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Ebook: Writing Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day


1. Introduction:

This fully updated reference provides a step-by-step guide to improve writing skills with quick, but thorough lessons that anyone can fit into a busy schedule. A pre-test and post-test are included, along with access for free online exercises and scoring.

2. Content - S? l??c:


LESSON 1:  Capitalization 13
General rules, specific rules regarding proper nouns and adjectives

LESSON 2 :Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points 21
Ending a sentence, alternate uses for periods

LESSON 3: Avoiding Faulty Sentences 27
Sentence fragments, run-on sentences, comma splices

LESSON 4: Commas and Sentence Parts 37
Relating commas to clauses and phrases

LESSON 5: Commas That Separate 45
Independent clauses, items in a series, items in a date or address,
two or more adjectives preceding a noun, contrasting elements and words

LESSON 6: Semicolons and Colons 53
Introductions, subordinate relationships, common confusions
with punctuation

LESSON 7: Apostrophes and Dashes 61
Using apostrophes to show possession or omission; dashes to emphasize

LESSON 8 : Quotation Marks 69
Dialogue, direct quotations, other punctuation, double and
single quotation marks

LESSON 9: “Designer” Punctuation 75
Hyphens, parentheses, brackets, ellipses, diagonal slashes

LESSON 10: Verb Tense 81
Present, past, future tenses; switching tenses; subjunctive mood

LESSON 11: Using Verbs to Create Strong Writing 89
Capturing a reader’s interest; using active voice

LESSON 12: Subject-Verb Agreement 97
Matching subject and number, special singular subjects,
singular and plural pronouns, compound subjects

LESSON 13: Using Pronouns 105
Antecedents, the cases of pronouns, ambiguous pronoun references,
reflexive pronouns

LESSON 14: Problem Verbs and Pronouns 111
lie/lay, sit/set, rise/raise, its/it’s, your/you’re, whose/who’s,
and other problem pairs

LESSON 15:  Modifiers 119
Adjectives, adverbs, phrases acting as modifiers

LESSON 16: Easily Confused Word Pairs 127
Confusing words that sound similar

LESSON 17: More Easily Confused Words 133
Small but tricky words that are often used and misused; killer a’s and al’s

LESSON 18: Diction 139
Wordiness, the passive voice, redundancy, precise language,
abstract vs. concrete, clichés, jargon

LESSON 19: More Diction 147
Colloquialism, loaded language, consistent point of view,
parallelism, gender-neutral language

LESSON 20: Communicating Your Ideas 157
A piece of writing as a whole, developing ideas effectively,
focusing on the purpose of writing


APPENDIX A How to Prepare for a Test 175

Making a study plan; strategies for success on the exam

APPENDIX B Additional Resources 181

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