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  • Spiral-bound: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education; 1 edition (14 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131500902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131500907
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Click here to read a review of this book.  The review was written by Julie Vorholt-Alcorn of Portland State University (OR).

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From grammar and punctuation to the creation of essays and business letters, The Essentials of English: A Writer's Handbook is a must-have reference tool for today's writer. As easy to use as a dictionary, this handbook is designed specifically for non-native English speakers:

  • Pays extra attention to articles, phrasal verbs, subordinate clauses, and other commonly troublesome items.
  • Uses everyday language and simple sentence structure in both explanations and examples.
  • Examples reflect topics of multicultural interest.
  • Includes reference lists especially helpful to non-native speakers.
Each part focuses on a single topic, building from sentence structure and mechanics to writing, revising, and proper formatting. Students also learn how to write a research paper in the MLA and APA styles. Practice exercises provide immediate application, and "Special Tips" throughout indicate common errors, explain confusing points, and offer helpful hints. The Essentials of English includes eight parts, an answer key, and an index:
  • The Basics
  • Clear Sentences
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Mechanics
  • Writing and Revising
  • Formats
  • Research Papers
  • Reference Lists
Exercises to Accompany The Essentials of English provides additional practice related to the writing process, sentence structure, grammar, pronunciation, and more.

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By noemia colonna on 18 Oct. 2013
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I Just love this book. It is very helpful on my academic writings and grammar studies at Uni. I really recommend it
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Amazon.com: 23 reviews
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An excellent and thorough writer's handbook 30 Nov. 2009
By Wayne G. Gifford - Published on Amazon.com
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I am taking a writing course, so I was encouraged by my instructor to purchase a writer's handbook. I have looked over a few, but most were either MLA or APA format but not both. The Essentials of English Writer's Handbook gives both formats as well as a comprehensive index of everything a writer would need to write outstanding essays.
Nice book 12 Oct. 2010
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
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I've bought this book because I'm taking a Writing course and my teacher has required it. It seems to be a very good book, with a very diversified content and good "Special Tips" boxes, which have very good explanations and observations. I'm very happy with my purchase, even though I think it should have more practice exercises, I recommend "The Essentials of English" for those who want to learn more about English writing.
Five Stars 13 July 2014
By sherly chery - Published on Amazon.com
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It is useful! 23 April 2014
By Elaine - Published on Amazon.com
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The book looks like new. And I love it! It is useful to ESL study and the people who want to write the pretty essay.
I love it 3 Mar. 2014
By fahad al hajri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Thank you! This book is amazing and helped me so so much! And the condition is excellent!
Again, thank you!
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