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The Essentials of English : A Writer's Handbook (with APA Style) - Ann Hogue

The Essentials of English

A Writer's Handbook (with APA Style)

By: Ann Hogue

Paperback Published: 24th October 2003
ISBN: 9780131500907
Number Of Pages: 480

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From grammar and punctuation to the creation of essays and business letters, "The Essentials of English: A WriterAs Handbook," by Ann Hogue, is a must-have reference tool for todayAs writer. As easy to use as a dictionary, this handbook is designed specifically for non-native English speakers. "The Essentials of English" pays extra attention to articles, phrasal verbs, subordinate clauses, and other commonly troublesome items. The book uses everyday language and simple sentence structure in both explanations and examples. The examples reflect topics of multicultural interest.

Each part focuses on a single topic, building from sentence structure and mechanics to writing, revising, and proper formatting. Students also learn how to write a research paper in the MLA and APA styles. Practice exercises provide immediate application, and ASpecial TipsA throughout indicate common errors, explain confusing points, and offer helpful hints.

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PART 1 The Basics


1     Words

a   Nouns

b   Pronouns

c   Verbs

d   Adjectives

e   Articles

f   Adverbs

g   Prepositions

h   Conjunctions

i   Interjections


2     Phrases

        a   Noun phrases

        b   Infinitive phrases

        c   Gerund phrases

        d   Prepositional phrases

        e   -ing and -ed phrases

        f   Appositive phrases


3     Clauses

a   Independent clauses

b   Dependent clauses


4     Sentences

a   Sentence parts

b   Sentence patterns

c   Question patterns

d   Kinds of sentences



PART 2 Clear Sentences


5     Connecting Ideas

      a   Coordination

      b   Subordination

      c   Coordination or subordination?


6     Connecting Ideas by Coordination

      a   Making compound sentences

      b   Connecting words coordinating conjunctions

      c   Connecting words with correlative conjunctions

      d   Using parallel forms


7     Connecting Ideas by Subordination

      a   Making complex sentences

      b   Using appositives

      c   Using -ing and -ed phrases

      d   Using shortened adverb clauses


8     Common Sentence Problems

      a   Fragments

      b   Run-together sentences

      c   Choppy writing

      d   Overuse of and, but, and so


9     Word Order

      a   Normal word order

      b   Inverted (verb-subject) word order

      c   Word order of direct and indirect objects

      d   Varying sentence openings


10   Word Choice

      a   Dictionaries and thesauruses

      b   Informal language and slang

      c   Gender-sensitive (sexist) language



PART 3 Grammar


11   Verb Forms and Tenses

      a   Verb forms

      b   Verb tenses

      c   Special tense combinations

      d   Modals

      e   Passive voice


12   Special Situations with Verbs

      a   Gerunds

      b   Infinitives

      c   Gerunds vs. infinitives

      d   Phrasal verbs


13   Subject-Verb Agreement

      a   Singular subject

      b   Singular or plural subjects

      c   Plural subjects

      d   Confusing situations


14   Nouns: Count and Noncount

      a   Count nouns

      b   Noncount nouns

      c   Count or noncount nouns

      d   Expressing quantity


15   Articles

      a   For generic nouns: a, an, or no article ( æ )

      b   For indefinite articles: a, an, or some

      c   For definite nouns: the

      d   Idiomatic uses of articles

      e   Choosing the right article


16   Pronouns

      a   Subject, object, and possessive forms

      b   Special situations

      c   Myself, ourselves

      d   Each other and one another


17   Pronoun Agreement

      a   With indefinite pronouns: someone, everybody

      b   With generic nouns: a student, an employee

      c   With collective nouns: team, class

      d   With eitheror and neither ... nor


18   Pronouns: Unclear Reference


19   Adjectives and Adverbs: Position

      a   Position of adjectives

      b   Position of adverbs


20   Special Situations with Adjectives

      a   Agreement of adjectives

      b   Order of adjectives

      c   Participial adjectives: boring or bored?


21   Comparisons

       a   Equal degree: as big as, the same size as

   b   Comparative and superlative degrees: bigger than, the biggest; more difficult than, the most difficult

   c   Parallel forms with comparisons


22   Negatives

      a   No vs. not

      b   Double negatives


23   Adjective Clauses

      a   Subject pronouns: who, which, that

      b   Object pronouns: whom, which, that, æ (no pronoun)

      c   Possessive pronoun: whose

      d   Relative adverbs: where and when

      e   Punctuation of adjective clauses



PART 4 Punctuation


24   End Punctuation

      a   Periods

      b   Question marks

      c   Exclamation points


25   Commas

      a   In compound sentences

      b   After introducers

      c   Around extra-information modifiers

      d   With transition signals

      e   With direct quotations

      f   With items in a series

      g   Other uses of commas


26   Semicolons

      a   In compound sentences

      b   In compound sentences with transition signals

      c   In a series containing commas


27   Colons

      a   In sentences

      b   Other uses of colons


28   Apostrophes

      a   With possessives

      b   In contractions and in years

      c   With special plurals


29   Quotation Marks

      a   With direct quotations

      b   Other uses of quotation marks


30   Parentheses


31   Dashes


32   Brackets and Ellipses



PART 5 Mechanics


33   Capital Letters

      a   Pronoun I

      b   First word of a sentence

      c   Proper nouns and most proper adjectives

      d   Titles and subtitles of works

      e   Greetings and closings in letters

      f   Certain abbreviations


34   Hyphens

      a   In compound words

      b   Dividing words at the end of a line


35   Underlining and Italics

      a   Titles of long works

      b   Foreign words

      c   Numbers, letters, and words used as words


36   Abbreviations

      a   Titles of people

      b   Dates and times

      c   Familiar abbreviations

      d   Postal codes

      e   Latin abbreviations

      f   Words usually not abbreviated


37   Numbers

      a   Numbers written as words

      b   Numbers written as numerals

      c   Forming plural numbers


38   Spelling

      a   ei or ie rule

      b   Adding suffixes

      c   Forming plurals

      d   British and American spelling



PART 6 Writing and Revising


39   Writing in English


40   The Writing Process

      a   Creating

      b   Organizing

      c   Writing

      d   Polishing


41   Paragraphs

      a   Topic sentence

      b   Supporting sentences

      c   Paragraph unity

      d   Paragraph coherence

      e   Concluding sentence

      f   Patterns of paragraph organization


42   Essays

      a   Introduction

      b   Body

      c   Conclusion

      d   Patterns of essay organization



PART 7 Formats


43   Writing on a Computer


44   Document Formats

      a   Academic papers (MLA style)

      b   Lab reports

      c   Business documents

      d   E-mail


45   Research Papers

      a   Making a schedule

      b   Taking a library tour

      c   Choosing a topic

      d   Collecting information

      e   Reading and taking notes

      f    Writing and revising the paper

      g   Citing your sources (MLA style)

      h   Sample research paper



PART 8 Reference Lists


46   Irregular Verbs

47   Verb + Prepositions Combinations

48   Phrasal Verbs

49   Adjective + Preposition Combinations

50   Pairs of -ing / -ed Adjectives

51   Proper Nouns with The

52   Connecting Words

53   Transition Signals

54   Troublesome Words

55   Editing Symbols

56   APA Style


Answer Key

ISBN: 9780131500907
ISBN-10: 0131500902
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 24th October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1

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