Practical Grammar A Canadian Writer's Resource

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

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
Review Exercises
2. Sentence Structure
Subjects and Predicates
Phrases and Clauses
Sentence Types
Sentence Patterns
Review Exercises
3. Verbs Revisited
Principal Parts of the Verb
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
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Fixing Danglers
Review Exercises
Part III Points of Style
7. Parallelism and Faulty Constructions
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
Glossary of Grammatical Terms

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