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Writing Wrongs

Common Errors in English

By Robert M. Martin

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Format: Paperback, 300 pages
Published In: Canada, 30 November 2017
Writing Wrongs is a concise and thoughtful guide to common errors in English. It covers frequently confused and misused words along with problems of grammar, punctuation, and style, and offers a brief and up-to-date guide to major citation styles. Though it provides guidelines and recommendations for usage, Writing Wrongs acknowledges the evolution of language over time and the fact that different contexts have different rules-it is not narrowly prescriptive. A friendly, flexible, and easy-to-read reference, Writing Wrongs will be useful to students and general readers alike.

Table of Contents

Foreword Part I: Wait! Stop! Make Sure You Read This! How to Use This Book Part II: How And Why What's going on? Why? What Makes for Acceptability? Sticklers A Surprising Note on Rules One Last Word Part III: Words Meanings, Uses, and Idioms: a Dictionary Singular and Plural Plurals not Made With -S Singular or Plural? Words Borrowed from Other Languages Compound Terms Abbreviations and Acronyms Mass Nouns and Count Nouns Irregular Verbs Homophones or Nearly Mondegreens and Eggcorns Pronunciations and Mis- Annoying Speech Mannerisms Part IV: Grammar Verb Forms The Continuous Tenses The Perfect Tenses The Subjunctive Sequence of Tenses in Indirect Speech Active and Passive Voice Subject-Verb Agreement Collective Nouns Other Agreement Problems Split Infinitives Like vs. As. The Order of Adjectives Danglers and Misplacements The Supposedly Dangling Infinitive Gerunds and the Possessive Case Ending Sentences with Prepositions The Cases of Pronouns Sentences and Fragments Beginning Sentences with conjunctions Run-on Sentences Punctuation The Exclamation Mark ! The Semi-Colon ; The Colon : The Hyphen - The Dashes -, - Parentheses ( ) Square Brackets [ ] The Apostrophe ' Quotation Marks " The Ellipsis ... Italics Publications Other Uses for Italics Capitalization Numerals Part V: Style Redundancy Filler Overblown Language How to Use a Thesaurus Biased or Insulting Language Worries and Motives A Rough Guide to Objectionable Language Replacement Other Problems The Workaround Euphemisms Your Words Jargon, Good and Evil Good Jargon Evil Jargon Excessive Abstraction Metaphors And Similes Mixed Metaphors Parallel Constructions Part VI: Overall Form; The Writing Process Short and Long Sentences Greening Planning Overall Structure Overall Organization Signposting Paragraphing Footnotes Quoting and Citing Authorities When to Footnote Plagiarism Part VII: Source Material And Citation How to Insert Source Material Summarizing and Paraphrasing Quoting Directly Signal Phrases MLA Style About In-Text Citations About Works Cited Chicago Style About Chicago Style APA Style About In-Text Citations About References

About the Author

Robert M. Martin is Professor of Philosophy (retired) at Dalhousie University and author of many books, including Philosophical Conversations and the best-seller There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book.

EAN: 9781554813919
ISBN: 1554813913
Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 centimetres
Age Range: 15+ years
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