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Table of Contents

  • 1: Foreword
  • 2: Why learn the rules?
  • 3: Spoken and written language
  • 4: English around the world
  • 5: Grammar
      • 1: The purpose of grammar
    • 2: Parts of speech
    • 3: Nouns
    • 4: Plurals
    • 5: Adjectives
    • 6: Comparatives and superlatives
    • 7: Articles
    • 8: Determiners
    • 9: Pronouns
    • 10: Number and gender
    • 11: Verbs
    • 12: Adverbs
    • 13: Simple tenses
    • 14: Perfect and continuous tenses
    • 15: Participles
    • 16: Auxiliary verbs
    • 17: Irregular verbs
    • 18: Verb agreement
    • 19: Voices and moods
    • 20: Phrasal verbs
    • 21: Conjunctions
    • 22: Prepositions
    • 23: Interjections
    • 24: Phrases
    • 25: Clauses
    • 26: Sentences
    • 27: Compound sentences
    • 28: Complex sentences
    • 29: Using clauses correctly
    • 30: Managing modifiers
    • 31: Commonly misused words
    • 32: Negatives
    • 33: Relative clauses
    • 34: Idioms, analogies and figures of speech
    • 35: Colloquialisms and slang
    • 36: Direct and indirect speech
  • 6: Punctuation
    • 1: What is punctuation?
    • 2: Full stops and ellipses
    • 3: Commas
    • 4: Other uses of commas
    • 5: Semi-colons
    • 6: Colons
    • 7: Apostrophes
    • 8: Hyphens
    • 9: Inverted commas
    • 10: Question marks
    • 11: Exclamation marks
    • 12: Brackets and dashes
    • 13: Bullet points
    • 14: Numbers, dates and time
    • 15: Other punctuation
    • 16: Italics
  • 7: Spelling
    • 1: Why learn to spell?
    • 2: Alphabetical order
    • 3: Vowel sounds
    • 4: Consonant sounds
    • 5: Syllables
    • 6: Morphemes
    • 7: Understanding English irregularities
    • 8: Roots
    • 9: Prefixes and suffixes
    • 10: Hard and soft letter sounds
    • 11: Words ending in -e or -y
    • 12: Words ending in -tion, -sion or -ssion
    • 13: Words ending in -able or -ible
    • 14: Words ending in -le, -el, -al or -ol
    • 15: Single and double consonant words
    • 16: The "i before e except after c" rule
    • 17: Capital letters
    • 18: Silent letters
    • 19: Compound words
    • 20: Irregular word spellings
    • 21: Homonyms, homophones and homographs
    • 22: Confusing words
    • 23: Other confusing words
    • 24: Abbreviations
    • 25: British and American spellings
    • 26: More British and American spellings
  • 8: Communication skills
    • 1: Effective communication
    • 2: Picking the right words
    • 3: Making sentences interesting
    • 4: Planning and research
    • 5: Paragraphing
    • 6: Genre, purpose and audience
    • 7: Reading and commenting on texts
    • 8: Layout and presentational features
    • 9: Writing to inform
    • 10: Newspaper articles
    • 11: Letters and e-mails
    • 12: Writing to influence
    • 13: Writing to explain or advise
    • 14: Writing to analyse or review
    • 15: Writing to describe
    • 16: Writing from personal experience
    • 17: Writing a narrative
    • 18: Writing for the Web
    • 19: Writing a script
    • 20: Re-creations
    • 21: Checking and editing
    • 22: The spoken word
    • 23: Debates and role plays
    • 24: Writing a speech
    • 25: Presentation skills
  • 8: Reference
    • 1: Reference - Grammar
    • 2: Reference - Punctuation
    • 3: Reference - Spelling
    • 4: Reference - Communication skills
    • 5: Glossary
    • 6: Index
    • 7: Acknowledgements

About the Author

Carol Vorderman is one of Britain's best known and loved TV personalities. She feels passionately about the value of education, and joined forces with Dorling Kindersley in 1999 to become DK's Education Champion, working with DK to produce this bestselling Made Easy series in Maths, English, and Science.Carol has a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, and first became known for performing speedy calculations on television. She is committed to popularising and communicating about maths and science, and writes on these subjects for national newspapers. Carol appears regularly on maths and science television programmes on Channel 4, ITV, and the BBC. She is currently leading a Maths Task-Force for the Conservative Party, investigating how to improve maths teaching in British state schools.

Reviews

The queen of numbers has turned her attention to words. Combining colourful diagrams and illustrations with step-by-step instructions, this makes English easier to fathom. -- Natasha Harding * The Sun *

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