Better Writing

Author: Travis Koll
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1610485882
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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.Using casual language and a straightforward approach, this book provides students with an easy-to-read and effective guide for developing their writing skills. Rather than intimidate and overwhelm novice writers with vast sets of rules, Koll utilises simple explanations and examples to demystify the writing process.

Eats Shoots Leaves

Author: Lynne Truss
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101218297
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.

The Best Punctuation Book Period

Author: June Casagrande
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 1607744945
Format: PDF, ePub
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This all-in-one reference is a quick and easy way for book, magazine, online, academic, and business writers to look up sticky punctuation questions for all styles including AP (Associated Press), MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago Manual of Style. Punctuate with Confidence—No Matter the Style Confused about punctuation? There’s a reason. Everywhere you turn, publications seem to follow different rules on everything from possessive apostrophes to hyphens to serial commas. Then there are all the gray areas of punctuation—situations the rule books gloss over or never mention at all. At last, help has arrived. This complete reference guide from grammar columnist June Casagrande covers the basic rules of punctuation plus the finer points not addressed anywhere else, offering clear answers to perplexing questions about semicolons, quotation marks, periods, apostrophes, and more. Better yet, this is the only guide that uses handy icons to show how punctuation rules differ for book, news, academic, and science styles—so you can boldly switch between essays, online newsletters, reports, fiction, and magazine and news articles. This handbook also features rulings from an expert “Punctuation Panel” so you can see how working pros approach sticky situations. And the second half of the book features an alphabetical master list of commonly punctuated terms worth its weight in gold, combining rulings from the major style guides and showing exactly where they differ. With The Best Punctuation Book, Period, you’ll be able to handle any punctuation predicament in a flash—and with aplomb. From the Trade Paperback edition.

At a Glance Writing Sentences and Beyond

Author: Lee Brandon
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 128596571X
Format: PDF
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Using an abundance of exercises, including twenty-one that are new; examples; and writing applications, AT A GLANCE: WRITING SENTENCES AND BEYOND, Sixth Edition, focuses on sentence writing, with detailed attention to matters such as grammar, rhetoric, sentence variety, sentence combining, diction, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. The book also includes basic instructions for all ten patterns of writing, including classification; a reproducible Writing Process Worksheet designed to provide guidance for students in recursive writing and to save time for instructors; and concise instruction, with student examples, on the process of writing paragraphs and essays. This edition presents new instruction on writing the summary, a revision on community dialects, and more than a hundred prompts and topics for writing specific and combined patterns of paragraphs and essays. Delivering engaging, effective, and affordable basic instruction, the book can be used on its own or as a companion to a reader or other text materials. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Sentences Paragraphs and Beyond With Integrated Readings

Author: Lee Brandon
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133591922
Format: PDF, Docs
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SENTENCES, PARAGRAPHS, AND BEYOND is the first in the popular two-level Brandon series, which helps the student learn to both read and write at the college level, by providing instruction on reading techniques (and barriers), the basics of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well as the writing process and common writing patterns; lively, engaging readings provide student as well as professional models. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Author: Jane Straus
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118790324
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A revised and updated new edition of the bestselling workbook and grammar guide The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages. Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated Eleventh Edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying. Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, offering "just the facts" Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad For anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of English grammar and usage, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation offers comprehensive, straightforward instruction.

Pause and Effect

Author: M.B. Parkes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351912461
Format: PDF, ePub
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From its publication in 1992 Pause and Effect has become a cornerstone of the study of punctuation across the world. Described as 'magisterial' by Lynne Truss in her best-selling Eats, Shoots and Leaves, this book has stimulated interest and scholarly debates among writers, literary critics, philosophers, linguists, rhetoricians, palaeographers and all those who study the use of language. To celebrate this extraordinary achievement, Pause and Effect has been republished in September 2008, coinciding with the publication of the author's new work, Their Hands Before Our Eyes. The first part of Pause and Effect identifies the graphic symbols of punctuation and deals with their history. It covers the antecedents of the repertory of symbols, as well as the ways in which the repertory was refined and augmented with new symbols to meet changing requirements. The second part offers a short general account of the principal influences which have contributed to the ways in which the symbols have been applied in texts, focusing on the evidence of the practice itself rather than on theorists. The treatment enables the reader to compare usages in different periods, and to isolate the principles which underlie the use of punctuation in all periods. The examples and plates which are at the core of the book provide the reader with an opportunity to test the author's observations. The examples are taken from a wide range of literary texts from different periods and languages. Latin texts are accompanied by English translation intended to illustrate the use of punctuation in the originals in so far as this is possible.

Beyond Sinology

Author: Andrea Bachner
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231536305
Format: PDF
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New communication and information technologies provide distinct challenges and possibilities for the Chinese script, which, unlike alphabetic or other phonetic scripts, relies on multiple signifying principles. In recent decades, this multiplicity has generated a rich corpus of reflection and experimentation in literature, film, visual and performance art, and design and architecture, within both China and different parts of the West. Approaching this history from a variety of alternative theoretical perspectives, Beyond Sinology reflects on the Chinese script to pinpoint the multiple connections between languages, scripts, and medial expressions and cultural and national identities. Through a complex study of intercultural representations, exchanges, and tensions, the text focuses on the concrete "scripting" of identity and alterity, advancing a new understanding of the links between identity and medium and a critique of articulations that rely on single, monolithic, and univocal definitions of writing. Chinese writing—with its history of divergent readings in Chinese and non-Chinese contexts, with its current reinvention in the age of new media and globalization—can teach us how to read and construct mediality and cultural identity in interculturally responsible ways and also how to scrutinize, critique, and yet appreciate and enjoy the powerful multi-medial creativity embodied in writing.