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A writer's guide : easy ground rules for successful written English /

Main Author: Walpole, Jane.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, c1980.
Series: A Spectrum book
Table of Contents:
  • What this book is all about. You and this book ; Grammar and writing ; Grammar, usage, and mechanics
  • How to talk about grammar. Some preliminary concepts ; A minimum of definitions ; Word chunks : sentences and clauses ; Word chunks : phrases ; A reprise
  • The independent clause. Clauses and other fragments ; Clause subjects ; Noun modifiers ; Clause predicates ; Clause verbs ; Verb modifiers ; Expansion through modification ; Time out
  • Grammatical punctuation. A note on punctuation ; Punctuating noun modifiers ; Punctuating verb modifiers ; Another reprise and a proviso ; Other internal punctuation ; Joining independent clauses
  • Cutting and pasting. Combining clauses ; A peek underneath ; Sentences in context ; Sentence sequences
  • Styling your sentences. Parallelism ; Forms seen but not heard ; Some tips on style
  • Sampling the nitty-gritty. Verbs and verb phrase ; Agreement ; Mechanical punctuation ; A few pointers on spelling ; A writer's bookshelf.