Higher Education

English Grammar for Writing, 1st Edition

  • Mark Honegger University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • ISBN-10: 0618251898  |  ISBN-13: 9780618251896
  • 304 Pages
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $85.75



With many students arriving at college-level composition courses lacking a thorough grounding in grammar, English Grammar for Writing aims to support both instructors and students in addressing this gap. This text focuses on high-frequency grammar and style issues such as punctuation, passives, and parallelism. The text simplifies the technical complexity of grammar by focusing on how to teach writing and the conventions of good writing. It is based on the theory that once students know basic grammar rules and functions, they will then have the confidence and the framework to view language coherently and systematically. When that framework is in place, students can apply their grammatical knowledge to the writing assignment they encounter in their classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Speech vs. Writing
The Most Important Technology
Writing vs. Pictures
Writing vs. Speech
Sender's Efficiency vs. Recipient's Understanding
The Differences between Speaking and Writing
Why Writing Is Harder Than Speaking
2. The Major Parts of Speech
What's a Part of Speech?
Content Words
Tests for Identification
Difficult Cases
Application to Writing
3. The Minor Parts of Speech
Some Selected Closed Classes
Application to Writing
4. Phrases: The Art of Chunking
What Are Phrases?
Classifying Phrases
5. More on Phrases
Sentence Diagrams
Counting Phrases
Diagramming Infinitive Verb Phrases and Possessive Noun Phrases
Diagramming Present Participle Verb Phrases
Diagramming Modal Phrases
Diagramming Subordinate Clauses
The Challenges of Phrase Boundaries
Application to Writing
6. Grammatical Roles: Distinguishing Identical Elements
Verb-Phrase Patterns
Identification Rules for Grammatical Roles
Application to Writing
7. Adverbials and Other Elements in the Clause
The Other Elements: Examples of Grammatical Necessity
Application to Writing
8. Passive? Tense? What's on That Verb?
More than Temporal Information
Tense-Aspect Forms
How to Tell Them Apart
Tense in Writing
Changing Voice
The Interaction of Tense with Voice
Application to Writing
9. Putting Words Together: Coordination, Subordination, and Parallelism
Punctuation for Coordination
Punctuation for Subordinate Clauses
Conceptual Parallelism
What's the Problem with Parallelism Errors?
A Note on Punctuation in Parallel Structures
Application to Writing
A Note on Some Marks of Punctuation
10. The System of Modifiers
Absolute Phrases
The Structure of Sentences with Modifiers
The Placement of Modifiers
11. Structuring Information in Writing
New and Old Information
Vague Errors
Reordering the Sentence
Placement of Modifiers
Word Choice and Intonation
12. Word Choices
The Dictionary vs. the Lexicon
Commonly Confused Words
English Spelling
Subject-Verb Agreement
Respect in Language
Gender-Neutral Language
13. The Written Standard and the Oral Varieties of English
Linguistic Diversity
The System of Black English
The System of Appalachian English
Standard English and Dialects
Descriptive vs. Prescriptive
Appendix: The Grammatical Analysis of Literature
Metrical Analysis
Grammatical Analysis of Poetry
Grammatical Analysis of Prose


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