EVERYDAY FREE SHIPPING on $25 & up - Excludes marketplace items & rentals.
EVERYDAY FREE SHIPPING on $25 & up - Excludes marketplace items & rentals.
EVERYDAY FREE SHIPPING on $25 & up - Excludes marketplace items & rentals
Search
Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage

Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0312399344

cover of Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage 3RD 03 (ISBN 978-0312399344)
ISBN13: 978-0312399344
ISBN10: 0312399340
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 03
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2003
International: No

USED
Sold Out
FREE Shipping on $25+
  • Ships tomorrow
  • 30-Day Returns
  • Condition: Very Good
Sold Out
More Shipping Options

Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage - 3RD 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312399344

Larry Beason and Mark Lester

ISBN13: 978-0312399344
ISBN10: 0312399340
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 03
Publisher: Bedford Books

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Commonsense help for the most common errors. Using a straightforward, practice-oriented approach, A Commonsense Guide helps students learn to identify and correct common errors, including fragments, run-ons, problems with subject/verb agreement, problems with verb tenses and forms, and ESL trouble spots.

A minimum of grammatical terms means easy access to learning. The text's explanations and tips are written in clear, everyday language, so students will be confident about (rather than intimidated by) what they are learning. Emphasis is placed on learning how to identify and correct errors -- not on learning terminology. The table of contents includes a sample error for each lesson so students do not have to rely on grammatical terminology to locate a lesson or specific coverage.

Unique "commonsense tips" provide intuitive reminders. Each lesson includes at least one handy tip -- a commonsense way of thinking about an error. The tips, enclosed in easy-to-locate boxes, rely not on complex grammatical rules, but on intuitive, practical strategies that writers actually use.

Consistent organization, carefully sequenced content, and plenty of exercises help students learn to fix problems. Consistent and practical organization of each lesson ensures that students immediately become comfortable with a predictable and reliable learning pattern. Each lesson includes sample errors; a straightforward explanation of the problem and its causes; a diagnostic exercise; commonsense correction strategies; and first sentence-level and then paragraph-level exercises that teach students to edit their own writing. The abundance of exercises in the book and updated exercises on the web give students ample opportunity to practice what they learn, while answers to some exercises in the back of the book and immediate feedback on the web allow students to measure their progress.

User-friendly design provides quick access. The spiral-bound, two-color format, tabbed unit dividers, boxed tips and checklists, and hand-edited sentences comprise an easy reference tool that students can use on their own.

Flexible format allows instructors to customize their course. Lessons are self-contained so instructors can use the text to assign lessons and units to an entire class or to refer students to individual lessons for self-study and additional practice.

Author Bio

Beason, Larry : University of South Alabama

LARRY BEASON is associate professor of English and Director of Composition at the University of South Alabama. His teaching interests include composition, grammar, and writing. He has published in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Research in the Teaching of English,and Journal of Business Communication.



Lester, Mark :

MARK LESTER is a former professor of English at Eastern Washington University. He is the author of more than a dozen books on grammar and linguistics. He has served as the chair of the department of English as a second language at the University of Hawaii and chair of the department of English at Eastern Washington University.

Table of Contents

Why Use This Book -- For Students


UNIT 1: UNDERSTANDING THE BASIC SENTENCE

Lesson 1: Fragments

Lesson 2: Run-ons: Fused Sentences and Comma Splices



UNIT 2: EXPANDING THE BASIC SENTENCE


Lesson 3: Commas with And, But, Or, and Other Coordinating Conjunctions

Lesson 4: Punctuating Transitional Terms

Lesson 5: Punctuating Adverb Clauses



UNIT 3: MAKING SUBJECTS AND VERBS AGREE



Lesson 6: Agreement with Lost Subjects

Lesson 7: Agreement with There is and There was

Lesson 8: Agreement with Compound Subjects



UNIT 4: USING CORRECT VERB TENSES


Lesson 9: Present, Past, and Tense Shifting

Lesson 10: The Past and the Perfect Tenses



UNIT 5: UNDERSTANDING PRONOUNS


Lesson 11: Pronoun Agreement

Lesson 12: Vague Prounons: This, That and It

Lesson 13: I or Me? She or Her? He or Him?

Lesson 14: Who, Whom, and That

Lesson 15: Eliminating Sexist Pronouns



UNIT 6: PLACING AND PUNCTUATING MODIFIERS


Lesson 16: Commas with Introductory Elements

Lesson 17: Commas with Adjective Clauses

Lesson 18: Commas with Appositives

Lesson 19: Dangling Modifiers

Lesson 20: Misplaced Modifiers



UNIT 7: USING APOSTROPHES CORRECTLY


Lesson 21: Apostrophes in Contractions

Lesson 22: Apostrophes in Showing Possession

Lesson 23: Other Uses of the Apostrophe

Lesson 24: Unnecessary Apostrophes



UNIT 8: USING OTHER PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZING CERTAIN WORDS

Lesson 25: Quotation Marks with Direct Quotation and Paraphrases

Lesson 26: Quotation Marks with Other Punctuation

Lesson 27: Semicolons

Lesson 28: Colons

Lesson 29: Capitalization

UNIT 9: WRITING CLEAR SENTENCES



Lesson 30: Parallelism

Lesson 31: Passive Voice



UNIT 10 ESL: CHOOSING THE RIGHT ARTICLE



Lesson 32: Incorrect Plurals and Articles with Noncount Nouns

Lesson 33: Using A/An, Some, and The

Lesson 34: Making Generalizations without Articles



UNIT 11 ESL: USING VERBS CORRECTLY

Lesson 35: The Progressive Tenses

Lesson 36: Using Participles as Adjectives

Lesson 37: Phrasal Verbs

* Lesson 38: Information Questions

* Lesson 39: Word Order in Dependent Clauses



UNIT 12: A COMMONSENSE WRITING GUIDE



* Lesson 40: Reading

Lesson 41: Planning

Lesson 42: Drafting

Lesson 43: Revising



* BRIEF DOCUMENTATION GUIDE
* APPENDIX A: Grammar Without Tears
APPENDIX B: Glossary of Commonly Confused Words
APPENDIX C: Glossary of Common Phrasal Verbs
ANSWER KEY
INDEX
ESL INDEX

* new to this edition

List price: $0.00
  • Marketplace
  • From
More Shipping Options