Everyday English by Patrick Scrivenor
How to Say What You Mean and Write Everything Right

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Do you puzzle over participles, argue over agreement, or throw up your hands over the comma? This back-to-basics overview of the English language includes just what you need to know to make a great impression every day—in school, in life, online, and on the job. Each chapter, covering all the essentials from parts of speech to pronunciation to common pitfalls, includes concise, easy-to-find definitions and explanations, countless examples, fun facts, and tips.


·        Parts of Speech: Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more form the building blocks of the English language. Don’t get tripped up by tenses, possessive pronouns, or adverbs ever again.

·        Grammar: From the simplest sentences to the most complex, this quick guide to grammar shows how to construct phrases and clauses, fix fragments, maintain subject-verb agreement, and so much more.

·        Spelling and Pronunciation: Avoid embarrassing gaffes and typos with this guide to common spellings, vowel and consonant sounds, and word stress.

·        Punctuation: Eggs or egg’s, the Smiths or the Smith’s (or the Smiths’)—proper punctuation makes all the difference. Never misplace another comma, misuse another apostrophe, or mistake another semicolon for an ink smudge.

·        Clear Usage: Create sparkling sentences by using ten key principles of great writing, such as Don’t use no double negatives, Steer clear of clichés, and It is thought that using passive voice should be avoided. (CK final keys)

·        Pitfalls and Confusions: Avoid misunderstandings with this handy li

About Patrick Scrivenor

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PATRICK SCRIVENOR was writer/researcher on Purnell's History of the Second World War etc. then worked with Writers in Business, a company that strived to improve the English used by major commercial—and especially financial— concerns in reports. His books include Egg On Your Interface: A Dictionary of Modern Nonsense (1989).
Published June 26, 2012 by Readers Digest. 176 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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