Writing Talk

Writing Talk : Sentences and Paragraphs with Readings

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It is the authors' intention to treat writing as an extension of speech - to speak correctly is the key to learning to write and use grammar correctly. Grammar in the native speaker is a built-in skill, rather than an added-on one and the best sense for grammar is in the ear. They suggest that there are not errors of bad grammar; instead, there are errors of inappropriate usage. The book offers full coverage of the writing process, the patterns of paragraph development, sentence grammar and mechanics and usage. Contextual exercises, writing examples and explanations of grammar rules appear throughout.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 210.82 x 274.32 x 20.32mm | 975.22g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 0130996998
  • 9780130996992

Table of contents

I The paragraph: myths about writing; how to start writing; moving from sentences to paragraphs; writing a solid paragraph; revising paragraphs. II The sentence: the basic sentence; building sentences; avoiding non-sentences; verbs - an overview; regular and irregular verbs; subject-verb agreement; problems with verbs; using pronouns correctly; pronoun problems; distinguishing between adjectives and adverbs; dangling and misplaced modifiers; using prepositions. III Mechanics: punctuation you can hear; punctuation you can't hear; capitalization; how to use the dictionary; spelling rules; commonly misspelled words. IV Readings: help for your reading; an object - "Tortillas", Jose Antonio Burciaga, "The Ritual of the Grill", Bonny Thompson Belgum, "The Cello", Lorena Bruff; a place - "The Hole at Alcatraz", Jim Quillen, "Letter from Toyko", Michael A. Lev, "The Monkey Garden", Sandra Cisneros; an animal - "Snakes", Michael Ondaatje, "The Revolt of the Elephants", Ingrid E. Newkirk, "Sport", Jimmy Carter; a person - "At the Core, Why Jordan Is Jordan", Bob Greene, "Two Roads Converged in a Wood", Jenijoy La Belle, "Barbie Doll", Marge Piercy; an event - "Last Flight", Isao Natsuo, "Looking for Love in Cyberspace Isn't as Easy - or Safe - as It Seems", Sharon Whitley, "Shame", Dick Gregory; a problem - "Senor Payroll", William E. Barrett, "Talkin' White", Wayne Lionel Aponte, "Unacceptable Behavior", Lynda Chavez; an argument - "Faith in the Future of Dreams", Leonard Pitts, "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides", Evelyn Storr Smart, "Nations' Gun Play Is Dangerous Game", Norman A. Lockman.show more

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