Grammar: A Friendly Approach

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What is the subject?
6.1 Barbara's favourite subject • 6.2 Questions about subjects of sentences • 6.3 Simple and compound subjects • 6.4 When subjects move around • 6.5 Subject closed • 6.6 Comments on questions • 6.7 Conclusion: advice about sentences and subjects
Who or what is doing things?
Who or what is having things done to them?

Barbara is amazed at how much discussions about grammar seem to be relevant for her personal life. She has put the guy, Mark, from last semester into the past tense. She thinks perhaps she needs to be more active rather than

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Figures xi
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • 2: Bad Language 8
  • 3: Mangling and Dangling Participles 20
  • 4: Getting Tense with Verbs 28
  • 5: Active and Passive Voices 41
  • 6: What is the Subject? 48
  • 7: The Complete Sentence 55
  • 8: Relationships and Relatives 75
  • 9: How to Be Offensive with Punctuation 88
  • 10: Possessive Apostrophes and Missing Letters 103
  • 11: Checking the Checker 117
  • 12: Finale 126
  • Appendix 1: More Details on Parts of Speech 141
  • Appendix 2: More Details on Clauses 149
  • Appendix 3: Warning Signs 152
  • Bibliography 154
  • Index 156
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