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English Grammar For Dummies, UK Edition

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Vörunúmer: 9781118717011
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Efnisyfirlit

  • Contents at a Glance
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
    • About This Book
    • How to Use This Book
    • What You Are Not to Read
    • Foolish Assumptions
    • How This Book Is Organised
    • Icons Used in This Book
    • Where to Go from Here
  • Part I: The Parts of Speech and Parts of the Sentence
    • Chapter 1: I Already Know How to Talk. Why Should I Study Grammar?
      • Living Better with Better Grammar
      • Deciding Which Grammar to Learn
      • Distinguishing between the Three Englishes
      • Using the Right English at the Right Time
    • Chapter 2: Verbs: The Heart of the Sentence
      • Linking Verbs: The Giant Equals Sign
      • Completing Linking Verb Sentences Correctly
      • Placing the Proper Pronoun in the Proper Place
      • Lights! Camera! Action Verb!
      • Getting by with a Little Help from My Verbs
      • Pop the Question: Locating the Verb
      • To Be or Not to Be: Infinitives
    • Chapter 3: Relax! Understanding Verb Tense
      • Simplifying Matters: The Simple Tenses
      • Using the Tenses Correctly
      • Perfecting Grammar: The Perfect Tenses
      • Using the Present Perfect Tense Correctly
      • Present Participles
      • It’s All Highly Irregular
    • Chapter 4: Who’s Doing What? Finding the Subject
      • Who’s Driving? or Why the Subject Is Important
      • Pop the Question: Locating the Subject–Verb Pair
      • What’s a Nice Subject Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Unusual Word Order
      • Find That Subject! Detecting an Implied You
      • Striking Out on Their Own: Non-finite Verbs
      • Masquerading as Subjects: Here and There
      • Subjects Aren’t Just a Singular Sensation: Forming the Plural of Nouns
      • When the Subject Is a Number
    • Chapter 5: Having It All: The Complete Sentence
      • Completing Sentences: The Essential Subjects and Verbs
      • Complete Thoughts, Complete Sentences
      • Taking an Incomplete: Fragment Sentences
      • Could This Really Be the End? Understanding Endmarks
    • Chapter 6: Handling Complements
      • Being on the Receiving End: Direct Objects
      • One Step Removed: Indirect Objects
      • No Bias Here: Objective Complements
      • Finishing the Equation: Linking-Verb Complements
      • Pop the Question: Locating the Complement
      • Pop the Question: Finding the Indirect Object
      • Pronouns as Objects and Subject Complements
  • Part II: Avoiding Common Errors
    • Chapter 7: Getting Hitched: Marrying Sentences
      • Matchmaking: Combining Sentences Legally
      • Boss and Employee: Joining Ideas of Unequal Ranks
      • Employing Pronouns to Combine Sentences
    • Chapter 8: Do You Feel Bad or Badly? The Lowdown on Adjectives and Adverbs
      • Adding Adjectives
      • Stalking the Common Adverb
      • Distinguishing Between Adjectives and Adverbs
      • Avoiding Common Mistakes with Adjectives and Adverbs
    • Chapter 9: Prepositions, Interjections and Articles
      • Proposing Relationships: Prepositions
      • Interjections Are Easy!
      • Articles: Not Just for Magazines Any More
    • Chapter 10: Everyone Brought Their Homework: Pronouns
      • Pairing Pronouns with Nouns
      • Deciding between Singular and Plural Pronouns
      • Using Possessive Pronouns
      • Positioning Pronoun–Antecedent Pairs
      • More Pronoun Problems
    • Chapter 11: Just Nod Your Head: About Agreement
      • Writing Singular and Plural Verbs
      • Easier Than Marriage Counselling: Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
      • Choosing Verbs for Two Subjects
      • The Question of Questions
      • Negative Statements and Subject– Verb Agreement
      • The Distractions: Prepositional Phrases and Other Irrelevant Words
      • Can’t We All Just Get Along? Agreement with Difficult Subjects
  • Part III: No Garage, but Plenty of Mechanics
    • Chapter 12: Apostrophes
      • The Pen of My Aunt or My Aunt’s Pen? Using Apostrophes to Show Possession
      • Possession with Company Names
      • Ownership with Hyphenated Words
      • Possessives of Nouns that End in s
      • Common Apostrophe Errors with Pronouns
      • Shortened Words for Busy People: Contractions
      • Using Apostrophes with Symbols, Abbreviations and Numbers
    • Chapter 13: Quotations: More Rules than Revenue & Customs
      • Scare Quotes
      • Brackets
      • Quotations
      • Speech
      • Punctuating Titles: When to Use Quotation Marks
    • Chapter 14: The Pause That Refreshes: Commas
      • Distinguishing Items: Commas in Lists
      • Separating Adjectives
      • You Talkin’ to Me? Direct Address
      • Using Commas in Addresses and Dates
      • Flying Solo: Introductory Words
    • Chapter 15: Adding Information: Semicolons, Dashes and Colons
      • Gluing Complete Thoughts Together: Semicolons
      • Creating a Stopping Point: Colons
      • Giving Additional Information – Dashes
    • Chapter 16: CAPITAL LETTERS
      • Capitalising (or Not) References to People
      • Capitalising Geography: Directions, Places and Languages
      • Marking Seasons and Other Times
      • Schooling: Courses, Years and Subjects
      • Writing Capitals in Book and Other Titles
      • Concerning Historical Capitals: Events and Eras
      • If U Cn Rd Ths, U Cn Abbreviate
      • Giving the Last Word to the Poet
  • Part IV: Polishing without Wax – The Finer Points of Grammar
    • Chapter 17: Pronouns and Their Cases
      • Me Like Tarzan: Choosing Subject Pronouns
      • Using Pronouns as Direct and Indirect Objects
      • Pronouns of Possession: No Exorcist Needed
      • Dealing with Pronouns and –ing Nouns
    • Chapter 18: Fine-Tuning Verbs
      • Giving Voice to Verbs
      • Making the Better Choice? Active or Passive Voice
      • Putting It in Order: Sequence of Tenses
      • Mix and Match: Combining the Past and Present
    • Chapter 19: Saying What You Want to Say: Descriptive Words and Phrases
      • Ruining a Perfectly Good Sentence: Misplaced Descriptions
      • Keeping Your Audience Hanging: Danglers
      • Avoiding Confusing Descriptions
    • Chapter 20: Good, Better, Best: Comparisons
      • Ending It with –er or Giving It More
      • Breaking the Rules: Irregular Comparisons
      • Never More Perfect: Using Words That You Can’t Compare
      • Leaving Your Audience in Suspense: Incomplete Comparisons
      • Spock was Better than any First Officer in Star Fleet: Illogical Comparisons
      • Two for the Price of One: Double Comparisons
    • Chapter 21: Keeping Your Balance
      • Constructing Balanced Sentences
      • Shifting Grammar into Gear: Avoiding Stalled Sentences
      • Seeing Double: Conjunction Pairs
  • Part V: Rules Even Your Great-Aunt’s Grammar Teacher Didn’t Know
    • Chapter 22: The Last Word on Verbs
      • Getting a Feel for Everyday Verbs: The Indicative Mood
      • Commanding Your Verbs: The Imperative Mood
      • Discovering the Possibilities: The Subjunctive Mood
      • I Can’t Help But Think This Rule Is Crazy: Deleting Double Negatives
      • Can’t Hardly Understand This Rule: Yet Another Double Negative
    • Chapter 23: The Last Word on Pronouns
      • Knowing the Difference Between Who/Whoever and Whom/Whomever
      • Studying Improper Antecedents
      • Matching Verbs to Pronouns in Complicated Sentences
      • This, That and the Other: Clarifying Vague Pronoun References
      • Its or Their? Selecting Pronouns for Collective Nouns
      • Pronouns, Inc.: Using Pronouns with Company Names
    • Chapter 24: The Last Word on Sentence Structure
      • Understanding the Basics of Clause and Effect
      • Playing Truant
      • Spicing Up Boring Sentences
    • Chapter 25: The Last Word on Punctuation
      • Making Your Point Clear with Commas
      • Saving Time with Ellipsis
      • H-y-p-h-e-n-a-t-i-n-g Made Easy
      • Slashing Your Sentences
  • Part VI: The Part of Tens
    • Chapter 26: Ten Ways Two to Improve Your Proofreading
      • Read Like a Professional Proofreader
      • Read Backwards
      • Wait a While
      • Read It Aloud
      • Delete Half the Commas
      • Swap with a Friend
      • Let the Computer Help
      • Check the Sentence Length
      • The Usual Suspects
      • Draw up a Checklist
    • Chapter 27: Ten Ways to Learn Better Grammar
      • Read Good Books
      • Watch Good Television
      • Read the Newspaper
      • Flip through Magazines
      • Visit Nerd Hangouts
      • Check Out Strunk and White
      • Listen to Authorities
      • Review Manuals of Style
      • Surf the Internet
      • Build Your Own Reference Library
  • Index

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