Everyday English

Everyday English

How to Say What You Mean and Write Everything Right

Paperback - 2012
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Do you puzzle over participles, argue over agreement, or throw up your hands over the comma? This back-to-basics overview of the English language includes just what you need to know to make a great impression every day--in school, in life, online, and on the job. Each chapter, covering all the essentials from parts of speech to pronunciation to common pitfalls, includes concise, easy-to-find definitions and explanations, countless examples, fun facts, and tips.

- Parts of Speech: Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more form the building blocks of the English language. Don't get tripped up by tenses, possessive pronouns, or adverbs ever again.

- Grammar: From the simplest sentences to the most complex, this quick guide to grammar shows how to construct phrases and clauses, fix fragments, maintain subject-verb agreement, and so much more.

- Spelling and Pronunciation: Avoid embarrassing gaffes and typos with this guide to common spellings, vowel and consonant sounds, and word stress.

- Punctuation: Eggs or egg's, the Smiths or the Smith's (or the Smiths')--proper punctuation makes all the difference. Never misplace another comma, misuse another apostrophe, or mistake another semicolon for an ink smudge.

- Clear Usage: Create sparkling sentences by using ten key principles of great writing, such as Don't use no double negatives, Steer clear of clich s , and It is thought that using passive voice should be avoided. (CK final keys)

- Pitfalls and Confusions: Avoid misunderstandings with this handy list of some of the most commonly confused words, spellings, and meanings--from affect and effect to your and you're.

Published: New York : The Reader's Digest Association, c2012.
ISBN: 9781606524824
1606524828
Branch Call Number: 428.2 SCI
Characteristics: 175 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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