Practical Grammar: A Canadian Writers Resource

Paperback | October 23, 2013

byMaxine Ruvinsky

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A succinct and comprehensive overview of English grammar, this text serves as both a textbook and a reference. With straightforward information on everything from punctuation and parts of speech to research and documentation, this practical, up-to-date handbook is a must for Canadian writersin any field.

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A succinct and comprehensive overview of English grammar, this text serves as both a textbook and a reference. With straightforward information on everything from punctuation and parts of speech to research and documentation, this practical, up-to-date handbook is a must for Canadian writersin any field.

Maxine Ruvinsky is a former journalist and professor of journalism. She is the author of two other Oxford University Press textbooks: Investigative Reporting in Canada, 2008; and Reporting for the Media, Canadian Edition, 2011.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.46 inPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199002304

ISBN - 13:9780199002306

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Table of Contents

A Note to the ReaderA Note to the InstructorPart One: Grammar Basics1. Parts of SpeechNounsPronounsVerbsAdjectivesAdverbsPrepositionsConjunctionsInterjections2. Sentence StructureSubjects and PredicatesPhrases and ClausesSentence TypesSentence Patterns3. Verbs RevisitedPersonTensePrincipal Parts of the VerbParticiplesMoodVerb TypesSubjects, Objects, and ComplementsActive and Passive VoicePart Two: Elementary Errors4. Subject-Verb AgreementReversed Sentence OrderWords between Subject and VerbRelative PronounsLinking VerbsCorrelated SubjectsCollective Nouns as SubjectsCompound SubjectsPlural NounsIndefinite Pronouns5. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement and Pronoun CaseClear Pronoun ReferenceAgreement of Pronoun and AntecedentPronoun CaseParting Tips on Pronoun Case6. Diction and DanglersDictionMisplaced and Dangling ModifiersFixing DanglersPart Three: Points of Style7. Parallelism and Faulty ConstructionsParallelismFaulty Constructions8. PunctuationTerminal PunctuationInternal PunctuationPart Four: Writing Essentials9. Writing Well: A Compendium of TipsFour Stages of WritingTop Twelve Writing Tips10. Style and DocumentationAnswersGlossary of Grammatical TermsResourcesIndex*Note: Chapters 1-8 end with Review Exercises

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"It is clear and accessible and the informality of much of the language will help students to overcome their fear of grammar rules and conventions." --Sally Hayward, University of Lethbridge