Building Better Grammar

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-01
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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The Building Better series evolved with developmental students in mind; however, the textbooks are designed to be inexpensive and flexible enough that all college students or writing instructors can use them as a quick reference guide.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Subjects, Verbs, and Subject-Verb Agreement
The First Building Block Subjectsp. 2
Nounsp. 3
Singular and Plural Nounsp. 4
Types of Nounsp. 4
Pronounsp. 8
Subject Pronounsp. 8
Indefinite Pronounsp. 10
Identifying the Subjectp. 11
Simple and Compound Subjectsp. 12
Recognizing Subjects in Tricky Situationsp. 14
Subjects in Imperative Sentencesp. 15
Subjects as Distinct from Prepositional Phrasesp. 16
Subjects in Declarative Sentences with Here and Therep. 18
Subjects in Interrogative Sentencesp. 19
Sentences with Gerunds and Infinitives as Subjectsp. 20
Infinitivesp. 20
Chapter One Skills Review: Subjectsp. 25
The Second Building Block Verbsp. 26
Action and Being Verbsp. 26
Simple and Compound Verbsp. 28
Verb Tensesp. 29
The Simple Tensep. 30
Simple Presentp. 30
Simple Pastp. 32
Simple Futurep. 33
The Perfect Tensep. 34
Present Perfectp. 35
Past Perfectp. 35
Future Perfectp. 36
The Progressive Tensep. 37
Present Progressivep. 38
Past Progressivep. 38
Future Progressivep. 38
The Perfect Progressive Tensep. 40
Present Perfect Progressivep. 40
Past Perfect Progressivep. 40
Future Perfect Progressivep. 40
Regular and Irregular Verbsp. 44
Regular Verbsp. 45
Tricky Situations with Regular Verbsp. 45
Irregular Verbsp. 47
Tricky Situations with Irregular Verbsp. 50
Verb Tense Consistencyp. 53
Active and Passive Voicep. 56
Chapter Two Skills Review: Verbsp. 59
The Third Building Block Subject-Verb Agreementp. 61
Subject-Verb Agreementp. 61
Rules for Subject-Verb Agreementp. 62
Singular Subject Rulesp. 63
Plural Subject Rulesp. 65
Subject Agreement and Regular and Irregular Verbsp. 66
Tricky Situations in Subject-Verb Agreementp. 69
Sentences That Start with Prepositional Phrasesp. 69
Sentence Starting with Here, There, What, Where, and Whyp. 70
Sentences with Either/or, Neither/nor, and Orp. 72
Sentences with Interruptersp. 73
Chapter Three Skills Review: Subject-Verb Agreementp. 78
The Fourth Building Block Pronounsp. 82
Pronoun Usagep. 82
Subjective Casep. 83
Objective Casep. 86
Possessive Casep. 88
Other Pronounsp. 89
Who vs. Whomp. 89
Demonstrative Pronounsp. 90
Relative Pronounsp. 92
Interrogative Pronounsp. 93
Reflexive Pronounsp. 94
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreementp. 95
Pronoun Agreement with Personp. 96
Pronoun Agreement with Numberp. 97
Tricky Situations with Pronouns and Numbersp. 98
Pronoun Agreement with Genderp. 101
Chapter Four Skills Review: Pronounsp. 106
Clauses and Kinds of Sentences
The Fifth Building Block Clausesp. 110
Clausesp. 110
Types of Clausesp. 112
Independent Clause: A Clause That Makes Sense on Its Ownp. 112
Dependent Clause: A Clause That Requires More Information to Make Complete Sensep. 113
Chapter Five Skills Review: Clausesp. 119
The Sixth Building Block Kinds of Sentencesp. 120
Simple Sentencesp. 120
Sentence Varietyp. 122
Joining Independent Clauses: Compound Sentencesp. 123
Coordinating Conjunctionsp. 123
Adverbial Conjunctionsp. 126
Semicolonsp. 129
Joining an Independent Clause with a Dependent Clause: Complex Sentencesp. 133
Subordinating Conjunctionsp. 133
Joining Multiple Independent and Dependent Clauses: Compound-Complex Sentencesp. 139
Chapter Six Skills Review 1: Kinds of Sentencesp. 145
Chapter Six Skills Review 2: Sentence Combiningp. 146
The Seventh Building Block Avoiding Common Sentence Errorsp. 150
Fragmentsp. 150
Run-onsp. 155
Comma Splicesp. 157
Chapter Seven Skills Review: Common Sentence Errorsp. 162
Descriptors, Modifiers, Parallelism
The Eighth Building Block Adjectives and Adverbs as Modifiersp. 166
Descriptive Modifiersp. 166
Adjectivesp. 167
Adverbsp. 169
Common Mistakes with Adjectives and Adverbsp. 172
Comparative and Superlative Formsp. 173
Regular Adjectives and Adverbsp. 173
Irregular Adjectives and Adverbsp. 175
Four More Tricky Adjectives and Adverbsp. 176
Chapter Eight Skills Review: Adjectives and Adverbsp. 180
The Ninth Building Block Using Modifiers Correctlyp. 182
Misplaced Modifiersp. 182
Dangling Modifiersp. 186
Chapter Nine Skills Review: Dangling or Misplaced Modifiersp. 191
The Tenth Building Block Parallelismp. 192
Parallelismp. 192
Parallelism with Pairsp. 193
Parallelism with Listsp. 193
Parallelism in Comparisons (Than or As)p. 196
Parallelism with Paired Expressionsp. 198
Chapter Ten Skills Review: Parallelismp. 202
The Eleventh Building Block Comma Usep. 206
Commas Used to Separatep. 206
Commas and Conjunctionsp. 206
Commas and Items in a Listp. 209
Commas and Introductory Expressionsp. 210
Commas to Enclosep. 211
Commas and Interruptersp. 211
Commas and Direct Addressp. 213
Commas with Dates and Addressesp. 214
Chapter Eleven Skills Review: Commasp. 218
The Twelfth Building Block Other Types of Punctuationp. 220
Apostrophep. 220
Semicolonp. 223
Colon:p. 224
Dash - and Parenthesis ()p. 226
Hyphen -p. 229
Quotation Marks " "p. 230
Chapter Twelve Skills Review: Punctuationp. 236
Parts of Speechp. 239
Nounsp. 239
Pronounsp. 239
Verbsp. 240
Adjectivesp. 241
Adverbsp. 241
Prepositionsp. 242
Conjunctionsp. 242
Interjectionsp. 244
Appendix A Skills Review: Identifying Parts of Speechp. 244
Spellingp. 246
Create Spelling Listsp. 247
Learn the eilie rulep. 247
Know Commonly Misspelled Wordsp. 247
Know Commonly Confused Wordsp. 249
Know Word Endingsp. 252
Appendix B Skills Review: Spellingp. 253
English as a Second Language Concernsp. 254
Nounsp. 254
Articlesp. 255
Verbsp. 256
Prepositionsp. 257
Appendix C Skills Review: ESL Concernsp. 258
Indexp. 260
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