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New Handbook of Basic Writing Skills With Infotrac

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780838408162

ISBN10:
0838408168
Format:
Spiral Bound
Pub. Date:
8/26/2002
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning

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Summary

With its clear and simple language and abundance of exercises, THE NEW HANDBOOK OF BASIC WRITING SKILLS is specifically designed for use by developing writers and students of ESL.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor v
To the Student ix
Part One Sentence Basics 1(135)
Chapter 1 Sentence Makeup
3(17)
a What is a sentence?
3(7)
b Subject and verb
10(7)
c Negative sentences
17(3)
Chapter 2 Incomplete Sentences
20(12)
a Phrase fragments
21(2)
b Clause fragments
23(4)
c Verb fragments
27(1)
d Noun fragments
27(2)
e Infinitive fragments
29(3)
Chapter 3 Run-Together Sentences and Comma Splices
32(12)
a-d Separating sentences
33(6)
e Comma splices
39(5)
Chapter 4 Adjectives and Adverbs
44(13)
a Adverbs
46(1)
b -ed and -ing endings
47(3)
c with linking verbs
50(1)
d In comparisons
51(4)
e Good and well
55(2)
Chapter 5 Nouns and Pronouns
57(15)
a Singular and plural nouns
58(4)
b Pronoun subjects and objects
62(4)
c Possessive pronouns
66(4)
d Reflexive pronouns
70(2)
Chapter 6 Agreement
72(13)
a Making subjects agree with verbs
72(10)
b Pronoun reference
82(3)
Chapter 7 Verbs
85(41)
a Past forms
87(2)
b Past participles
89(3)
c Irregular verbs (chart)
92(6)
d -ing endings
98(1)
e The verb be
99(4)
f Will, would, do, cavo, could, etc., as helpers
103(2)
g Lay and lie, and set and sit
105(5)
h Tense and time
110(5)
i Logical sequences of verb tenses
115(7)
j Words that look like verbs but aren't
122(4)
Chapter 8 Making Sense of Sentences
126(10)
a Avoiding mixed-up sentences
126(7)
b Curing mixed-up sentences
133(1)
c Giving sentences direction
134(2)
Part Two Improving Sentences 136(34)
Chapter 9 Sentences with Misplaced and Dangling Parts
139(5)
a Relocating misplaced parts
139(1)
b Giving dangling parts something to describe
140(4)
Chapter 10 Nonparallel Sentences
144(5)
Making sentences parallel
144(5)
Chapter 11 Avoiding Shifts and Confusing References
149(9)
a Avoiding shifts of tense
149(2)
b Avoiding shifts of person
151(2)
c Using clear noun references
153(1)
d Using clear pronoun references
153(5)
Chapter 12 Writing Effective Sentences
158(12)
a Varying sentence length
158(2)
b Coordination and subordination
160(6)
c Varying sentence beginnings
166(4)
Part Three Punctuation 170(72)
Chapter 13 Commas and No Commas
173(18)
a Between main clauses
173(1)
b With dependent clauses
174(2)
c Between words in a list
176(1)
d Between adjectives
176(2)
e In direct address
178(1)
f In quotations
178(1)
g In addresses
179(1)
h With nonessential information
180(3)
i To make meaning clear
183(1)
j Not between subject and verb
184(1)
k Not between verb and object
185(1)
l Not around essential information
186(1)
m Misuse of commas between adjectives
186(1)
n Misuse of commas with dependent clauses
187(1)
o Not between state and ZIP code
188(1)
p Using commas only with good reason
188(3)
Chapter 14 The Semicolon
191(6)
a Between main clauses
191(1)
b With transitional words
192(1)
c Between word groups containing commas
193(1)
d Not in place of commas
193(1)
e Not in place of colons
194(1)
f Using semicolons only with good reason
194(3)
Chapter 15 The Apostrophe
197(10)
a Showing possession
197(2)
b With nouns and pronouns
199(2)
c Showing joint ownership
201(1)
d In contractions
202(2)
e Plurals of numbers, letters, etc.
204(1)
f Using apostrophes only with good reason
205(2)
Chapter 16 Quotation Marks
207(8)
a Quoting exact words
207(5)
b With literary titles
212(1)
c Misuse with nicknames
212(1)
d Overuse of quotes
212(1)
e Misuse around title of paper
213(2)
Chapter 17 The Period and Other Marks
215(10)
a The period
216(1)
b The question mark
217(1)
c The exclamation point
217(1)
d The colon
218(1)
e The dash
219(2)
f Parentheses
221(1)
g Brackets
221(1)
h The hyphen
222(2)
i Ellipsis marks
224(1)
Chapter 18 Capitals
225(9)
a First word of sentence
225(1)
b Proper names
225(5)
c Titles
230(1)
d First word of quotation
230(1)
e Avoiding overuse
231(3)
Chapter 19 Underlining, Abbreviations, and Numbers
234(8)
a Underlining and italicizing
234(3)
b Abbreviations
237(2)
c Numbers
239(3)
Part Four Words 242(46)
Chapter 20 The Dictionary and Spelling
245(14)
a Finding words
245(1)
b Information in the dictionary
246(3)
c Using the dictionary for spelling
249(1)
d Some simple spelling rules
250(7)
e Avoiding extra and omitted letters
257(1)
f Using spellcheck programs
258(1)
Chapter 21 Using the Right Word
259(19)
a Using correct words
259(2)
b Using specific words
261(1)
c Using appropriate words
262(5)
(1) Slang
262(1)
(2) Clichés
262(2)
(3) Regional expressions
264(1)
(4) Jargon
264(1)
(5) Mixed metaphors
265(1)
(6) Sexist language
266(1)
d Problem words
267(11)
Chapter 22 Too Few Words
278(4)
a Omitting short words
278(1)
b Omitting short verbs is, was
279(1)
c Omitting words in asking questions
279(1)
d Clear comparisons
280(1)
e Comparisons with so
280(2)
Chapter 23 Too Many Words
282(6)
a Repeating words
282(1)
b Other forms of repetition
283(2)
c Using a simple, direct style
285(3)
Part Five Paragraphs and Beyond 288(139)
Chapter 24 The Writing Process
291(28)
a Collecting ideas for writing
291(6)
b Deciding on topic, purpose, audience, and tone
297(5)
c Using a working outline and main idea statement
302(3)
d Writing the first draft
305(1)
e Revising your paper
306(5)
f Editing your paper
311(2)
g Editing on the computer
313(1)
h Proofreading your paper
314(2)
i Using the correct materials
316(3)
Chapter 25 The Paragraph-Length Paper
319(20)
a Finding unity
321(3)
b Organizing a purpose
324(8)
c Writing that is well developed
332(7)
Chapter 26 The Full-Length Paper
339(39)
a Planning the essay
343(1)
b Writing a thesis statement
344(2)
c Writing formal outlines for different kinds of papers
346(5)
d Developing paragraphs
351(2)
e Writing an introduction
353(1)
f Writing a conclusion
354(1)
g Preparing different papers
355(13)
h Writing the first draft
368(1)
i Revising the draft
369(1)
j Editing revised draft
369(2)
k Proofreading final draft
371(1)
l Using logic in developing ideas
371(4)
m Writing suggestions
375(3)
Chapter 27 The Mini Research Paper and Business Writing
378(38)
a Choosing a topic for the mini research paper
379(1)
b Locating sources
379(5)
c Gathering information
384(3)
d Avoiding plagiarism
387(1)
e Making notecards
388(2)
f Developing the paper
390(1)
g Writing the paper
390(1)
h Including citations
391(1)
i Preparing the works cited list
392(1)
j Mini research paper
393(2)
k Writing business letters
395(13)
l Writing memos
408(2)
m Writing reports
410(2)
n Writing e-mail
412(4)
Chapter 28 ESL Reference Guide
416(11)
a Using correct articles
416(3)
b Using cumulative adjectives
419(1)
c Problems with verbs
420(1)
d Problems with use of verbs
421(6)
Index 427


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