Higher Education

Business English, 10th Edition

  • includes MEGUFFEY.COM Printed Access Card
  • Mary Ellen Guffey Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Carolyn M. Seefer Diablo Valley College
  • ISBN-10: 0324789742  |  ISBN-13: 9780324789744
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available
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Dr. Mary Ellen Guffey's BUSINESS ENGLISH, 10th Edition, makes students into successful communicators in any business arena with its proven grammar instruction and supporting in-text and online resources. The market leader in grammar and mechanics since its first publication, BUSINESS ENGLISH uses a three-tiered approach to break topics into manageable units, and give you flexibility in planning your course. Packed with insights from more than thirty years of classroom experience in business communications, BUSINESS ENGLISH also includes access to the author's new premier website, www.meguffey.com, where instructors and students will find a vast array of resources for building language skills, including all-new, interactive, reinforcement exercises.

Features and Benefits

  • Effective Three-tiered Approach: A unique and thorough approach to grammar, Dr. Guffey starts with the basics every student needs, then moves step-by-step through the language building skills they will rely on to communicate effectively in their business careers. Learning aids throughout the text -- such as exercises, study tips, and "Spot the Blooper" -- will challenge students at every level.
  • Enlightening FAQs Answered by the Author: Illustrate everyday communication problems encountered in the business world with Dr. Guffey's easy-to-read question-and-answer format, including important distinctions in English grammar, usage, style, and vocabulary.
  • Challenging Pretests and Posttests: Included with each chapter, these brief tests preview concepts to pique student interest and let students evaluate their own success on the chapter topics.
  • End-of-chapter Reviews and Exercises: Reinforce and internalize language concepts with an abundance of exercises for students, including self-help exercises that test newly-acquired skills, and end-of-unit review exercises with answers.
  • Colorful PowerPoint Package -– Created for instructors and students, this exciting package enables you to preview chapter content with interactive slides that engage students in "Test Your Skill" segments.

Table of Contents

1. Reference Skills.
2. Parts of Speech.
3. Sentences: Elements, Variety, Patterns, Types, Faults.
4. Nouns.
5. Possessive Nouns.
6. Personal Pronouns.
7. Pronouns and Antecedents.
8. Verbs: Kinds, Voices, Moods.
9. Verb Tenses and Parts.
10. Subject-Verb Agreement.
11. Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs.
12. Prepositions.
13. Conjunctions.
14. Commas.
15. Semicolons and Colons.
16. Other Punctuation.
17. Capitalization.
18. Numbers.
A. Developing Spelling Skills.
B. Developing Vocabulary Skills.
C. Reference Guide to Document Formats.
Self-Help Exercises.
Answers to Self-Help Exercises.

What's New

  • Exclusive Instructor/Student Web Site: The all-new author website at www.meguffey.com gives students one convenient place to find textbook support. Online reinforcement exercises, chapter quizzes, PowerPoint review, "Ms. Grammar," and other resources help students build skills, while instructors will find downloadable supplements, bonus teaching modules, exercises, and handouts to enrich the classroom experience.
  • New Online Reinforcement Exercises with Feedback: This abundance of exercises will help students build new language skills, and when they complete the odd-numbered reinforcement exercises at www.meguffey.com, they'll receive feedback on every answer!
  • Intriguing Trivia Tidbits: These new margin notes offer interesting facts about the English language to stimulate curiosity about chapter topics.
  • New "Chat About It" Discussion Questions: Discussion questions at the end of every chapter offer students the chance to discuss English language skills during class, as well as an online chat room and discussion board -- modes of communication that are popular with students today. Some topics also require outside research to help you broaden the scope of your course.
  • Updated Examples, Illustrations, and Bloopers: Up-to-the-minute references to business events and technology (wikis, e-mail, blogs, browsers, and more) indoctrinate students in today's rapidly changing digital workplace.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

ePack: eBook: Business English for Guffey's Business English, 10th + MEGUFFEY.COM Instant Access Code

ISBN-10: 113362328X  | ISBN-13: 9781133623281

Bundle: Text + Partial Student Key

ISBN-10:  1111026076  | ISBN-13:  9781111026073

Bundle: Text + WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1111289603  | ISBN-13:  9781111289607

Bundle: Text + WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1111287503  | ISBN-13:  9781111287504

Bundle: Text + Complete Student Key

ISBN-10:  1111021481  | ISBN-13:  9781111021481

Bundle: Business English (with MEGUFFEY.COM Printed Access Card), 10th + HOW 12: A Handbook for Office Professionals, 12th

ISBN-10:  1111619107  | ISBN-13:  9781111619107

Bundle: Text + WebTutor™ on Angel 1-Semester Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1111483442  | ISBN-13:  9781111483449

ePack: eBook: Business English, 10th + Aplia Instant Access for Grammar

ISBN-10:  1133623522  | ISBN-13:  9781133623526

ePack: Printed Text + WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Acces

ISBN-10:  1305604040 | ISBN-13:  9781305604049


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Site for WWW.MEGUFFEY  (ISBN-10: 0840047800 | ISBN-13: 9780840047809)

MEGUFFEY.COM Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0324826745 | ISBN-13: 9780324826746)

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0538756918 | ISBN-13: 9780538756914)

Succeed in your business communication course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

Instructor Site for WWW.MEGUFFEY Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840047819 | ISBN-13: 9780840047816)

Cengage-Hosted WebTutor™  (ISBN-10: 1111477825 | ISBN-13: 9781111477820)

Student Supplements

MEGUFFEY.COM Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0324826745 | ISBN-13: 9780324826746)

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0538756918 | ISBN-13: 9780538756914)

Succeed in your business communication course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

Cengage-Hosted WebTutor™  (ISBN-10: 1111477825 | ISBN-13: 9781111477820)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mary Ellen Guffey

A dedicated professional, Mary Ellen Guffey has taught business communication and business English topics for more than 35 years. She received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Bowling Green State University; a master’s degree from the University of Illinois; and a doctorate in business and economic education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has taught at the University of Illinois, Santa Monica College, and Los Angeles Pierce College. Now recognized as the world’s leading business communication textbook author, Dr. Guffey is the founding author of three award-winning textbooks: BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRODUCT, ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION, and BUSINESS ENGLISH. Each updated book continues to lead its market and, together, these books have helped hundreds of thousands of students around the world develop language skills. Dr. Guffey serves on the review boards of the Business and Professional Communication Quarterly and the Journal of Business Communication, publications of the Association for Business Communication. She also participates in national meetings, sponsors business communication awards, and is committed to promoting excellence in business communication pedagogy and the development of student writing skills.

Carolyn M. Seefer

Carolyn M. Seefer earned her undergraduate business degree and business education teaching credential from the University of Georgia and her MBA from John F. Kennedy University, where she graduated at the top of her class. She has been teaching business courses at the college level for almost 30 years. Since 1996, she has served as professor in the Business Administration Department of Diablo Valley College, a large community college in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to teaching a variety of business courses at Diablo Valley College, Professor Seefer is faculty advisor for Phi Beta Lambda, the DVC business club; is a member of the college Scholarship Committee; is her department’s Academic Senate representative; serves as a mentor to new faculty; and is involved in developing procedures and guidelines for online teaching. She also recently took part in the college study abroad program, where she had the opportunity to teach in Florence, Italy, for a semester. In addition, Professor Seefer is an active member of the Association for Business Communication and has presented numerous times at ABC’s annual conventions. Professor Seefer, who places great emphasis on student learning and achievement, has been named Teacher of the Year at three different colleges. She was most recently selected as the 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year for the Contra Costa Community College District.