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Whether you're new to nouns, verbs, and prepositions or just brushing up on your grammar, CliffsQuickReview Writing: Grammar, Usage, and Style can help. This guide not only helps you understand grammar concepts, but it also gives you clear explanations of sentence structure, as well as advice on how to write well. As you work your way through this guide, you'll find out about
- Nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs
- Propositions, conjunctions, and interjections
- Sentence construction and variety, as well as punctuation
- Words: compound words, idioms, clichés, and jargon
- The different types of writing and organizing a writing assignment
CliffsQuickReview Writing: Grammar, Usage, and Style is an invaluable reference for those who want to improve their writing, whether at the high school level or in college. Here are just a few of the things you'll learn about how to bring your writing up to snuff:
- Understanding your writing assignment
- Writing a thesis statement
- Quoting and paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism
- Creating an outline for your paper
- Writing your first draft, and polishing up your final draft
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Cliffs Quick Reviews are Produced by The People Who Know Student Needs and Respond to Them. This logically presented, easy-to-grasp review gives you the reference you want in order to write effectively for any course requiring you to put your ideas down on paper. This Review Gives You
- A concise Grammar Review that clearly explains the parts of speech, with special emphasis on how to keep errors out of your writing.
- A Sentence Review that shows you how to avoid common mistakes in such areas as agreement, modification, and parallel structure.
- A Punctuation Review that demystifies the use of periods, question marks, exclamation points, commas, semicolons, colons, dashes, parentheses, and quotation marks.
- A Words section that makes it easy to understand the meanings of frequently confused words, to use idioms correctly, and to identify and avoid cliches, euphemisms, and wordiness.
- A Writing section that takes you through the process of becoming a good writerwriting for various purposes, selecting your topic, formulating your main idea, gathering supporting details, organizing your writing, and writing from the first draft through the final paper.
About the Author
Jean Eggenschwiler, MA is a graduate of U. C. Berkeley and Stanford University. She has taught English and Composition in high school and worked as a business editor and writer.
Emily Dotson Biggs is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Murray State University. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Paducah Community College and Murray State University and has taught English to students from kindergarten to college.
Table of Contents
Parts of Speech.
Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs.
The Question Mark.
The Exclamation Point.
Words That are Frequently Confused.
Jargon, Faddish Words, and Slang.
Writing for Different Purposes.
Writing as a Process.
Selecting a Topic.
Formulating a Thesis or Main Idea.
Gathering Support for a Thesis or Main Idea.
Organizing a Writing Assignment.
Writing the First Draft.
Writing the Final Draft.
Writing with a Computer.