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This best-selling sentence-level worktext by John Langan continues to help students master the essential grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and usage skills needed for clear, thoughtful writing. The eighth edition of Sentence Skills, Form B features a new 4-color design that adds visual appeal and highlights key concepts to students.

About the Author

John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for over twenty years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both reading and writing, he enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Glassboro State Collee. He also spent a year writing fiction.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: EFFECTIVE WRITING

CHAPTER ONE: Learning Sentence Skills

Why Learn Sentence Skills?
Your Attitude about Writing
How This Book is Organized
How to Use This Book

CHAPTER TWO: A Brief Guide to Effective Writing

What Is a Paragraph?
The Goals of Effective Writing
Activities in the Goals of Effective Writing

CHAPTER THREE: The Writing Process

Steps in the Writing Process
Activities in the Writing Process
Ten Writing Assignments

PART TWO: SENTENCE SKILLS

Section 1: Grammar

CHAPTER FOUR: Subjects and Verbs

CHAPTER FIVE: Fragments

CHAPTER SIX: Run-Ons

CHAPTER SEVEN: Sentence Variety I

Section 2: Verbs, Pronouns, and Agreement

CHAPTER 8: Standard English Verbs

CHAPTER 9: Irregular Verbs

CHAPTER 10: Subject-Verb Agreement

CHAPTER 11: Consistent Verb Tense

CHAPTER 12: Additional Information about Verbs

CHAPTER 13: Pronoun Reference, Agreement, and Point of View

CHAPTER 14: Pronoun Types

Section 3: Modifiers and Parallelism

CHAPTER 15: Adjectives and Adverbs

CHAPTER 16: Misplaced Modifier

CHAPTER 17: Dangling Modifiers

CHAPTER 18: Faulty Parallelism

Section 4: Punctuation and Mechanics

CHAPTER 20: Paper Format

CHAPTER 21: Capital Letters

CHAPTER 22: Numbers and Abbreviations

CHAPTER 23: End Marks

CHAPTER 24: Apostrophe

CHAPTER 25: Quotation Marks

CHAPTER 26: Comma

CHAPTER 27: Other Punctuation Marks

Section 5: Word Use

CHAPTER 28: Dictionary Use

CHAPTER 29: Spelling Improvement

CHAPTER 30: Omitted Words and Letters

CHAPTER 31: Commonly Confused Words

CHAPTER 32: Effective Word Choice

PART THREE: REINFORCEMENT OF SENTENCE SKILLS

Combined Mastery Tests

Fragments and Run-Ons

Verbs

Pronouns

Faulty Modifiers and Parallelism

Capital Letters and Punctuation

Word Use

Editing and Proofreading Tests

Test 1: Fragments

Test 2: Fragments

Test 3: Run-Ons (Fused Sentences)

Test 4: Run-Ons (Comma Splices)

Test 5: Standard English Verbs

Test 6: Irregular Verbs

Test 7: Faulty Parallelism

Test 8: Capital Letters

Test 9: Apostrophes

Test 10: Quotation Marks

Test 11: Commas

Test 12: Commonly Confused Words

Combined Editing Tests

Appendixes

Appendix A: How a Computer Can Help

Appendix B: Parts of Speech

Appendix C: ESL Pointers

Appendix D: Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test

Appendix E: Sentence-Skills Achievement Test

Appendix F: Ansswers to Introductory Activities and Practice Exercises in Part Two

Index

Corrections Symbols

Product Details

ISBN:
9780073533278
Author:
Langan, John
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
English language -- Sentences.
Subject:
English language -- Grammar.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Reference-Rhetoric
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
590
Dimensions:
9.02x7.39x.89 in. 1.98 lbs.

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