Preface Grammar terminology Parts of speech Sentence roles ch. 1. Case Nouns Pronouns Your and You're ; it and it's ; whose and who's Who and whom Reflexive pronouns Case before gerunds Quiz on case Answers to quiz ch. 2. Agreement Subject-verb agreement Subjects vs. other nouns Vague subjects Unusual noun forms Mass nouns Two nouns in subject position Noun-pronoun agreement Clear nouns hazy memories Singular generic words avoidance of double pronouns Singular nouns representing groups distracted focus Common mass nouns Quiz on agreement Answers to quiz ch. 3. Verb tense and usage Present Present perfect Past perfect Confusing verbs Troublesome irregular verbs Regular verbs with irregular requirements Frequently misspelled verbs Quiz on tense and usage Answers to quiz ch. 4. Verb mood Indicative mood Imperative mood Subjunctive mood As if and as though If Wish Quiz on mood Answers to quiz ch. 5. Modifiers Compound adjectives Adjective phrases Phrases beginning with as Phrases containing verbals Adjective clauses Modifier forms Only Quiz on modifiers Answers to quiz ch. 6. Connectives Prepositions Like I said Considered as Different than Fascinated but afraid of Something else about which to talk Look forward to see, committed to keep, prone to forget, on my way to buy Conjunctions Coordinating conjunctions Subordinating conjunctions Correlative conjunctions conjunctive adverbs Connectives leading to examples or explanations Punctuation Usage Confusing pairs If vs. whether Then vs. than Redundancies Etc. after such as Nor in the same clause as no or not The reason why is because Quiz on connectives Answers to quiz ch. 7. Punctuation Commas Separating items in a series of three or more Surrounding an interruption Ending an introduction Beginning an afterthought or final qualifier Semicolons Joining two closely related complete thoughts Separating items in a series when the items contain commas or are unusually long Colons Dashes Surrounding an interruption Leading to an afterthought Introducing a specific explanation Hyphens Parentheses Double quotation marks Surrounding words spoken or written by someone else Surrounding words used as terms Surrounding words used sarcastically Surrounding titles of chapters or articles Single quotation marks Apostrophes Representing a missing letter within a contraction Making a noun possessive Making an abbreviation, a letter, or a numeral plural Ellipses Brackets Slashes Question marks Exclamation points Periods Quiz on punctuation Answer to quiz Index.
This is a focused, respectful, entertaining guide to getting sentences into good shape. Bell describes grammar and usage problems in ways that make immediate sense and explains precisely what punctuation marks will and won't do.