Grammar and Style
The Sense of Style
The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Paperback ISBN: 0143127799
"A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker. Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do thekids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the 21st century, Pinker doesn't carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow,and an ability to savor and reverse-engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right"--
Italian Pronouns and Prepositions
Paperback ISBN: 0071753826
Based on the successful approach of the Practice Makes Perfect series, Italian Pronouns and Prepositions offers a clear and engaging presentation of all aspects of pronoun and preposition usage, combined with extensive practice, for beginning and intermediate language learners. This new edition features a new review chapter that allows learners to pull together the grammar skills they’ve acquired. About the Book This new edition in the successful Practice Makes Perfect series, Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Pronouns and Prepositions offers a detailed examination of these two essential aspects of grammar, which language learners need to master to communicate with confidence. Learners of a foreign language often have difficulty with these areas because the usage of pronouns or prepositions rarely translates directly from English to the new language. Thus, language learners need much more practice in the areas of pronoun and preposition usage than is provided in general grammar books. This book provides clear explanations of the usage of pronouns and prepositions, followed by practical examples illustrating and clarifying each point. Extensive and varied exercises provide ample opportunity to practice. Answers to all questions are provided at the back of the book, providing immediate feedback. The new edition features a brand-new review chapter that allows learners to pull together the grammar skills they’ve acquired throughout the book. Key Selling Features - New edition features a brand-new review chapter - Details all aspects of pronoun and preposition usage - Clarifies the subtleties of pronouns and prepositions that often escape language learners - Highly varied and extensive exercises for practice - Practical and high-frequency vocabulary used throughout - Answer key provided for reference and quick feedback - Combines the best elements of instruction and practice so readers find all they need in one book.
Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies
A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite
Paperback ISBN: 0143036831
A hilarious compilation of witty anecdotes and trenchant essays on the mysteries of grammar and punctuation takes a poke at self-appointed language experts as it discusses such topics as predicate nominatives, colons and semicolons, quotation marks, prepositions, hyphens, and more. Original.
Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions
Paperback ISBN: 0844273112
Part of the "Practice Makes Perfect" series, this title treats Spanish pronouns and prepositions systematically in a worktext format. Containing user-friendly explanations with varied practice, it helps students develop their knowledge of how and why pronouns and prepositions are used.
Teach Yourself Spanish Verbs
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 0071420029
Master the verbs of a new language without intimidating textbooks or confusing charts Learning verbs and remembering their correct usage is a daunting task for anyone studying a new language. The experts at Teach Yourself have developed the Teach Yourself Verbs series to deal with this perplexing yet necessary part of language learning. Perfect for students at any level of experience, the Teach Yourself Verbs series will increase their knowledge and proficiency and give their language confidence the boost it needs. Each book contains: - Helpful hints on learning verb forms - Explanation of various tenses and their useage - Verb categories, their patterns, and their conjugations - Full coverage of the main tenses for frequently used verbs, arranged alphabetically for quick and easy reference - Examples of the verbs in everyday use, with colloquial expressions and keywords based on the verbs - A glossary of verbs with details of the patterns they follow
The Oxford Style Manual
Hardcover ISBN: 0198605641
Two classics are combined in this single reference intended for students, scholars, publishers, and anyone concerned with the rules for handling abbreviations, capitalization, punctuation, scientific and mathematical symbols, quotations, illustrations, tables, notes, indexes, and foreign languages. One is The Oxford Guide to Style, which is the revised and enlarged edition of Horace Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press, Oxford ; known as Hart's Rules , it has seen 39 editions since its first publication in 1893. The other classic is the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors an expanded and updated edition of the 1981 original (which was itself successor to 11 editions of the Authors' and Printers' Dictionary first published in 1905). Editor R.M. Ritter has brought information up to date; US usage and spelling are clearly indicated when they differ from the British. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog
The Quirky History And Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
Hardcover ISBN: 1933633107
Once wildly popular in grammar schools across the country, sentence diagramming has fallen out of fashion. But are we that much worse for not knowing the word-mapping method? Now, in this illustrated personal history that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming, including its invention by a mustachioed man named Brainerd “Brainy” Kellogg and his wealthy accomplice Alonzo Reed ... the inferior “balloon diagram” predecessor ... and what diagrams of sentences by Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and other famous writers reveal about them. Florey also offers up her own common-sense approach to learning and using good grammar. And she answers some of literature’s most pressing questions: Was Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper a better grammarian? What are the silliest grammar rules? And what’s Gertude Stein got to do with any of it?
Paperback ISBN: 0071456600
Valuable portable guides packed with essential foreign words and phrases This fresh new series from the language experts at Teach Yourself is just what on-the-go students, businesspeople, and travelers have been looking for. Beginning with an easy-to-read pronunciation guide, each full-color phrase book features all the phrases and sentences readers need to communicate effectively and accurately while abroad. Each Teach Yourself Phrasebook: - Covers all must-know vocabulary and phrases for typical situations, from making reservations and getting around to shopping and obtaining medical help - Includes color-coded bands for quick access to the required topic - Provides easy-to-read transliterations to help travelers with pronunciation, as well as useful travel tips - Includes “expressions you will hear”sections and a 1,000-word dictionary - Offers an appendix with abbreviations, national holidays, distances between cities, conversion tables, embassies and consultates, useful phone numbers, and common signs and notices