Essentials of College English

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9780324201505: Essentials of College English

Designed as a grammar/mechanics text, this fast-paced, economical text/workbook develops proficiency in grammar, punctuation, usage, and style. With the assistance of Dean Elizabeth Tice at the University of Phoenix, co-authors Mary Ellen Guffey and Carolyn M. Seefer have produced an accelerated refresher course guide aimed at motivated students. Essentials of College English is a no-frills grammar/mechanical review that combines value with authoritative coverage.

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A dedicated professional, Mary Ellen Guffey has taught business communication and business English topics for more than 35 years. She received a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Bowling Green State University; a master's degree from the University of Illinois; and a doctorate in business and economic education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has taught at the University of Illinois, Santa Monica College, and Los Angeles Pierce College. Now recognized as the world's leading business communication textbook author, Dr. Guffey is the founding author of three award-winning textbooks: BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRODUCT, ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION, and BUSINESS ENGLISH. Each updated book continues to lead its market and, together, these books have helped hundreds of thousands of students around the world develop language skills. Dr. Guffey serves on the review boards of the Business and Professional Communication Quarterly and the Journal of Business Communication, publications of the Association for Business Communication. She also participates in national meetings, sponsors business communication awards, and is committed to promoting excellence in business communication pedagogy and the development of student writing skills.


UNIT 1. KNOWING THE NAMERS. 1. Nouns. 2. Possessive Nouns. 3. Pronouns. UNIT 2. SHOWING THE ACTION. 4. Verbs: Fundamentals, Voices, Tenses, and Parts. 5. Verb and Subject Agreement. 6. Verbals. UNIT 3. MODIFYING AND CONNECTING WORDS. 7. Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs. 8. Prepositions. 9. Conjunctions that Join Equals. 10. Conjunctions tha Join Unequals. UNIT 4. PUNCTUATING SENTENCES. 11. Commas. 12. Semicolons and Colons. 13. Other Punctuation. UNIT 5. WRITING WITH STYLE. 14. Capitalization. 15. Numbers. 16. Effective Sentences. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Developing Spelling Skills. Appendix B. Answers to Odd-Numbered Reinforcement Exercises. Appendix C. Answers to Unit Reviews. Index.

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