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The Complete Guide to English Usage for Australian Students - Margaret Ramsay

The Complete Guide to English Usage for Australian Students


Published: 14th November 2011
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The Complete Guide to English Usage for Australian Students has been a trusted reference book for Australian secondary students for more than 25 years. The fifth edition retains the comprehensiveness and reliability of the previous edition but has been extensively revised to accurately reflect the new Australian Curriculum, including the use of grammatical terms such as 'nominalisation', 'connectives' and 'noun group'. The Communication through Writing section has been re-arranged and extended to reflect the Australian Curriculum categories for types of text (imaginative texts, informative texts, and argumentative or persuasive texts). The Appendix on functional grammar has been retained and is a useful guide to some of the unfamiliar Australian Curriculum terminology, including concepts like modality and cohesion. The Complete Guide has an abridged version called The Shorter Guide.


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    PART 1 The English language 1 English as an international language 2 Varieties of English 3 The history of the English language 4 The English spelling system 5 Dictionaries 6 Thesauruses 7 Style guides PART 2 Punctuation 5 Capital letters 6 The full stop 7 The question mark 8 The exclamation mark 9 The comma 10 The semicolon 11 The colon 12 Parentheses or brackets 13 Square brackets 14 The dash 15 The hyphen 16 Quotation marks or inverted commas 17 The apostrophe 18 The slash PART 3 Grammar in use 19 Nouns Nouns as participants in processes Types of nouns: proper, common, abstract, collective Nouns forming people Number (singular and plural nouns) Gender: masculine, feminine, neuter, common Non-sexist language Case: nominative, objective, dative, possessive 26 Possessive nouns Changing words to form nouns The noun phrase The noun clause The gerund or verbal noun 20 Pronouns First, second and third person Types of pronouns: personal, possessive, relative, demonstrative, interrogative, reflexive, quantifier, reciprocal 21 Adjectives Adjectives as attributes Types of adjectives: proper, descriptive, quantitative, number, indefinite, demonstrative, distributive, interrogative, possessive, comparative Degree of comparison The adjectival phrase The adjectival clause Changing words to form adjectives Using adjectives to improve your writing 22 Verbs Verbs as process words Kinds of verbs: transitive, intransitive, auxiliary Finite and non-finite verbs Split infinitives Active and passive voice Mood: indicative, interrogative, imperative, subjunctive Parts of a verb: the present tense, the past tense and the past participle The tense of a verb: past, present and future (singular and plural) Agreement of subject and verb The verbs lie and lay Word building Verbs/nouns easily confused Overuse of got 23 Adverbs Adverbs as modifiers How to form adverbs Kinds of adverbs Confusing adverbs with adjectives Comparison of adverbs Adverbial phrases Adverbial clauses 24 Definite and indefinite articles 25 Prepositions 26 Conjunctions Conjunction of sentences 27 The phrase Dangling phrases 28 The clause 29 The sentence What is a sentence? Parts of a sentence The meaning or function of sentences Structure of sentences Cohesive ties Freight-train or run-on sentences Varying the lengths of sentences Sentence beginnings 30 The paragraph PART 4 Vocabulary and spelling 78 31 Derivation Latin roots Greek roots Other languages 32 Prefixes 33 Suffixes 34 Antonyms and synonyms 35 Homonyms and homophones 36 Anagrams 37 Colloquial and informal language Colloquial language Slang 38 Proverbs 39 Idioms 40 Jargon 41 Spelling Rules for spelling Difficult words to spell Some easily confused words 42 Malapropism 43 Numbers: when are they written? PART 5 Communication through writing 44 Why write? Idea into message The writing process ' writing effectively 45 Genres of writing Narrative genres or text types Argumentative or persuasive genres or text types Analytical, critical and evaluative genres or text types Report genres or text types Script writing Style in writing 46 Reflective or personal writing What is a diary? What is a journal? 47 Giving directions or instructions 48 Newspaper reporting 49 Eyewitness reporting 50 Editorials 51 Reviewing The novel Works of non-fiction A film 52 Responding to poetry Making sense of a poem Making sense of a song lyric 53 Analysing a website 54 Practical communication Letter writing Personal letters Pen-friend letters Thank-you letters Letters to the editor Business letters Letters of application Preparing a rï½sumï½ Emails Text messages 55 Writing a bibliography 56 Footnotes PART 6 Communication through speaking and listening Oral language registers Oral language genres Emphasis and intonation Non-verbal communication Speaking skills Listening skills Problems to avoid Terms used in oral work Introductions Using the telephone Being interviewed Debating Giving a talk or making a public speech Making a PowerPoint presentation Making a presentation at a function A vote of thanks PART 7 Some terms used in literature and language Appendix: A functional view of language Answers Index

    ISBN: 9780170190848
    ISBN-10: 0170190846
    Audience: Primary / High School
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 208
    Published: 14th November 2011
    Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Edition Number: 5
    Edition Type: Revised