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An Easy Guide to Writing

An Easy Guide to Writing
Author: Pamela Dykstra
ISBN 13: 9780131849549
ISBN 10: 131849549
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2005-05-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $97.20

Easy Guide to Writing offers a fresh approach to learning sentences. It explains grammar in an easy-to-understand instruction, making the abstract concrete. This book gives readers instruction on how to write effective sentences and offers guided practice in writing complex sentences (such as sentence combining exercises). Easy Guide to Writing gives users a sense of how sentences work, presenting punctuation as an integral part of creating meaning. This book also includes instruction on whole discourse. Part 1 covers the essentials of writing effective sentences: the basic sentence, dependent clauses, the punctuation that involves sentence boundaries (period, comma, semicolon), as well as the understanding of fragments and run-on sentences. Part 2 concentrates on the words that often cause problems for basic writers: verbs, subject and verb agreement, irregular verbs, easily confused words, and pronouns. Part 3 returns to sentence-level concerns as it highlights clarity, parallel structures, and sentence variety. Part 4 covers capitalization and the punctuation marks not covered in Part 1. Particular attention is given to apostrophes and quotation marks. Part 5 gives the instruction needed to write one-and two-paragraph papers and short essays. Part 6 highlights some of the English language patterns that can be confusing for non-native speakers. This basic skills handbook/reference is geared to basic writers who struggle with sentence structure and the conventions of Standard Written English.