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Writing Wrongs: Common Errors in English

by Robert Martin Broadview Press
Pub Date:
01/2018
ISBN:
9781554813919
Format:
Pbk 352 pages
Price:
AU$34.99 NZ$36.51
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Writing Wrongs is a concise and thoughtful guide to common errors in English. It covers frequently confused and misused words along with problems of grammar, punctuation, and style, and offers a brief and up-to-date guide to major citation styles. Though it provides guidelines and recommendations for usage, Writing Wrongs acknowledges the evolution of language over time and the fact that different contexts have different rules—it is not narrowly prescriptive. A friendly, flexible, and easy-to-read reference, Writing Wrongs will be useful to students and general readers alike.


 

FOREWORD


PART I: WAIT! STOP! MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS!


How to Use This Book


PART II: HOW AND WHY


What's going on?


Why?


What Makes for Acceptability?


Sticklers


A Surprising Note on Rules


One Last Word


PART III: WORDS


Meanings, Uses, and Idioms: a Dictionary


Singular and Plural


Plurals not Made With -S


Singular or Plural?


Words Borrowed from Other Languages


Compound Terms


Abbreviations and Acronyms


Mass Nouns and Count Nouns


Irregular Verbs


Homophones or Nearly


Mondegreens and Eggcorns


Pronunciations and Mis-


Annoying Speech Mannerisms


PART IV: GRAMMAR


Verb Forms


The Continuous Tenses


The Perfect Tenses


The Subjunctive


Sequence of Tenses in Indirect Speech


Active and Passive Voice


Subject-Verb Agreement


Collective Nouns


Other Agreement Problems


Split Infinitives


Like vs. As.


The Order of Adjectives


Danglers and Misplacements


The Supposedly Dangling Infinitive


Gerunds and the Possessive Case


Ending Sentences with Prepositions


The Cases of Pronouns


Sentences and Fragments


Beginning Sentences with conjunctions


Run-on Sentences


Punctuation


The Exclamation Mark       !


The Semi-Colon       ;


The Colon   :


The Hyphen      -


The Dashes – , —


Parentheses     ( )


Square Brackets      [ ]


The Apostrophe         '


Quotation Marks     "


The Ellipsis   ...


Italics


Publications


Other Uses for Italics


Capitalization


Numerals


PART V:  STYLE


Redundancy


Filler


Overblown Language


How to Use a Thesaurus


Biased or Insulting Language


Worries and Motives


A Rough Guide to Objectionable Language


Replacement


Other Problems


The Workaround


Euphemisms


Your Words


Jargon, Good and Evil


Good Jargon


Evil Jargon


Excessive Abstraction


Metaphors and Similes


Mixed Metaphors


Parallel Constructions


PART VI:  OVERALL FORM; THE WRITING PROCESS


Short and Long Sentences


Greening


Planning Overall Structure


Overall Organization


Signposting


Paragraphing


Footnotes


Quoting and Citing Authorities


When to Footnote


Plagiarism


PART VII: SOURCE MATERIAL AND CITATION


How to Insert Source Material


Summarizing and Paraphrasing


Quoting Directly


Signal Phrases


MLA Style


About In-Text Citations


About Works Cited


Chicago Style


About Chicago Style


APA Style


About In-Text Citations


About References


 

Finally, a book designed the way I teach. It doesn't need to be taught page by page or chapter by chapter. You use what you need when you need it. Robert M. Martin uses clear examples to make points with a light conversational style and, at times, a hint of satire. Readers are not just given rules; they are given full explanations about how those rules have changed and are changing. That level of detail is unique. After all, sometimes you just need to know the rule; but sometimes you also need to know why.GÇ¥ ' Kirk Layton, Mount Royal University


 


 


 


GÇ£Informative, refreshingly honest, and often genuinely humorous, Martin's Writing Wrongs is a comprehensive guide to writing that will serve teachers and students of composition well. While Martin's book covers many standard topics featured in most textbooks on this subject (grammar, the writing process, documentation), its strength derives from its focus on the less-discussed and trickier issue of the style of good prose, and from its open acknowledgement that 'the rules' of good writing are contingent on context and the subject of constant, ongoing negotiation. Eschewing dogma and embracing a conversational tone, Writing Wrongs manages to entertain while teaching its readers the ins and outs of a skill set with which many students'especially early-career undergraduates'routinely struggle.GÇ¥ ' Morgan Rooney, Carleton University


 


 
Robert M. Martin is Professor of Philosophy (retired) at Dalhousie University and author of many books, including Philosophical Conversations and the best-seller There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book.