Writing Essentials: Exercises to Improve Spelling, Sentence Structure, Punctuation, and Writing

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Ideal as a classroom or self-study text, WRITING ESSENTIALS reviews basic English skills needed for proper spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, and writing. Offering brief, clear explanations, and a wealth of exercises, students can practice what they've learned, receive feedback, and apply it to their writing.

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PAIGE WILSON, Associate Professor of English, is now primary author of Teresa Ferster Glazier's THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH classic textbook series (currently in its 13th edition) and a new co-author of Pamela Altman's SENTENCE-COMBINING WORKBOOK (5th edition). Wilson has enthusiastically taught grammar, writing, and literature at Pasadena City College since 1986 and also works as a Writing Consultant/Grammar Expert for international and local companies.

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UNIT 1. WORD CHOICE AND SPELLING 1. Your Own List of Misspelled Words 2. Words Often Confused (Set 1) 3. Words Often Confused (Set 2) 4. The Eight Parts of Speech 5. Contractions 6. Possessives 7. Words that Can Be Broken into Parts 8. Rule for Doubling a Final Letter 9. Using a Dictionary UNIT 2. SENTENCE STRUCTURE 1. Finding Subjects and Verbs 2. Locating Prepositional Phrases 3. Understanding Dependent Clauses 4. Correcting Fragments 5. Correcting Run-on Sentences 6. Identifying Verb Phrases 7. Using Standard English Verbs 8. Using Regular and Irregular Verbs 9. Maintaining Subject/Verb Agreement 10. Avoiding Shifts in Time 11. Recognizing Verbal Phrases 12. Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers 13. Following Sentence Patterns 14. Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness 15. Correcting for Parallel Structure 16. Using Pronouns 17. Avoiding Shifts in Person UNIT 3. PUNCTUATION AND CAPITAL LETTERS 1. Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash 2. Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3 3. Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6 4. Quotation Marks and Underling/Italics 5. Capital Letters UNIT 4. WRITING 1. What is the Least You Should Know About Writing? 2. Basic Structures 3. Writing Skills

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