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By Larry Beason, Mark Lester

ISBN-10: 0312697791

ISBN-13: 9780312697792

A common-sense advisor to Grammar and utilization is simply what its identify indicates: an easy, student-friendly grammar consultant. The text’s modular classes holiday down complicated grammatical ideas with plain-language causes, convenient guidance, and visible examples that convey — instead of simply inform — scholars how you can realize, right, and learn how to steer clear of error in grammar. With enormous quantities of routines within the e-book and millions extra on hand on-line at no cost at workout imperative, scholars get abundant perform discovering and solving error of their writing. The textual content additionally contains writing assurance and short documentation publications for MLA and APA, making it an invaluable reference for various university classes.

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A. The bigger keys end at Key West. b. Key West is the westernmost of the bigger keys. (renamer) 2. a. The road to Key West is a series of bridges. b. The bridges span from key to key. (-ing expression) 3. a. The bridges were built on a previously existing causeway. b. The causeway is the remains of an abandoned railway line. indd 27 8/29/11 10:41 AM Lesson 1 frag 28 Unit One: Understanding the Basic Sentence 4. a. Building the railway line was a huge task. There are many hurricanes that strike the keys.

2. Henry picked up the phone and called for a taxi. Obviously, both sentences mean the same thing. However, the first version is a compound sentence. The second version is not a compound sentence because called for a taxi is not an independent clause — ​it has no subject. No­ tice also the difference in punctuation. Version 1 has a comma before the coordinating conjunction and; version 2 has no comma. indd 14 8/29/11 10:41 AM Grammar without Tears 15 dent clauses. The and in version 2 does not join two independent clauses, so putting a comma after it would be grammatically incorrect.

Now ask: Can BOTH parts stand alone as complete sentences? If so, then the sentence might be a run-on. Lesson 2 run-on Here is the Imaginary Period Tip applied to the fused sentence and the comma splice from the beginning of the lesson: Example 1: 7 I have a test on Thursday it should not be difficult. IDEA #1 IDEA #2 Tip applied: I have a test on Thursday. It should not be difficult. A period added between the separate ideas creates two sentences. Example 2: 7 The student-government election is this week, I have no idea who is running.

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