9780312154578

Bedford Basics A Workbook for Writers

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312154578

  • ISBN10:

    0312154577

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 1998-04-15
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

In a workbook format,Bedford Basicsincorporates a streamlined version of the text from the highly successfulBedford Handbookwith lower-level exercises. BecauseBedford Basicsfollows the handbook's organization, it can easily be used in conjunction with the handbook in a composition sequence or it can stand alone in any developmental writing class. For the new edition, the exercises have been carefully revised after much classroom testing. In addition, several new features have been added to make this book more useful for culturally diverse students, students working on a computer, and students using the book on their own.

Table of Contents

PART I. THE WRITING PROCESS
  1. Generating ideas; sketching a plan
  2. Roughing out an initial draft
  3. Making global revisions; revising sentences
  4. Choosing a document design
    
PART II. CONSTRUCTING PARAGRAPHS
  5. Focusing on a main point
  6. Developing the main point
  7. Improving coherence
    
PART III. CLEAR SENTENCES
  8. Coordination and subordination
  9. Parallelism
  10. Needed words
  11. Mixed constructions
  12. Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  13. Shifts
  14. Emphasis
  15. Variety
    
PART IV. WORD CHOICE
  16. Wordy sentences
  17. Appropriate language
  18. Exact Words
    
PART V. GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES
  19. Sentence fragments
  20. Run-on sentences
  21. Subject-verb agreement (is or are, etc.)
  22. Pronoun-antecedent agreement (singular or plural)
  23. Pronoun reference (clarity)
  24. Pronoun case (I or me, etc.)
  25. Who or whom
  26. Adjectives and adverbs (good or well, etc.)
  27. Standard English verb forms
  28. Verb tense, mood, and voice
    
PART VI. ESL TROUBLE SPOTS
  29. Special problems with verbs
  30. The articles a, an, and the
  31. Other trouble spots
    
PART VII. PUNCTUATION
  32. The comma
  33. Unnecessary commas
  34. The semicolon
  35. The colon
  36. The apostrophe
  37. Quotation marks
  38. End punctuation
  39. Other punctuation marks: the dash, parentheses, brackets, the ellipsis mark, the slash
    
PART VIII. MECHANICS
  40. Abbreviations
  41. Numbers
  42. Italics (underlining)
  43. Spelling
  44. The hyphen
  45. Capital letters
    
PART IX. GRAMMAR BASICS
  46. Introduction
  47. Parts of speech
  48. Sentence patterns
  49. Subordinate word groups
  50. Sentence types
    
  Glossary of Usage
  Answers to Tutorials, Guided Practice, and Preview Exercises
  Index

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