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It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences
A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences
Written by June Casagrande

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences
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Category: Reference - Writing Skills; Language Arts - Composition & Creative Writing; Language Arts - Grammar
Imprint: Ten Speed Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: July 2010
Price: $14.00
Can. Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-58008-740-7 (1-58008-740-X)
Pages: 224
Also available as an eBook.



 
This new, innovative writing book from grammar columnist June Casagrande focuses on the sentence as the unit of meaning in writing, showing writing students and professional writers alike how to craft bold, effective, reader-serving sentences.

CONTENTS
Introduction The Sentence: The Writer’s Most Important Tool
Ch. 1  Who Cares? Making Sentences Meaningful to Your Reader
Ch. 2 Conjunctions That Kill: Subordination
Ch. 3 Movable Objects: Understanding Phrases and Clauses
Ch. 4 Size Matters: Short versus Long Sentences
Ch. 5  Words Gone Wild: Sentences That Say Nothing–or Worse
Ch. 6 Words Gone Mild: Choosing Specific Words Over Vague Ones
Ch. 7 A Frequently Overstated Case: The Truth About Adverbs
Ch. 8 Are Your Relatives Essential? Relative Clauses
Ch. 9 Antique Desk Suitable for Lady with Thick Legs and Large Drawers: Prepositional Phrases 
Ch. 10 Dangler Danger: Participles and Other Danglers
Ch. 11 The Writing Was Ignored by the Reader: Passives
Ch. 12 You Will Have Been Conjugating: Other Matters of Tense 
Ch. 13 The Being and the Doing Are the Killing of Your Writing: Nominalizations
Ch. 14 The The: Not-So-Definite Definite Articles
Ch. 15 The Writer and His Father Lamented His Ineptitude: Unclear Antecedents 
Ch. 16 To Know Them Is to Hating Them: Faulty and Funky Parallels
Ch. 17 Taking the Punk Out of Punctuation: The Problem with Semicolons and Parentheses
Ch. 18 You Don’t Say: Descriptive Quotation Attributions
Ch. 19 Trimming the Fat: Expressions That Weigh Down Your Sentences
Ch. 20 The Major Overhaul: Streamlining Even the Most Problematic Sentences
Ch. 21 On Breaking the “Rules”: Knowing When to Can the Canons
Appendix 1 Grammar for Writers
Appendix 2 Punctuation Basics for Writers
Appendix 3 The Deadliest Catches: The Most Incriminating Errors and How to Avoid Them
Index



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Visit June Casagrande's blog: Conjugate Visits



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
JUNE CASAGRANDE is a journalist and editor who writes the weekly syndicated grammar column “A Word, Please.” The author of Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies and Mortal Syntax, June has studied improvisational comedy with renowned troupes the Groundlings and ComedySportz. She also teaches copyediting.





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