Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier

  • Filename: curious-case-of-the-misplaced-modifier.
  • ISBN: 158297389X
  • Release Date: 2006-04-11
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Bonnie Trenga
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Uses short lessons to discuss the factors that comprise poor writing, identifying the seven most common writing weaknesses and how to overcome them.

Curious Case Of The Misplaced Modifier

  • Filename: curious-case-of-the-misplaced-modifier.
  • ISBN: 1582975612
  • Release Date: 2008-04-03
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Bonnie Trenga
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



The Seven Writing Mysteries that Really Matter Most people think that good grammar leads to good writing. But the truth is that while good writing may be technically correct, it's also strong, concise, and specific. This guide identifies the seven writing weaknesses that editors everywhere must fix again and again; in fact, almost all of an editor's corrections on any piece of writing will come from the material covered in this book's lessons. In an engaging solve-the-mystery format, you'll solve these cases: The Tantalizing Tale of Passive Voice The Peculiar Puzzle of the Vague -ing Word The Confusing Caper Concerning the Super-Long Sentence You don't have to wade through hundreds of pages of dry grammar references to improve your writing. Rather than memorize the picky details that very few people care about, learn what really leads to good writing in this easy-to-use and friendly book.

The Big Book of Words You Should Know

  • Filename: the-big-book-of-words-you-should-know.
  • ISBN: 9781440520778
  • Release Date: 2008-12-17
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: David Olsen
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Do you know what "quatrefoil" and "impolitic" mean? What about "halcyon" or "narcolepsy"? This book is a handy, easy-to-read reference guide to the proper parlance for any situation. In this book you will find: Words You Absolutely Should Know (covert, exonerate, perimeter); Words You Should Know But Probably Don't (dour, incendiary, scintilla); Words Most People Don't Know (schlimazel, thaumaturgy, epergne); Words You Should Know to Sound Overeducated (ad infinitum, nugatory, garrulity); Words You Probably Shouldn't Know (priapic, damnatory, labia majora); and more. Whether writing an essay, studying for a test, or trying to impress friends, family, and fellow cocktail party guests with their prolixity, you will achieve magniloquence, ebullience, and flights of rhetorical brilliance.

The Complete Guide to ACT English

  • Filename: the-complete-guide-to-act-english.
  • ISBN: 1484831454
  • Release Date: 2013-04-28
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Erica L. Meltzer
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub



Written by a top tutor whose students regularly achieve ACT English scores in the mid-30s, The Complete Guide to ACT English is the only book that offers a comprehensive review of all ACT grammar and rhetoric topics. Includes step-by-step explanations of errors in all their forms; dozens of ACT-style exercises that help you move from understanding rules to applying them in context; and cumulative reviews that allow you to practice a progressively wider range of concepts in a passage. Also includes a complete index of English questions from The Real Guide to the ACT, grouped both by topic and by test. Errata for books purchased prior to 8/25/14: p. 35 incorrectly states that when "however" or "therefore" is used to begin a clause, it should only follow a semicolon and not a period. The ACT is actually somewhat inconsistent with this rule: grammar questions that ask test-takers to join two complete sentences will provide only "semicolon + however/therefore" as a correct answer choice. The construction "period + However/Therefore" will not appear as an answer choice. In contrast, on (rhetoric) questions that test meaning rather than grammar, the ACT considers the construction "period + However/Therefore" acceptable. For example, consider the following: The first tomatoes, grown in South America as early as 500 B.C., were small and golden. Therefore, the tomatoes grown today are large and red. A. NO CHANGE B. However, C. Meanwhile D. Likewise, Choice (B) is correct because it is the only option that indicates a contrast between the two sentences. The fact that "however" is preceded by a period rather than a semicolon would not be considered problematic.

The Grammar Devotional

  • Filename: the-grammar-devotional.
  • ISBN: 1429964405
  • Release Date: 2009-10-27
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Mignon Fogarty
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks



Millions of fans around the globe punctuate properly and communicate clearly thanks to Mignon Fogarty's practical and easy-to-remember advice about writing style and word usage. Her first book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 20 million times and hailed by USA Today as "authoritative but warm." Now, in tip-of-the-day form, Grammar Girl serves up 365 lessons on language that are sure to inspire. Filled with new, bite-size writing tips, fun quizzes and puzzles, and efficient memory tricks, The Grammar Devotional gives you a daily dose of knowledge to improve your writing and also serves as a lasting reference you'll use for years to come.

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

  • Filename: 100-ways-to-improve-your-writing.
  • ISBN: 9781440672668
  • Release Date: 1985-10-01
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Gary Provost
  • Publisher: Penguin



This is the one guide that anyone who writes--whether student, business person, or professional writer--should put on the desk beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or word processor. Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, this valuable, easy-to-use handbook can help you solve any and all writing problems.

If I Knew a Flamingo

  • Filename: if-i-knew-a-flamingo.
  • ISBN: 0692529497
  • Release Date: 2015-09-06
  • Number of pages: 26
  • Author: Karen Sutula
  • Publisher:



Does a flamingo have only flamingo friends? Find out in this beautifully illustrated and fun story about a flamingo and her quirky friends.

Vernacular Eloquence

  • Filename: vernacular-eloquence.
  • ISBN: 9780199912896
  • Release Date: 2012-01-02
  • Number of pages: 456
  • Author: Peter Elbow
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Since the publication of his groundbreaking books Writing Without Teachers and Writing with Power, Peter Elbow has revolutionized how people think about writing. Now, in Vernacular Eloquence, he makes a vital new contribution to both practice and theory. The core idea is simple: we can enlist virtues from the language activity most people find easiest-speaking-for the language activity most people find hardest-writing. Speech, with its spontaneity, naturalness of expression, and fluidity of thought, has many overlooked linguistic and rhetorical merits. Through several easy to employ techniques, writers can marshal this "wisdom of the tongue" to produce stronger, clearer, more natural writing. This simple idea, it turns out, has deep repercussions. Our culture of literacy, Elbow argues, functions as though it were a plot against the spoken voice, the human body, vernacular language, and those without privilege-making it harder than necessary to write with comfort or power. Giving speech a central role in writing overturns many empty preconceptions. It causes readers to think critically about the relationship between speech, writing, and our notion of literacy. Developing the political implications behind Elbow's previous books, Vernacular Eloquence makes a compelling case that strengthening writing and democratizing it go hand in hand.

Grammar Girl s 101 Misused Words You ll Never Confuse Again

  • Filename: grammar-girl-s-101-misused-words-you-ll-never-confuse-again.
  • ISBN: 9781429940573
  • Release Date: 2011-07-05
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Mignon Fogarty
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin



Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses. In Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again, you'll learn: - When you should use affect and when effect is right- Whether you should you say purposely or purposefully- The difference between hilarious and hystericalPacked with clear explanations, fun quotations showing the word used in context, and the quick and dirty memory tricks Mignon is known for, this friendly reference guide ends the confusion once and for all and helps you speak and write with confidence.

Everyday English

  • Filename: everyday-english.
  • ISBN: 9781843176800
  • Release Date: 2011-06-30
  • Number of pages: 175
  • Author: Michelle Finlay
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books



A poor command of English is a considerable obstacle in almost every walk of life, from conducting business to dealing with everyday problems. This book takes you back to the basics; the simple rules and tricks that will help anyone to master the language. Rather than a guide to everything you would ever want to know about the English language, it is a basic companion to the nuts and bolts - designed to help native and non-native speakers alike to speak and write correct and unambiguous English in any situation, business or personal. The book offers advice on many different areas including the writing of letters, reports and other texts, where it is often vital to convey meaning and purpose simply and clearly. It also includes sections on sentences, parts of speech, punctuation, and common pitfalls to avoid.

Word Up

  • Filename: word-up.
  • ISBN: 9789385724572
  • Release Date: 2015-11-19
  • Number of pages: 330
  • Author: Marcia Riefer Johnston
  • Publisher: Westland



Want to write more powerfully? You’ve come to the right book. Word Up!—an eclectic collection of essays, more inspiration guide than style guide—serves up tips and insights for anyone who wants to write with more oomph. Word Up! does what too few writing books do: it practices while preaching, shows while telling, uses powerful writing to talk about powerful writing. Word Up! explores the perplexities and celebrates the pleasures of the English language. It leaves you smiling—and ready to conquer your next blank (or blah) page.

Writing for Computer Science

  • Filename: writing-for-computer-science.
  • ISBN: 1852338024
  • Release Date: 2004-06-03
  • Number of pages: 270
  • Author: Justin Zobel
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis



A complete update to a classic, respected resource Invaluable reference, supplying a comprehensive overview on how to undertake and present research

Spellbinding Sentences

  • Filename: spellbinding-sentences.
  • ISBN: 9781599639208
  • Release Date: 2015-07-10
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Barbara Baig
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Elevate Your Writing From So-So To Spectacular! Great writing requires more than an original idea, compelling characters, or a scintillating plot. An author needs all of these to be successful, but writing--and writing well--also demands an entirely different skill set. Spellbinding Sentences arms you with the tools you need to master the power of the English language. In this book, you'll learn the different qualities of words and the many ways those words can be combined to create sentences that hook readers. You'll emulate sentences from your favorite writers, practice proven techniques, and develop your skills one step at a time. The result? Your ability to craft excellent sentences will become second nature--and those sentences will hold your readers spellbound, page after page. "Barbara Baig's Spellbinding Sentences is a tribute to the pleasure and vitality of the English language. Never prescriptive and always clear, this enlightening book is sure to help all those wishing to add grace and strength to their writing." --Jane Brox, award-winning author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, one of TIME magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2010 "Spellbinding Sentences is sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time. Barbara Baig has distilled decades of experience into this wise book." --Edward Dolnick, New York Times best-selling author of The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece

Story Structure Architect

  • Filename: story-structure-architect.
  • ISBN: 9781582976990
  • Release Date: 2005-07-12
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Build a Timeless, Original Story Using Hundreds of Classic Story Motifs! It's been said that there are no new ideas; but there are proven ideas that have worked again and again for all writers for hundreds of years. Story Structure Architect is your comprehensive reference to the classic recurring story structures used by every great author throughout the ages. You'll find master models for characters, plots, and complication motifs, along with guidelines for combining them to create unique short stories, novels, scripts, or plays. You'll also learn how to: Build compelling stories that don't get bogged down in the middle Select character journeys and create conflicts Devise subplots and plan dramatic situations Develop the supporting characters you need to make your story work Especially featured are the standard dramatic situations inspire by Georges Polti's well-known 19th century work, The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. But author Victoria Schmidt puts a 21st-century spin on these timeless classics and offers fifty-five situations to inspire your creativity and allow you even more writing freedom. Story Structure Architect will give you the mold and then help you break it. This browsable and interactive book offers everything you need to craft a complete, original, and satisfying story sure to keep readers hooked!

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