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Grammar : A Pocket Guide - Susan J. Behrens


A Pocket Guide

Paperback Published: 7th September 2010
ISBN: 9780415493598
Number Of Pages: 221

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If you've ever wanted a quick and easy guide to verbs and adverbs, commas and apostrophes, clauses and prepositions, then this is a must-have book for you. Easing readers gently into the study of the structure of English, Grammar: A Pocket Guide covers common questions such as:

Is it "10 items or less" or "10 items or fewer"?

Should I say "If I were you" or "if I was you"?

Can you start a sentence with "And" or "Because"?

When do you use "whom"?

What is the difference between "lie" and "lay"?

Is it "I feel bad" or "I feel badly"?

Using examples from everyday speech and writing, this handy book "cracks the code" of off-putting grammatical jargon so that readers can enjoy learning how to think and talk about grammar. With practice exercises, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading, Grammar: A Pocket Guide is the perfect foundation for anyone wanting to improve his or her writing and communication.

Industry Reviews

"Behren's book clearly shows that the study of language should not be a 'joyless censoriousness' (Dick Veit's expression) but an inquiry into language questions we encounter daily in writing, ranging from syntactic issues to punctuation concerns... [Her] linguistic training is evident throughout." - The ATEG Journal

Introduction. 1. The Great Subject-Predicate Divide. 2. All Types of Verbs: Beyond "Action". 3. Verb Forms Telling Time (and More). 4. Subjects and Verbs Agreeing. 5. Nouns and Their Determiners. 6. Objects and Complements. 7. Verb Transitivity. 8. The Subjunctive: In the Right Mood. 9. The Passive (and Active) Structure: Watch Your Voice. 10. The Case of Pronouns. 11. Adjectives and Adverbs Modifying. 12. Prepositional Phrases and Verb Particles. 13. Conjunctions at Junctions. 14. Relative Clauses (and More Clauses and Phrases). 15. Misaligned Modifiers. 16. Commas: More Than Pauses. 17. Apostrophes: Dueling Functions. 18. Applying the Knowledge. Appendices: Further Reading. Answer Key to Chapter Questions. Cheat Sheet Tables. Glossary

ISBN: 9780415493598
ISBN-10: 0415493595
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 221
Published: 7th September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.76 x 11.94  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1