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Improve Your Grammar (2nd Edition)

The Essential Guide to Accurate Writing

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Macmillan Study Skills

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Featuring clear and comprehensive guidance on the nuts and bolts of grammar, this concise volume will help students to break their bad habits and tackle written assignments with confidence. It enables students to improve...

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Featuring clear and comprehensive guidance on the nuts and bolts of grammar, this concise volume will help students to break their bad habits and tackle written assignments with confidence. It enables students to improve their overall performance by addressing common problems, such as spelling and punctuation errors and sentence structure, in an accessible way.

Each unit is presented on a double-page spread, making it easy for users to flick through the book and quickly find the unit they need. Units provide clear, jargon-free explanations of key topics and contain focused exercises for students to complete.

This is an essential resource for students of all disciplines looking to improve their grammar. It can be used on teacher-led modules or as a self-study workbook. 

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  • Contains over sixty bite-size chapters covering all the key areas students need to master, including tenses, connectives and punctuation and academic style
  • Gives examples of common errors and shows students how to correct them
  • Provides top tips and clear advice at every step
  • Includes focused exercises on each topic, with all answers provided at the back of the book




  • Revised and updated throughout, making it even easier for students to identify and correct their mistakes
  • New material includes a double-page spread on key grammatical terms in context and one on avoiding common grammatical mistakes in CVs and covering letters


Introduction
How to use this book
KEY TERMS
Unit 1: Parts of speech
Unit 2: Parts of a sentence
KEY GRAMMAR
Unit 3: Singular or plural subjects and verbs
Unit 4: Correct tense formation
Unit 5: Using more than one verb tense
Unit 6: Modal verbs
Unit 7: Using the passive
Unit 8: Direct and indirect questions
Unit 9: Conditionals (If...)
Unit 10: Time words and phrases
Unit 11: Emphasising
Unit 12: Negative words and phrases
Unit 13: Gerunds and infinitives
Unit 14: Articles: a/an, the
Unit 15: Relative clauses: who, which, that, etc.
Unit 16: Comparing and contrasting
Unit 17: Describing similarities and differences
Unit 18: Using noun phrases
KEY PUNCTUATION
Unit 19: Commas (1): correct uses
Unit 20: Commas (2): incorrect uses
Unit 21: Colons and semicolons
Unit 22: Hyphens, dashes and brackets
Unit 23: Apostrophes
Unit 24: Inverted commas
Unit 25: Capital letters
CONNECTIONS WITHIN SENTENCES
Unit 26: Linking: contrasting
Unit 27: Linking: adding
Unit 28: Linking: causes
Unit 29: Linking: results
Unit 30: Signposting
Unit 31: Using pronouns correctly
Unit 32:Avoiding repetition of words
PRODUCING GOOD SENTENCES
Unit 33: Parallel structures.-  Unit 34: Participles
Unit 35: Incomplete sentences
Unit 36: Avoiding long and disorganised sentences
Unit 37: Avoiding too many short sentences
Unit 38: Building successful long sentences
FEATURES OF WRITING
Unit 39: Generalising
Unit 40: Qualifying a statement
Unit 41: Giving a definition
Unit 42: Introducing an example
Unit 43: Citing
Unit 44: Paraphrasing
Unit 45: Incorporating data
Unit 46: Formal language (1)
Unit 47: Formal language (2)
Unit 48: The language of argument
USING THE RIGHT WORDS
Unit 49: Adverbs
Unit 50: Using prepositions (1)
Unit 51: Using prepositions (2)
Unit 52: Creating longer words
Unit 53: Using single words for impact
Unit 54: Using phrasal verbs
Unit 55: Commonly misused words
Unit 56: Commonly confused words - homonyms
Unit 57: Key spelling rules
Unit 58: Common spelling mistakes
Unit 59: Writing an email to your tutor
Unit 60: Covering letters and CVs
Key
Index.

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Mark Harrison has been an ELT author for 20 years. He has written a range of titles mainly in the areas of grammar and testing. In the grammar field he has authored or co-authored titles in the Oxford Living Grammar, Grammar Spectrum and Oxford Practice Grammar series for OUP. He has also written numerous practice tests books for the Cambridge ESOL exams and a Use of English Skills book, for OUP and Macmillan. In recent years, he has also worked extensively on the Macmillan English Campus, writing and devising online materials, as well as writing other online and CD-ROM materials.

Vanessa Jakeman has co-ordinated English Language and EAP programmes and worked extensively in the field of English Language...

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Mark Harrison has been an ELT author for 20 years. He has written a range of titles mainly in the areas of grammar and testing. In the grammar field he has authored or co-authored titles in the Oxford Living Grammar, Grammar Spectrum and Oxford Practice Grammar series for OUP. He has also written numerous practice tests books for the Cambridge ESOL exams and a Use of English Skills book, for OUP and Macmillan. In recent years, he has also worked extensively on the Macmillan English Campus, writing and devising online materials, as well as writing other online and CD-ROM materials.

Vanessa Jakeman has co-ordinated English Language and EAP programmes and worked extensively in the field of English Language Testing, in the UK and overseas. She has a range of jointly-authored ELT publications which comprise Cambridge ESOL Practice Test books and course books for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Ken Paterson is currently a freelance writer, having finished a twenty-year career at the University of Westminster, UK, as Director of the Centre for English Learning and Teaching. Ken has been involved in pedagogical grammar since the early 1990s, writing a number of grammar practice books for Oxford University Press and DELTA.

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