Grammar by Diagram – Third Edition
  • Print Publication Date: May 31, 2022
  • eBook Publication Date: January 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554814534 / 1554814537
  • 500 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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Grammar by Diagram – Third Edition

  • Print Publication Date: May 31, 2022
  • eBook Publication Date: January 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554814534 / 1554814537
  • 500 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

Using sentence diagraming, Grammar by Diagram explains how ten basic sentence patterns can be expanded into more complex sentences, and how verbals can provide further versatility. The third edition includes more exercises at the foundational level, and also more focus on how to arrange and combine sentences for maximum effect. This edition also includes a new initial chapter on “preliminaries” to define a few basic but overarching concepts and a separate chapter on pronouns.

Comments

“Grammar for English majors is as important as mathematics for Physics majors; it is the invisible structure that determines how language works. Unlike math, however, almost everyone learns to speak a language well without studying it in school. Grammar is an unconscious logical structure we know without knowing it. Cindy Vitto’s Grammar by Diagram makes it conscious and comprehensible, and will improve students’ writing and analytical skills, no matter their majors.” — Gordon Sayre, University of Oregon

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1 Preliminaries

Chapter 2 The Eight Parts of Speech: Building a Sentence with Noun or Pronoun + Verb

Chapter 3 The Eight Parts of Speech—Adding Information and Connections: Adjective, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction, Interjection

Chapter 4 Basic Sentence Patterns for Be and Linking Verbs

Chapter 5 Basic Sentence Patterns for Intransitive and Transitive Verbs

Chapter 6 Combining and Expanding Patterns: Compound Structures

Chapter 7 Combining and Expanding Patterns: Complex Sentences with Adverb and Relative Clauses

Chapter 8 Combining and Expanding Patterns: Complex Sentences with Noun Clauses

Chapter 9 Verbals

Chapter 10 Crafting Better Sentences

Chapter 11 Verbs

Chapter 12 Pronouns

Chapter 13 Usage Problems Associated with Adjectives and Adverbs

Chapter 14 Punctuation and Capitalization

Appendix 1 Summary of Clauses and Verbals

Appendix 2 Diagraming Summary

Appendix 3 Verb Conjugations (See and Be)

Appendix 4 The Least You Should Know about Punctuation and Usage

Answer Key

Index

Cindy L. Vitto is Professor of English at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.

Features of the third edition:

  • • Rather than interweaving descriptive and prescriptive chapters and information, the third edition keeps them separate.
  • • Includes more exercises at the foundational level (for example, more attention to recognizing parts of speech) and also more focus on how to arrange and combine sentences for maximum effect.
  • • Includes an initial chapter on “preliminaries” to define a few basic but overarching concepts and a separate chapter on pronouns, which have undergone dramatic shifts since the second edition of this text.