Painless Grammar

Painless Grammar

by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.

Hardcover(Library Binding)

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Most students and many teachers think of grammar books as being, at best, necessary evils--but here's a book that breaks free from the pattern and takes the boredom out of grammar. Written primarily for children on the middle-school level, this book mixes parts of speech and proper punctuation with healthy portions of humor, down-to-earth examples, and fun illustrations that will appeal to adolescents. While kids are learning painlessly about how to make verbs agree with their subjects and pronouns with their antecedents, they look at some of the wackier words in the English language and see how they are often misused. A final chapter gives basic instructions for editing, which the author calls a fancy word for cleaning up messy writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613548489
Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Painless Series
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction iv

Chapter 1 Parts of Speech 1

Noun Pointers 3

Pronoun Pointers 16

Verb Pointers 25

Adjective and Adverb Pointers 44

Conjunction Pointers 54

Preposition Pointers 60

Interjection Pointers 64

Chapter 2 Building and Punctuating Sentences 77

Sentences, Fragments, Phrases, and Clauses 79

Road Signs: Punctuation 86

Highlights: Abbreviations, Symbols, Numbers, and Emphasis 145

Chapter 3 Agreement 169

Agreement Between Subject and Verb 171

Agreement Between Pronouns and Antecedents 180

Chapter 4 Words, Words, Words 191

Wacky Words We Love to Misuse 193

One Word or Two? 219

Confusing Pears 220

Chapter 5 Cleaning Up Messy Writing 229

Chapter 6 Writing a Good E-mail 265

Chapter 7 Getting It All Together: Editing a Paper 277

Index 286

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