The book is organized by topic, with problems and solutions throughout: Pretest at the beginning of workbook with answers; according to which answers they get wrong, readers are directed to different sections of the workbook (pinpoints where to begin for those using the book as a review). Chapters include explanatory problems/solutions throughout. Exam covering entire subject provided at workbook-end; answers provided Index
STACY MAGEDANZ is a reference librarian at California State University, San Bernardino. She has authored various literature and grammar study guides.JEFFREY G. COGHILL is a medical librarian at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He has taught English at several colleges, including Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina, and McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Study Guide Checklist.
Chapter 1: Nouns and Articles.
Types of Nouns.
Count versus Noncount Nouns.
Showing Possession with Nouns.
Gray Area: Articles and the Letter H.
Gray Area: British versus American Article Usage.
Chapter 2: Pronouns.
Common Pitfall: Multiple Pronouns and What Case to Use.
Common Pitfall: "We" and "Us" as Appositives.
Common Pitfall: Pronouns as Complements (or "It is I!").
Agreement of Pronouns with Antecedents.
Gray Area: Restrictive "That" versus Nonrestrictive "Which".
Common Pitfall: "Who" versus "Whom".
Common Pitfall: "This Kind," "Those Sorts".
Common Pitfall: Possessive Pronouns and Apostrophes.
Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns.
Gray Area: Sexist Language and Indefinite Pronouns.
Chapter 3: Verbs.
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs: Direct Objects.
Simple Present Tense.
Simple Past Tense.
Simple Future Tense.
Present Progressive Tense.
Past Progressive Tense.
Future Progressive Tense.
Present Perfect Tense.
Past Perfect Tense.
Common Pitfall: "Lie" versus "Lay".
Future Perfect Tense.
Present Perfect Progressive Tense.
Past Perfect Progressive Tense.
Future Perfect Progressive Tense.
Common Pitfall: Passive Voice.
Gray Area: The Particle at the End of the Sentence.
Gray Area: "Can" versus "May".
Gray Area: "Will" versus "Shall".
Gray Area: Possessives with Gerunds.
Gray Area: Split Infinitives.
Chapter 4: Conjunctions.
Gray Area: Beginning a Sentence with "And".
Gray Area: Using "Than" with Personal Pronouns.
Gray Area: "As" versus "Like".
Common Pitfall: "Than" versus "Then".
Chapter 5: Prepositions.
Prepositions and Compound Prepositions.
Common Pitfall: Misused Prepositions.
Common Pitfall: The Double Preposition.
Gray Area: Prepositions at the End of a Sentence.
Chapter 6: Modifiers.
Adjectives and Adverbs.
Adverbs at Work.
Common Pitfall: Unnecessary Adverbs.
Adjective and Adverbial Phrases.
Comparatives and Superlatives.
Common Pitfall: Irregular Endings of Comparison Words.
Common Pitfall: Double Comparisons and Superlatives.
Common Pitfall: Adjectives and Adverbs That Should Not Be Compared.
Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Participles.
Chapter 7: Sentences.
Phrases and Clauses.
Special Types of Subjects.
Special Types of Phrases.
Special Types of Clauses: "That" Clauses.
Special Types of Clauses: "If" Clauses.
Sentence Types: Compound and Complex.
Punctuating Clauses within Sentences.
Sentence Types: Declarative, Imperative, and Interrogative Moods.
Sentence Types: Passive and Active Voice.
Common Pitfall: Frequently Encountered Sentence Problems.
Misplaced or "Dangling" Modifiers.
Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements.
Lack of Agreement.
Lack of Parallelism.
Inconsistent Use of Tenses or Pronouns.
Chapter 8: Punctuation, Capitalization, and Other Issues.
Gray Area: The Serial Comma.
Gray Area: Handling 'S Situations.
Common Pitfall: "It's" versus "It is".
Abbreviations and Acronyms.
Abbreviations and Acronyms in Writing.
Common Pitfall: Latin Abbreviations.
Expressing Dates and Times with Numbers.
Other Uses of Numbers.
Customized Full-Length Exam.
Appendix A: Glossary.
Appendix B: Abbreviations.
Other Common Abbreviations.