Details
Varied sentence lengths and structures
Appropriate Words
Colloquial language
Technical words
Indirect and pretentious writing
Sexist and other biased language
Exact Words
The right word for your meaning
Concrete and specific words
Trite expressions
Focusing on the subject and verb
Cutting empty words
Cutting unneeded repetition
Reducing clauses and phrases
Cutting there is or it is
Combining sentences
Sentence Parts And Patterns
Sing sang sung and Other Irregular Verbs. -s and -ed verb endings
Helping verbs
Verb + gerund or infinitive
Verb + participle
Verb Tenses
Uses of the present tense (sing)
Uses of the perfect tenses (have had will have sung)
Consistency in tense
Sequence of tenses
Verb Mood
Consistency in mood
Subjunctive: I wish I were
Verb Voice
Consistency in voice
Active voice vs. passive voice
Agreement of Subject and Verb
Words between subject and verb
Subject with and
Subjects with or or nor
Everyone and other indefinite pronouns
Team and other collective nouns
Who, which, and that
News and other singular nouns ending in -s
Inverted word order
Is, are, and other linking verbs
Pronoun Forms
Compound subjects and objects: she and I vs. her and me
Subject complements: it was she
Who vs. whom
Other constructions
Agreement of Pronoun and Antecedent
Antecedents with and
Antecedents with or or nor
Everyone, person, and other indefinite words
Team and other collective nouns
Reference of Pronoun to Antecedent
Single antecedent
Close antecedent
Specific antecedent
Consistency in pronouns
Adjectives and Adverbs
Adjective vs. adverb
Adjective with linking verb: felt bad
Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
Double negatives
Present and past participles as adjectives
Articles: a, an, the
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Misplaced modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Sentence Faults
Sentence Fragments
Tests for fragments
Revision of fragments
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
Main clauses without and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet
Main clauses related by however, for example, and so on
End Punctuation
Period for most sentences and some abbreviations
Question mark for direct questions
Exclamation point for strong statements and commands
The Comma
Comma with and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet
Comma with introductory elements
Comma or commas with interrupting and concluding elements
Comma with series
Comma with adjectives
Comma with dates, addresses, place names, numbers
Commas with quotations
The Semicolon
Semicolon between complete sentences not joined by and, but, or, nor, etc
Semicolon with however, for example, etc
Semicolons with series
The Colon
Colon for introduction
Colon with salutations of business letters, titles and subtitles, divisions of time, and biblical citations
The Apostrophe
Apostrophe with possessives
Misuses of the apostrophe
Apostrophe with contractions
Apostrophe with plural abbreviations, dates, and words or characters named as words
Quotation Marks
Question marks with direct quotations
Quotation marks with titles of works
Quotation marks with words used in a special sense
Quotation marks with other punctuation
Other Marks
Dash or dashes: Shifts and interruptions
Parentheses: Nonessential elements
Ellipsis mark: Omissions from quotations
Brackets: Changes in quotations
Slash: Options, breaks in poetry lines, and electronic addresses
Form And Appearance
Document Design
Clear and effective documents
Academic papers
Business correspondence
Spelling and the Hyphen
Spelling checkers
Spelling rules
Commonly misspelled words
The hyphen
Capital Letters
First word of a sentence
Proper nouns and adjectives
Titles and subtitles of works
Titles of persons
Underlining (Italics)
Titles of works
Ships, aircraft, spacecraft, trains
Foreign words
Words or characters named as words
Online alternatives
Titles before and after proper names
Familiar abbreviations
BC, AD, AM, PM, no., and $
Latin abbreviations
Words usually spelled out
Numerals vs. words
Commonly used numerals
Beginnings of sentences
Using And Documenting Sources
Developing a Research Strategy
Topic, question, and thesis
Search goals
Finding Sources
Electronic searches
Kinds of sources
Working bibliography
Evaluating and Synthesizing Sources
Evaluation of sources
Synthesis of sources
Taking Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism
Notes: Summary, paraphrase, direct quotation
Integrating Sources into Your Text
Introduction of borrowed material
Interpretation of borrowed material
Documenting Sources
MLA Documentation Style
MLA parenthetical citations
MLA list of works cited
Chicago Documentation Style
Chicago notes and list of works cited
Chicago models
APA Documentation Style
APA parenthetical citations
APA reference list
CBE Documentation Style
CBE name-year citations
CBE number citations
CBE reference list
Columbia Documentation Style for Online Sources
The elements of Columbia online style
Online sources in the humanities
Online sources in the sciences
Web Sites for Writing and Research
Glossary of Usage
Glossary of Terms
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