A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage by Larry Beason, Mark Lester

By Larry Beason, Mark Lester

A common sense consultant to Grammar and utilization is simply what its identify indicates: an easy, student-friendly grammar consultant. The text’s modular classes holiday down advanced grammatical strategies with plain-language factors, convenient advice, and visible examples that express — instead of simply inform — scholars the right way to realize, right, and discover ways to stay away from error in grammar. With countless numbers of routines within the booklet and millions extra to be had on-line at no cost at workout primary, scholars get abundant perform discovering and solving error of their writing. The textual content additionally contains writing assurance and short documentation publications for MLA and APA, making it an invaluable reference for various university classes.

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1. They built their new house with their own hands. 2. We lost the game in the last second. 3. I am taking some classes at a community college. 4. The soil on the farm is amazingly rich. 5. The report of the accident was finally released on Monday. indd 17 8/29/11 10:41 AM Unit One Understanding the Basic Sentence Overview The Nuts and Bolts of Understanding the Basic Sentence This unit will help you understand the most basic concept in writing: the correct punctuation of complete sentences. A complete sentence has the following characteristics: It contains both a subject and a verb.

There is a grinding noise every time I put the car in reverse. indd 36 8/29/11 10:41 AM Lesson 2: Run-ons: Fused Sentences and Comma Splices 37 3. I don’t watch much TV anymore, I still read TV Guide. 4. We are taking out the kitchen counter we are putting in a granite one. Lesson 2 run-on 5. He is going back to school as soon as he saves enough money. Sentence Practice 3 Combine each pair of sentences by attaching the second sentence to the first with a comma and an appropriate coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).

Example: authority authorize Answer: the authority 7 the authorize 1. lengthen length 2. concede concession 3. discover discovery 4. performance perform 5. dedication dedicate Most of the time, we do not use common nouns by themselves. We use them in a package with articles like a and the and with modifying adjectives in front of the noun and with adjectival prepositional phrases or adjective clauses after the noun. For example: the first three motions that were presented In this example, the noun motions has an article (the) and two modifying ad­ jectives in front of the noun (first three) as well as a modifying adjective clause following the noun (that were presented ).

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