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Grammar Matters, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Anthony C. Winkler, Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell

Published by Longman

Published Date: Jan 31, 2011

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While demonstrating the practical realities of acceptable usage, Grammar Matters answers two questions:  First, “What exactly is grammar?”  Second,   “Why is it necessary to use grammar correctly?”


In down-to-earth, no-nonsense language, the authors emphasize how grammar varies with custom and how the rules of grammar were invented out of necessity.  Put a different way, the authors suggest that writing considered grammatical is always appropriate in its language whereas language that is not appropriate to the occasion or the audience is likely to be judged ungrammatical .


Grammar Matters begins with the basic sentence–as seen from the viewpoint of native speakers as well as students learning English as a second language.  Then the book moves briskly into the twenty most common sentence errors and how to fix them.  Every topic is followed by drills, practice, and MyWritingLab skill sets that promise complete understanding and overall mastery. 



Table of Contents

Preface / Introduction

Part 1, Sentence Basics
Unit 1 Introduction:  Grammar Matters
Unit 2 The ESL Student and the Native Speaker
Unit 3 The Sentence
Unit 4 Building Sentences
Part 2, The 20 Most Common Sentence Errors
         Error 1  Sentence Fragments
         Error 2  Run-on Sentences
         Error 3  Lack of Subject-Agreement
         Error 4  Incorrect Verb Forms
         Error 5  Incorrect Forms of Do, Be, and Have
         Error 6  Passive Voice
         Error 7  Shift in Tense
         Error 8  Shift in Point of View
         Error 9  Unclear or Missing Referent
         Error 10 Lack of Pronoun Agreement and Sexism
         Error 11 Trouble with Using Adverbs and Adjectives in Comparisons and Superlatives
         Error 12 Dangling or Misplaced Modifiers
         Error 13 Omitted Commas, Part 1
         Error 14 Omitted Commas, Part 2
         Error 15 Apostrophe Problems
         Error 16 Trouble with Quotation Marks
         Error 17 Incorrect Capitalization, Part 1
         Error 18 Incorrect Capitalization, Part 2
         Error 19 Misspelled Words, Part 1
         Error 20 Misspelled Words, Part 2

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