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Basic Grammar and Usage 8th Edition

Penelope Choy, Dorothy Goldbart Clark

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006, 2002, 1998
  • 352 Pages

Overview

Help students master the basics of the English language with BASIC GRAMMAR AND USAGE. Covering the important rules of grammar, usage, and syntax, this text provides clear explanations and numerous examples to help students succeed. Exercises help them strengthen their grammar and the book-specific website has grammar reviews that ensure that they master the material.

Penelope Choy, Los Angeles City College

Dorothy Goldbart Clark, California State University, Northridge

  • New exercises in Units Three and Four require students to compose their own sentences using the structures discussed in each chapter (for example, compound sentences, parenthetical expressions, or restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses).
  • Unit Six includes opportunities for students to write sentences using parallel structure and correctly positioned modifiers.
  • The section on apostrophes has been rewritten and expanded.
  • Additional exercises help students strengthen their grammar.
  • In each lesson, students receive clear explanations of specific grammar rules and structures along with numerous examples for each point.
  • Every lesson is followed by two exercises. Exercise A focuses on the material in that particular lesson and Exercise B reviews material covered in earlier lessons in the unit to ensure that students remember material previously studied (and are able to see the relationships between the various lessons).
  • Answers for the "A" exercises are printed in the back of the book so that students can monitor their progress.
  • Lessons within each unit are cumulative, helping to reinforce students' understanding of the concepts.
  • Each unit ends with a composition that the students must proofread for errors and then correct to demonstrate their mastery of the material.
Unit I: IDENTIFYING SUBJECTS AND VERBS.
1. Sentences with One Subject and One Verb.
2. Multiple Subjects and Verbs.
3. Distinguishing Between Objects of Prepositions and Subjects.
4. Main Verbs and Helping Verbs.
Unit Review.
Unit II: SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT.
5. Recognizing Singular and Plural Subjects and Verbs.
6. Indefinite Pronouns as Subjects.
7. Subjects Understood in a Special Sense.
8. Subjects Joined by Conjunctions.
Unit Review.
Unit III: IDENTIFYING AND PUNCTUATING THE MAIN TYPES OF SENTENCES.
9. Compound Sentences.
10. Complex Sentences.
11. Avoiding Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices.
12. Correcting Fragments.
Unit Review.
Unit IV: PUNCTUATION THAT "SETS OFF" OR SEPARATES.
13. Parenthetical Expressions.
14. Appositives.
15. Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses.
16. Commas with Introductory Phrases, Series, Dates, and Addresses
Unit Review.
Unit V: PRONOUN USAGE.
17. Subject, Object, and Possessive Pronouns.
18. Pronouns in Comparisons and Pronouns with –self, --selves.
19. Agreement of Pronouns with Their Antecedents.
20. Order of Pronouns and Spelling of Possessives.
Unit Review.
Unit VI: CAPITALIZATION, MORE PUNCTUATION, PLACEMENT OF MODIFIERS, PARALLEL STRUCTURE, AND IRREGULAR VERBS.
21. Capitalization.
22. Additional Punctuation.
23. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
24. Parallel Structure.
25. Irregular Verbs.
Unit Review.
Unit 7: PARAGRAPHS.
26. Writing Effective Paragraphs.
Answers to "A" Exercises.
Index.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781133375401
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FOR INSTRUCTORS

Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781428263741
An Instructor's Manual is available to anyone who adopts this book. Besides the answers to the "B" exercises in the textbook, the manual contains three different sets of tests. Detailed unit tests provide the instructor with ready-to-photocopy exams for each section of the book. Brief, but comprehensive, diagnostic tests for every unit in the book can be used to measure how much the students already know about grammar at the beginning of the course. Achievement tests measure what the students have learned after completing the course and may be used as a final exam. Answers for each exam are included in the manual.