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Summary

Quick Find Road Map If you sometimes feel a bit unsure as you write, try using the QUICK FIND ROADMAP to get you back on track to effective writing. The roadmap reflects some of the most common writing errors that frustrate writers. To find the information you need, choose the item that best describes the issue you are facing and then turn to the pages referenced. WORDS AND SENTENCES Write complete sentences instead of fragments. Join independent clauses correctly by avoiding comma splices and run-ons. Match grammatical forms within sentences to avoid shifts and keep sentences clear. Make sentences with introductory phrases and with modifiers clear. Know when to use its or it's. GRAMMAR Match subjects and verbs in number and person. Match pronouns to the word or words they refer to. Use correct verb endings. Choose verbs that correctly express time in tense and form. Describe relationships with the correct prepositions for time and place. PUNCTUATION Use commas after introductory elements. Use commas in compound sentences. Use commas to set off nonrestrictive elements. Do not use commas to set off restrictive elements. Use commas with a series of three or more elements that share the same grammatical form. Use apostrophes correctly. STYLE AND WORD CHOICE Choose the best words for your meaning. Make your writing to the point and concise.

Table of Contents

WRITING, GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, AND MECHANICS
Thinking About Purposes, Audiences, and Technologies
1(8)
How is ``writing'' defined?
1(1)
What are the major purposes for writing?
1(2)
What does ``audience'' mean for writing?
3(5)
What does ``sources for writing'' mean?
8(1)
Planning and Shaping
9(19)
What is the writing process?
9(2)
What is a ``writing situation''?
11(3)
How can I think through a writing topic?
14(2)
What can I do if no ideas occur to me?
16(1)
How do I use an idea log and a journal?
16(1)
What is freewriting?
17(1)
What is brainstorming?
18(1)
What is mapping?
19(1)
How can an Internet search help?
19(2)
How can shaping help me?
21(1)
How can looking for ``levels of generality'' help me?
22(1)
How can a subject tree help me?
23(1)
What is a thesis statement?
24(2)
What is outlining?
26(2)
Drafting and Revising
28(19)
What can help me write a first draft?
28(2)
How can I overcome writer's block?
30(1)
How do I revise?
30(4)
How do I edit?
34(3)
How do I proofread?
37(1)
A student essay in three drafts
37(10)
Writing Paragraphs
47(25)
What is a paragraph?
47(1)
How can I write effective introductory paragraphs?
48(2)
What are body paragraphs?
50(1)
How can I create unity in paragraphs?
51(1)
How can topic sentences create paragraph unity?
51(2)
How can I develop my body paragraphs?
53(2)
How can I write coherent paragraphs?
55(5)
How can I arrange a paragraph?
60(2)
How can rhetorical strategies help me write paragraphs?
62(8)
What is a transitional paragraph?
70(1)
What are effective concluding paragraphs?
70(2)
Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing
72(17)
What is critical thinking?
72(1)
How do I engage in critical thinking?
73(1)
What is the reading process?
74(5)
How do I engage in critical reading?
79(3)
How do I tell the difference between summary and synthesis?
82(3)
How do I write a critical response?
85(1)
How can I recognize and avoid logical fallacies?
85(4)
Writing Arguments
89(16)
What is a written argument?
89(1)
How do I choose a topic and develop a claim for an argument?
89(1)
How do I develop an assertion and a thesis statement for my argument?
90(1)
How does source-based writing work for arguments?
90(2)
What is the structure of a classical argument?
92(1)
What is the Toulmin model for argument?
92(2)
What part does audience play in my argument?
94(1)
How do I appeal to my audience by reasoning effectively in an argument?
95(1)
What is a reasonable tone in an argument?
96(1)
How do I handle opposing arguments?
97(2)
How did one student draft and revise her argument essay?
99(1)
Final draft of a student's argument essay in MLA style
100(5)
Parts of Speech and Sentence Structures
105(19)
What is a noun?
105(1)
What is a pronoun?
106(1)
What is a verb?
107(1)
What is a verbal?
107(1)
What is an adjective?
108(1)
What is an adverb?
109(1)
What is a preposition?
110(1)
What is a conjunction?
111(1)
What is an interjection?
112(1)
What is a subject and a predicate in a sentence?
113(2)
What are direct and indirect objects?
115(1)
What are complements, modifiers, and appositives?
116(2)
What is a phrase?
118(1)
What is a clause?
119(4)
What are the four sentence types?
123(1)
Verbs
124(24)
What do verbs do?
124(2)
What are the forms of main verbs?
126(1)
What is the - s form of a verb?
127(1)
What is the difference between regular and irregular verbs?
128(5)
What are auxiliary verbs?
133(3)
What are intransitive and transitive verbs?
136(2)
What is verb tense?
138(1)
How do I use the simple present tense?
138(1)
How do I form and use the perfect tenses?
139(1)
How do I form and use progressive forms?
140(1)
How do I use tense sequences accurately?
141(2)
What is ``mood'' in verbs?
143(1)
What are subjunctive forms?
144(2)
What is ``voice'' in verbs?
146(1)
How do I write in the active, not passive, voice?
146(1)
What are proper uses of the passive voice?
146(2)
Pronouns: Case and Reference
148(15)
What does ``case'' mean?
148(1)
What are personal pronouns?
148(1)
How do pronouns work with case?
149(1)
Which case is correct when and connects pronouns?
149(1)
How do I match cases with appositives?
150(2)
How does case work after linking verbs?
152(1)
When should I use who, whoever, whom, and whomever?
152(2)
What pronoun case comes after than or as?
154(1)
How do pronouns work before infinitives?
154(1)
How do pronouns work with -ing words?
155(1)
What case should I use for -self pronouns?
155(1)
What is pronoun reference?
156(1)
What makes pronoun reference clear?
156(1)
How can I avoid unclear pronoun reference?
156(3)
How do pronouns work with it, that, this, and which?
159(1)
How do I use they and it precisely?
159(1)
How do I use it to suit the situation?
160(1)
When should I use you for direct address?
160(1)
When should I use that, which, and who?
161(2)
Agreement
163(15)
What is subject-verb agreement?
163(1)
Why is a final -s or -es in a subject or verb so important?
164(1)
Can I ignore words between a subject and its verb?
165(1)
How do verbs work when subjects are connected by and?
166(1)
How do verbs work with each and every?
167(1)
How do verbs work when subjects are connected by or?
167(1)
How do verbs work with inverted word order?
168(1)
How do verbs work with indefinite pronouns?
168(2)
How do verbs work with collective nouns?
170(1)
Why does the linking verb agree with the subject, not the subject complement?
170(1)
What verbs agree with who, which, and that?
170(1)
How do verbs work with amounts, fields of study, and other special nouns?
171(1)
How do verbs work with titles, company names, and words as themselves?
172(2)
What is pronoun-antecedent agreement?
174(1)
How do pronouns work when and connects antecedents?
175(1)
How do pronouns work when or connects antecedents?
175(1)
How do pronouns work when antecedents are indefinite pronouns?
175(1)
How do I use nonsexist pronouns?
176(1)
How do pronouns work when antecedents are collective nouns?
177(1)
Adjectives and Adverbs
178(8)
What are the differences between adjectives and adverbs?
178(2)
When should I use adverbs--not adjectives-as modifiers?
180(1)
What is wrong with double negatives?
180(1)
Do adjectives or adverbs come after linking verbs?
181(1)
What are comparative and superlative forms?
182(2)
Why avoid a long string of nouns as modifiers?
184(2)
Sentence Fragments
186(6)
What is a sentence fragment?
186(1)
How can I recognize a sentence fragment?
186(1)
What are major ways of correcting fragments?
187(3)
How can I fix a fragment that is part of a compound predicate?
190(1)
What are the two special fragment problems?
191(1)
How can I recognize intentional fragments?
191(1)
Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
192(8)
What are comma splices and run-on sentences?
192(1)
How can I recognize comma splices and run-on sentences?
193(1)
How can I correct comma splices and run-on sentences?
194(4)
How can I correctly use a conjunctive adverb or other transitional expression between independent clauses?
198(2)
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
200(4)
What is a misplaced modifier?
200(1)
How can I avoid split infinitives?
201(1)
How can I avoid other splits in my sentences?
202(1)
How can I avoid dangling modifiers?
203(1)
Shifting and Mixed Sentences
204(7)
What is a shifting sentence?
204(1)
How can I avoid shifts in person and number?
205(1)
How can I avoid shifts in subject and voice?
206(1)
How can I avoid shifts in tense and mood?
207(1)
How can I avoid shifts between indirect and direct discourse?
207(2)
What is a mixed sentence?
209(1)
How can I correct a mixed sentence due to faulty predication?
209(1)
What are correct elliptical constructions?
210(1)
What are correct comparisons?
211(1)
Conciseness
211(6)
What is conciseness?
211(1)
What common expressions are not concise?
212(2)
What sentence structures usually work against conciseness?
214(1)
How else can I revise for conciseness?
215(1)
How do verbs affect conciseness?
216(1)
Coordination and Subordination
217(9)
What is coordination of sentences?
218(1)
What is the structure of a coordinate sentences?
218(1)
What meaning does each coordinating conjunction convey?
218(1)
How can I avoid misusing coordination?
219(1)
What is subordination in sentences?
220(1)
What is the structure of a subordinate sentence?
221(2)
What meaning does each subordinating conjunction convey?
223(1)
How can I avoid misusing subordination?
223(2)
How can I effectively use coordination and subordination together?
225(1)
Parallelism, Variety, and Emphasis
226(8)
What is parallelism?
226(1)
What is a balanced sentence?
226(1)
How do words, phrases, and clauses work in parallel form?
227(1)
How does parallelism deliver impact?
227(1)
How can I avoid faulty parallelism?
228(2)
What are variety and emphasis in writing?
230(1)
How do different sentence lengths create variety and emphasis?
230(1)
How do occasional questions, commands, or exclamations create variety and emphasis?
231(1)
How can modifiers create variety and emphasis?
232(1)
How does repetition affect variety and emphasis?
232(1)
How else can I create variety and emphasis?
233(1)
Usage Glossary
234(12)
The Impact of Words
246(10)
What is American English?
246(1)
What are levels of formality in language?
246(1)
What is edited American English?
247(1)
What is figurative language?
247(1)
How can using exact diction enhance my writing?
248(2)
How can using specific words enhance my writing?
250(1)
What is gender-neutral language?
251(2)
What other types of language do I want to avoid?
253(2)
What are cliches?
255(1)
When is jargon unnecessary?
255(1)
What are euphemisms?
255(1)
What is bureaucratic language?
255(1)
Spelling
256(8)
What makes a good speller?
256(1)
How can I proofread for errors in spelling and hyphen use?
256(1)
How are plurals spelled?
257(1)
How are suffixes spelled?
258(1)
What is the ie, ei rule?
259(1)
How are homonyms and other frequently confused words spelled?
259(4)
What are compound words?
263(1)
Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points
264(3)
When does a period end a sentence?
264(1)
How do I use periods with abbreviations?
264(1)
When do I use a question mark?
265(1)
When can I use a question mark in parentheses?
265(1)
When do I use an exclamation point?
266(1)
What is considered overuse of exclamation points?
266(1)
Commas
267(17)
What is the role of the comma?
267(2)
How do commas work with coordinating conjunctions?
269(1)
How do commas work with introductory clauses, phrases, and words?
270(1)
How do commas work with items in a series?
271(2)
How do commas work with coordinate adjectives?
273(1)
How do commas work with nonrestrictive elements?
274(2)
How do commas set off parenthetical expressions, contrasts, words of direct address, and tag sentences?
276(1)
How do commas work with quoted words?
277(1)
How do commas work in dates, names, addresses, correspondence, and numbers?
277(3)
How do commas clarify meaning?
280(1)
How can I avoid misusing commas?
280(3)
How can I avoid comma errors?
283(1)
Semicolons
284(4)
What are the uses of a semicolon?
284(1)
When can I use a semicolon, instead of a period, between independent clauses?
284(1)
When else can I use a semicolon between independent clauses?
284(1)
How do semicolons work with coordinating conjunctions?
285(1)
When should I use semicolons between items in a series?
286(1)
How do I avoid misusing the semicolon?
286(2)
Colons
288(4)
What are the uses of a colon?
288(1)
When can a colon introduce a list, an appositive, or a quotation?
288(1)
When can I use a colon between two independent clauses?
289(1)
What standard formats require a colon?
290(1)
When is a colon wrong?
290(2)
Apostrophes
292(4)
What is the role of the apostrophe?
292(1)
How do I use an apostrophe to show a possessive noun?
292(1)
How do I use an apostrophe with possessive pronouns?
293(1)
How do I use an apostrophe with contractions?
294(1)
How do I use an apostrophe with possessive indefinite pronouns?
294(1)
How do I form the plural of miscellaneous elements?
294(1)
When is an apostrophe wrong?
295(1)
Quotation Marks
296(8)
What is the role of quotation marks?
296(1)
How do I use quotation marks with short direct quotations?
297(1)
Are quotation marks used with long quotations?
297(1)
How do I use quotation marks for quotations within quotations?
298(1)
How do I use quotation marks for quotations of poetry and dialogue?
299(1)
How do I use quotation marks with titles of short works?
300(1)
How do I use quotation marks for words used as words?
301(2)
How do I use quotation marks with other punctuation?
303(1)
When are quotation marks wrong?
304(1)
Other Punctuation Marks
304(12)
When can I use a dash in my writing?
305(2)
When can I use parentheses in my writing?
307(2)
When do I need to use brackets in my writing?
309(1)
How do I use ellipsis points in my writing?
310(2)
When can I use a slash in my writing?
312(1)
When do I need a hyphen in my writing?
313(1)
When do I use a hyphen at the end of a line?
313(1)
How do I use a hyphen with prefixes and suffixes?
314(1)
How do I use hyphens with compound words?
315(1)
Capitals, Italics, Abbreviations, and Numbers
316(19)
When do I capitalize a ``first'' word?
316(1)
When do I use capitals with listed items?
317(1)
When do I use capitals with sentences in parentheses?
318(1)
When do I use capitals with quotations?
319(1)
When do I capitalize nouns and adjectives?
319(3)
What are italics?
322(1)
How do I choose between using italics and quotation marks?
322(1)
Can I use italics for special emphasis?
323(1)
What are standard practices for using abbreviations?
324(1)
How do I use abbreviations with months, time, eras, and symbols?
325(1)
How do I use abbreviations for other elements?
326(3)
When can I use etc.?
329(1)
When do I use spelled-out numbers?
330(1)
What are standard practices for writing numbers?
331(1)
How do I use hyphens with spelled-out numbers?
332(3)
RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
Research Writing as a Process
335(13)
What is research writing?
335(1)
How do I choose and narrow a research topic?
335(4)
What is a research question?
339(1)
How do I set up my schedule for research writing?
340(1)
What is a research log?
341(1)
What documentation style should I use?
341(1)
What is a working bibliography?
341(2)
How do I draft a thesis statement for a research paper?
343(1)
How do I outline a research paper?
344(1)
How do I draft and revise a research paper?
344(4)
Finding and Evaluating Sources
348(22)
What is a source?
348(1)
What is a search strategy?
348(1)
How do I find sources?
349(7)
How do I find books?
356(2)
How do I find periodicals?
358(1)
How do I use reference works?
359(3)
What if my library doesn't have a source I need?
362(1)
How do I find government documents?
363(1)
What is field research?
363(3)
How do I evaluate sources?
366(4)
Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
370(19)
How do I use sources well?
370(1)
What is plagiarism?
370(1)
How do I avoid plagiarism?
371(2)
How do I work with the Internet to avoid plagiarism?
373(1)
What don't I have to document?
374(1)
What must I document?
375(1)
How can I effectively integrate sources into my writing?
376(1)
How can I use quotations effectively?
376(6)
How can I write good paraphrases?
382(3)
How can I write good summaries?
385(2)
Which verbs can help me weave source material into my sentences?
387(2)
MLA Documentation with Case Study
389(41)
What is MLA style?
389(1)
What is MLA parenthetical documentation?
389(1)
What are MLA guidelines for parenthetical documentation?
390(6)
How do I compile an MLA-style works cited list?
396(22)
A student's MLA-style research paper
418(12)
APA Documentation with Case Study
430(30)
What is APA style?
430(1)
What are APA parenthetical in-text citations?
430(1)
What are APA guidelines for in-text citations?
431(4)
What are APA guidelines for writing an abstract?
435(1)
What are APA guidelines for content notes?
436(1)
What are APA guidelines for a references list?
436(11)
What are APA format guidelines for research papers?
447(3)
A student's APA-style research paper
450(10)
Effective Print Document Design
460(9)
What is document design?
460(1)
What are basic principles of design?
460(1)
What is page layout?
460(3)
How do I format text?
463(1)
How should I incorporate visuals?
464(5)
WRITING FOR COLLEGE AND BEYOND; WRITING FOR MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS
Writing About Literature
469(10)
What is literature?
469(1)
What reading skills help me interpret literature?
469(1)
What forms of inquiry do I use to write about literature?
470(2)
What special rules apply to writing about literature?
472(1)
Sample student essay about literature
473(6)
Writing in the Social Sciences
479(3)
Business Writing
479(2)
How can I understand writing purposes and practices in the social sciences?
481(1)
How can I use documentation style in the social sciences?
481(1)
Special Writing
482(13)
Business Writing
482(10)
Preparing for essay exams
492(2)
Open Letter to Multilingual Students
494(1)
Singulars and Plurals
495(4)
What are count and noncount nouns?
495(1)
How do I use determiners with singular and plural nouns?
496(2)
How do I use nouns as adjectives?
498(1)
Articles
499(5)
How do I use a, an, or the with singular count nouns?
499(2)
How do I use articles with plural nouns and with noncount nouns?
501(1)
How do I use the with proper nouns and with gerunds?
502(2)
Word Order
504(5)
How do I understand standard and inverted word order in sentences?
504(2)
How can I understand the placement of adjectives?
506(1)
How can I understand the placement of adverbs?
507(2)
Prepositions
509(5)
How can I recognize prepositions?
509(1)
How do I use prepositions with expressions of time and place?
510(1)
How do I use prepositions in phrasal verbs?
511(1)
How do I use prepositions with past participles?
512(1)
How do I use prepositions in expressions?
513(1)
Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles
514(7)
How can I use gerunds and infinitives as subjects?
514(1)
When do I use a gerund, not an infinitive, as an object?
515(1)
When do I use an infinitive, not a gerund, as an object?
516(2)
How does meaning change when certain verbs are followed by a gerund or an infinitive?
518(1)
Why is the meaning unchanged whether a gerund or an infinitive follows sense verbs?
519(1)
How do I choose between -ing and -ed forms for adjectives?
519(2)
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
521(6)
How do I convey ability, necessity, advisability, possibility, and probability with modals?
521(3)
How do I convey preferences, plans, and past habits with modals?
524(1)
How can I recognize modals in the passive voice?
525(2)
Box Index
Index 527(15)
Response Symbols and Proofreading Symbols 542

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PREFACE Personal message to students from Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse As writers, many of you have much in common with both of us. Sure, we've been at it longer, so we've had more practice, and most rules have become cemented in our heads. However, we share with you a common goal: to put ideas into words worthy of someone else's reading time. We also share the constant desire to become better writers. Given our extensive teaching experience, this probably sounds odd. However, writing is a lifelong enterprise. Just as we did, you'll write not only in composition classes, but also in other courses throughout college. Writing will likely be an important part of your career, of your role as a public citizen, and even of your personal life. It has certainly been central to ours. Whenever we get stuck in an unfamiliar writing situation or while learning new writing technology, we rummage through strategies we've developed over time. We talk to friends and colleagues, in person, by phone, and by e-mail, and they consult us, too. We offer this book to you, then, as our partners in the process of writing. We hope that its pages help you give voice to your thoughtsnow and years from now. We trust that you'll find our advice useful in the wide range of writing situations you're bound to encounter in college and in life. You're always welcome to write us at LQTBook@aol.com or doug.hesse@gmail.com to share your reactions to this book and your experiences as writers. We promise to answer. Each of us would like to end this message with a personal story. From Doug: I first glimpsed the power of writing in high school, when I wrote sappybut apparently successfullove poems. Still, when I went to college, I was surprised to discover all I didn't know about writing. Fortunately, I had good teachers and developed lots of patience. I needed it. I continue to learn, especially from Lynn. From Lynn: When I was an undergraduate, writing handbooks weren't common. Questions about writing nagged at me. One day, browsing in the library, I found an incorrectly shelved, dust-covered book whose title included the words handbook and writing. I read it hungrily and kept checking it out from the library. Back then, I could never have imagined that someday I might write such a book myself. Now that we've completed this first edition of QA Compact, I'm amazed that I ever had the nerve to begin. This proves to meand I hope to youthat anyone can write. Students don't always believe that. I hope you will. With cordial regards, Lynn Quitman Troyka Doug Hesse About the Authors LYNN QUITMAN TROYKA, Professor of Writing, at the City University of New York (CUNY), has taught at Queensborough Community College and in the graduate Language and Literacy program at City College. Former editor of the Journal of Basic Writing, her writing and research appears in major journals and various scholarly collections. She conducts workshops in the teaching of writing. Lynn is co-author of the Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers, Eighth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007), Quick Access Reference for Writers, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007) , Canadian editions of her Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers and Quick Access Reference for Writers, Structured Reading, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall (2006), and Steps in Composition, Eighth Edition, Prentice Hall (2004). Dr. Troyka received the 2001 CCCC Exemplar Award, the highest CCCC award for scholarship, teaching, and service; the Rhetorician of the Year Award; and the TYCA Pickett Award for Service. She is a past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); the Two-Year College Association (TYCA) of NCTE; the College Section of NCTE; and the Writing Division of the Modern Language Association. This information, says Dr. Troyka, tells what I've done, not who I am. I am a teacher. Teaching is


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