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English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Australian Edition



English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Australian Edition

Wendy M. Anderson, Geraldine Woods, Lesley J. Ward

ISBN: 978-1-118-49332-8 November 2012 416 Pages

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Improve the writing and speaking skills you use every day

Graceless with grammar? Perplexed by punctuation? Have no fear! This second Australian edition of English Grammar For Dummies explains everything from basic sentence structure to the finer points of grammar. Packed with expert advice, this book will help you to communicate more effectively and make the right impression every time.

  • Structure sentences correctly — learn everything from making verbs agree to understanding clauses
  • Avoid and fix common mistakes — find out how to revise the things your grammar checker underlines
  • Punctuate like a professional — explore the correct use of commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons and dashes
  • Polish your writing style — discover how good grammar and good style go hand in hand

Open the book and find:

  • Ways to accessorise with adjectives and adverbs
  • Tips for pairing the correct pronoun with the noun
  • Advice about how to use numerals in documents
  • Hints for writing emails and slide presentations
  • Explanations of errors missed by spell checkers

Learn to:

  • Improve your writing and editing
  • Understand and apply grammar rules
  • Avoid common errors
  • Connect grammar with style
Introduction 1

Part I: Understanding Verbs and Sentences 7

Chapter 1: Who Cares about Grammar? 9

Chapter 2: Verbs: The Engine of the Sentence21

Chapter 3: Timing is Everything: Understanding Verb Tense 35

Chapter 4: Who’s Doing What? Finding the Subject 53

Chapter 5: One with the Lot: The Complete Sentence 61

Chapter 6: Following On: Objects and Complements 75

Part II: Adding Detail and Avoiding Common Errors 87

Chapter 7: Driving a Road Train: Joining Sentences 89

Chapter 8: Accessorising: Modifying with Adjectives and Adverbs 105

Chapter 9: Filling the Gaps: Prepositions, Interjections and Articles 121

Chapter 10: She’ll Be Right: Handling Pronouns 133

Chapter 11: Making it Match: About Agreement 151

Part III: Punctuating for Precision 161

Chapter 12: Commas: Pauses That Count 163

Chapter 13: Apostrophes: They’re There for a Reason 183

Chapter 14: Quotations: He Said, She Said 197

Chapter 15: Adding Information: Semicolons and Colons 223

Chapter 16: Dots and Dashes: Ellipses, Hyphens, Dashes and Slashes 235

Chapter 17: CAPITAL LETTERS and Numerals 245

Part IV: Grammar with Style — the Finer Points 257

Chapter 18: Perfecting Pronouns 259

Chapter 19: Finetuning Verbs and Verbals 271

Chapter 20: Saying What You Want to Say: Descriptions 289

Chapter 21: Refining Your Writing: Grammar in Action 305

Chapter 22: e-Grammar: Accuracy in Electronic Communication 331

Part V: The Part of Tens 347

Chapter 23: Ten Common Grammar Errors and How to Revise Them 349

Chapter 24: Ten Things Grammar and Spell Checkers Can’t Do 355

Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Improve Your Writing 361

Chapter 26: Ten Ways two to Improve Your Editing 367

Glossary 373

Index 385