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The newest member of the Little, Brown family of handbooks, LB Brief offers a mid-sized, spiral-bound reference at an affordable price. Like its relatives, LB Brief provides students of varying skills and interests with clear, reliable, and accessible advice on the writing process, critical thinking and argument, writing with computers, grammar and usage, research writing, source documentation, and more. Nine sample student essays, hundreds of clear examples from across the curriculum, and exercises in connected discourse give students models to emulate and opportunities for practice. Unique reference aids including frequently asked questions, "Key Terms" boxes, an accessible organization, and minimal terminology help students find what they need and then use what they find.
Table of Contents
I. WRITING PROCESS.
1. The Writing Situation. Analysis. Subject. Audience. Purpose.
22. Forms. Sing/sang/sung and other irregular verbs. Sit/set; lie/lay; rise/raise. -s and -ed forms. Be, have, and other helping verbs. Verb + gerund or infinitive: stop eating vs. stop to eat ESL. Verb + particle: look up, look over, etc. ESL.
23. Tenses. Present tense: sing. Perfect tenses: have/had/will have sung. Progressive tenses: is/was/will be singing. Consistency. Sequence.
24. Mood. Subjunctive: I wish I were. Consistency.
25. Voice. Active vs. passive. Consistency.
26. Subject-Verb Agreement. -s and -es endings. Intervening words. Subjects with and. Subjects with or or nor. Everyone and other indefinite pronouns. Team and other collective nouns. Who, which, that. News and other singular nouns ending in -s. Inverted word order. Is, are, and other linking verbs. Titles, etc.
27. Case. She and I vs. her and me. It was she vs. It was her. Who vs. whom. Other constructions.
28. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Antecedents with and. Antecedents with or or nor. Everyone, person, and other indefinite words. Team and other collective nouns.
29. Pronoun Reference. Clear reference. Close reference. Specific reference. Consistency.
30. Adjectives and Adverbs. Adjective vs. adverb. Adjective with linking verb: felt bad. Bigger, most talented, and other comparisons. Double negatives. Present and past participles: boring vs. bored/D ESL. A, an, the, and other determiners ESL.
31. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Misplaced modifiers. Dangling modifiers.