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Practical Grammar: A Canadian Writer's Resource offers students of all levels and disciplines a succinct and comprehensive overview of the basics of English grammar.
New in-chapter drills and review exercises increase the student's operational knowledge of grammar and allow them to better apply new knowledge to their writing. Documentation guidelines for APA, MLA, and Chicago have been fully updated to provide an accurate and accessible reference that students will refer to when writing.
The third edition retains clear and concise explanations of important grammatical concepts, information on citation, expert advice on avoiding common errors, and tips on research and writing techniques.
Practical Grammar: A Canadian Writer's Resource is a valuable addition to any class with a focus on writing or a written component and can serve as a reference throughout students' academic careers.
Maxine Ruvinsky is associate professor of the School of Journalism at Thompson Rivers University. A former journalist and copyeditor, she is an author of three other Oxford University Press textbooks: Investigative Reporting in Canada, 2008; Reporting for the Media, Canadian Edition, 2011; and Practical Writing, 2014.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader A Note to the Instructor Part I Grammar Basics 1. Parts of Speech Nouns Pronouns Verbs Adjectives Adverbs Prepositions Conjunctions Interjections Review Exercises 2. Sentence Structure Subjects and Predicates Phrases and Clauses Sentence Types Sentence Patterns Review Exercises 3. Verbs Revisited Person Tense Principal Parts of the Verb Participles Mood Verb Types Subjects, Objects, and Complements Active and Passive Voice Review Exercises Part II Elementary Errors 4. Subject-Verb Agreement Reversed Sentence Order Words between Subject and Verb Relative Pronouns Linking Verbs Correlated Subjects Collective Nouns as Subjects Compound Subjects Plural Nouns Indefinite Pronouns Review Exercises 5. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement and Pronoun Case Clear Pronoun Reference Agreement of Pronoun and Antecedent Pronoun Case Parting Tips on Pronoun Case Review Exercises 6. Diction and Danglers Diction Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers Fixing Danglers Review Exercises Part III Points of Style 7. Parallelism and Faulty Constructions Parallelism Faulty Constructions Review Exercises 8. Punctuation Terminal Punctuation Internal Punctuation Review Exercises Part IV Writing Essentials 9. Writing Well: A Compendium of Tips Four Stages of Writing Top Twelve Writing Tips 10. Style and Documentation Answers Glossary of Grammatical Terms Resources Index