Topics absent or inadequately developed in other handbooks


  • Cross-reference to Common Core Standards — not available in other handbooks
  • How to choose between did and had helping verbs — not available elsewhere
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  • How to refer to literary or historical time — not available elsewhere
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  • How to refer to authors’ work as opposed to critics’ work — not available elsewhere
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  • Why different from is correct but different than incorrect — not available elsewhere
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  • How to spot literal and implied contradictions in terms — not available elsewhere
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  • Recognize and respond to 29 different fallacies — not available elsewhere

ad hominem, ad baculum, ad verecundiam, ad crumenam, argument by authority, argument by definition, argument by popularity, hypothetical argument, implied argument, proof by absence, if-then, non sequiturpost hoc, slippery slope, begging the question, circular reasoning, irrelevancy, red herring, equivocation, loaded terminology, attributing intent, decontextualizing, either-or, false analogy, generalization, oversimplification, overstatement, statistics, straw man

  • Subjunctive Mood: extensive explanation, examples, and exercises (more than twice the material in other leading books)
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  • Figures of speech: 11 types with explanations, examples, and exercises (instead of 1-6 in other books.)

    figurative speech, analogy by translation, extended simile, extended metaphor, hyperbole, situational irony, understatement oxymoron, paradox, anaphora, rhetorical question

  • Assertions and illustrations — not available elsewhere
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