- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Goodwill Publishing House (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8172452454
- ISBN-13: 978-8172452452
- Package Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.4 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writing Skills: Success in 20 Minutes a Day Paperback – 1 Mar 2013
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In this book they have given 20 lessons with illustrations(examples) to learn writing skills without using much efforts, and they have given "Writing skills Pretest(before starting the lessons) and Post Test(after ending the lessons)" for assuming(know) our capability. The lessons are mentioned here under.
In this lesson we can learn about capitalization rules such as a. General Rules and b. Specific rules.
2. Periods, Question Marks and Exclamation Points:
They explain in this lesson about when we have to use Punctuation Marks such as Periods(full stop), Question marks and Exclamation Points.
3. Avoding Faulty Sentences:
After learning this lesson we can capable to distinguish(to know difference) between Complete sentence and Faulty sentences.
4. Commas and Sentence Parts:
This lesson helps to us to learn when we have to use commas in relationship to sentence parts.
5. Commas that separate:
Also In this lesson, they explain about usage of Commas at different situations(Separation of Sentences).
6. Semicolons and Colons:
After reading this lesson, we are able to learn when and how to use Semicolons and Colons .
7. Apostrophes and Dashes:
Here, the author explains about most commonly misused punctuation marks such as Apostrophes and Dashes.
8. Quotation Marks:
This lesson covers rules regarding the use of Quotation marks, both double and single.
9. "Designer" Punctuation:
In this lesson they explain regarding the punctuation marks such as "Hyphens and Parentheses(means brackets).
10. Verb Tense:
In this lesson we can learn some of the most common errors with verbs.
11. Using Verbs to create Strong Writing:
Here, the author explains you how to use verbs to capture readers interest.
12. Subject - Verb Agreement:
One of the most important skill i.e., Subject-Verb Agreement about which we can learn in this lesson means, Subject should agree with verb in number while we use it in sentence.
13. Using Pronouns:
By this lesson, we will learn how to avoid most common "Pronoun errors".
14. Problem Verbs and Pronouns:
This lesson shows you how to avoid problems with some pairs of verbs and Pronouns.
Ex: 1. Sit/Set 2. Lie/Lay - Verb Pairs.
3. Your/You're 4. There/Their/They're - Pronoun Pairs.
This lesson shows you how to avoid common problems with "Adjectives and Adverbs".
Ex: Fewer/Less - Adjectives.
When we have to use "Fewer" Adjective and "Less" Adjective.
Also in this lesson, they explain to identify Adjectives easily i.e., Generally, Adjectives answer one of three questions about another word in the sentence, these are
1. Which one? 2. What Kind ? 3. How Many?
Like the above, Adverbs give answers for the following questions.
1. Where? 2. When? 3. How ? 4. To What Extent?
16. Easily Confused Word Pairs:
This lesson reviews the words that are often confused with other words and show you when to use them.
Ex: 1. To/Two/too 2. Brake/Break etc.,
17. More Easily Confused Words:
We can learn through this lesson More easily confused words.
Ex: 1. By/Buy.
3. Seam/Seem etc.,
Diction means Style.
Here, they explain how words are pronounced, and which words we have to choose.
Ex: Use Active Voice rather than (instead of) Passive Voice.
19. More Diction:
This lesson also covers about Colloquialism, loaded language, consistent point of view, Parallelism, and gender-neutral language.
Ex: Colloquial(means informal words) More Formal Words:
I have around three hours to finish this Job. I have about three hours to finish this task.
20. Communicating Your Ideas:
This lesson explains we have to develop our ideas in a logical, effective way to have the biggest possible impact on our readers.
Ex: Mainly, purpose of writing is one of three things, these are
1. Inform 2. Explain and 3. Present an argument.
Finally, As per my opinion "almost any body can improve(his/their) writing by using this book, that means generally,Beginners are not able to understand this book but, it is useful to not only further learners but also Competitive Exam Prepares (like SSC, Banks and Groups etc.,).
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