Improve Your Grammar

Improve Your Grammar : The Essential Guide to Accurate Writing

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Featuring clear and comprehensive guidance on the nuts and bolts of grammar, this concise volume will help students to break their bad habits and tackle written assignments with confidence. It enables students to improve their overall performance by addressing common problems, such as spelling and punctuation errors and sentence structure, in an accessible way.

Each unit is presented on a double-page spread, making it easy for users to flick through the book and quickly find the unit they need. Units provide clear, jargon-free explanations of key topics and contain focused exercises for students to complete.

This is an essential resource for students of all disciplines looking to improve their grammar. It can be used on teacher-led modules or as a self-study workbook.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9.14mm | 337g
  • Red Globe Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2017
  • 168 p.
  • 1137586060
  • 9781137586063
  • 332,327

Table of contents

Introduction.- How to use this book.- KEY TERMS.- Unit 1: Parts of speech.- Unit 2: Parts of a sentence.- KEY GRAMMAR.- Unit 3: Singular or plural subjects and verbs.- Unit 4: Correct tense formation.- Unit 5: Using more than one verb tense.- Unit 6: Modal verbs.- Unit 7: Using the passive.- Unit 8: Direct and indirect questions.- Unit 9: Conditionals (If...).- Unit 10: Time words and phrases.- Unit 11: Emphasising.- Unit 12: Negative words and phrases.- Unit 13: Gerunds and infinitives.- Unit 14: Articles: a/an, the.- Unit 15: Relative clauses: who, which, that, etc..- Unit 16: Comparing and contrasting.- Unit 17: Describing similarities and differences.- Unit 18: Using noun phrases.- KEY PUNCTUATION.- Unit 19: Commas (1): correct uses.- Unit 20: Commas (2): incorrect uses.- Unit 21: Colons and semicolons.- Unit 22: Hyphens, dashes and brackets.- Unit 23: Apostrophes.- Unit 24: Inverted commas.- Unit 25: Capital letters.- CONNECTIONS WITHIN SENTENCES.- Unit 26: Linking: contrasting.- Unit 27: Linking: adding.- Unit 28: Linking: causes.- Unit 29: Linking: results.- Unit 30: Signposting.- Unit 31: Using pronouns correctly.- Unit 32:Avoiding repetition of words.- PRODUCING GOOD SENTENCES.- Unit 33: Parallel structures.- Unit 34: Participles.- Unit 35: Incomplete sentences.- Unit 36: Avoiding long and disorganised sentences.- Unit 37: Avoiding too many short sentences.- Unit 38: Building successful long sentences.- FEATURES OF WRITING.- Unit 39: Generalising.- Unit 40: Qualifying a statement.- Unit 41: Giving a definition.- Unit 42: Introducing an example.- Unit 43: Citing.- Unit 44: Paraphrasing.- Unit 45: Incorporating data.- Unit 46: Formal language (1).- Unit 47: Formal language (2).- Unit 48: The language of argument.- USING THE RIGHT WORDS.- Unit 49: Adverbs.- Unit 50: Using prepositions (1).- Unit 51: Using prepositions (2).- Unit 52: Creating longer words.- Unit 53: Using single words for impact.- Unit 54: Using phrasal verbs.- Unit 55: Commonly misused words.- Unit 56: Commonly confused words - homonyms.- Unit 57: Key spelling rules.- Unit 58: Common spelling mistakes.- Unit 59: Writing an email to your tutor.- Unit 60: Covering letters and CVs.- Key.- Index.
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About Vanessa Jakeman

Mark Harrison has been an ELT author for 20 years. He has written a range of titles mainly in the areas of grammar and testing. In the grammar field he has authored or co-authored titles in the Oxford Living Grammar, Grammar Spectrum and Oxford Practice Grammar series for OUP. He has also written numerous practice tests books for the Cambridge ESOL exams and a Use of English Skills book, for OUP and Macmillan. In recent years, he has also worked extensively on the Macmillan English Campus, writing and devising online materials, as well as writing other online and CD-ROM materials.

Vanessa Jakeman has co-ordinated English Language and EAP programmes and worked extensively in the field of English Language Testing, in the UK and overseas. She has a range of jointly-authored ELT publications which comprise Cambridge ESOL Practice Test books and course books for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Ken Paterson is currently a freelance writer, having finished a twenty-year career at the University of Westminster, UK, as Director of the Centre for English Learning and Teaching. Ken has been involved in pedagogical grammar since the early 1990s, writing a number of grammar practice books for Oxford University Press and DELTA.
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