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Workbook for The Bare Essentials, 9th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0176775498
ISBN-13: 9780176775490
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 9th

Exercise book that is meant to accompany  

Known for clear explanations, a multitude of opportunities for practice, and a strong instructor support package, The Bare Essentials has, for over 25 years, been the preferred choice for students and instructors who need coverage of grammar and sentence- and paragraph-writing skills. For the next edition, we are moving to a more flexible format that will provide a number of options for teaching and learning. The foundational pieces—grammar rules and essentials of English writing skills—are provided in the main core-concepts book.


  • *NEW* 50% of the exercises are new to this edition.
  • *NEW* More of the exercises feature continuous prose as opposed to just sentences.
  • *NEW* Three of the eight readings are new to the edition.
  • The content is organized to build mastery of writing skills progressively from words all the way through to an introduction of paragraph- and essay-writing skills.
  • One of the cornerstones is the clear explanations that use non-technical language so students are not overwhelmed.
  • Mastery tests found at the end of the sections bring together the rules covered and allow the students to test their ability to apply their knowledge.
  • The 'Quick Quizzes' and 'Rapid Reviews' frame Units 1-4 and Unit 6. They provide students with both the ability to see where they need to focus their time and efforts and the ability to compare how they did, seeing their progression through the content.
  • Unit 6 'For EAL Learners' features new exercises that provide more hands-on editing, along with suggestions for listening and speaking practice.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Unit One: Words
  • Chapter 1: Choosing the Right Words
  • Chapter 2: Hazardous Homonyms
  • Chapter 3: The Apostrophe
  • Chapter 4: Capital Letters
  • Unit 2: Sentences
  • Chapter 5: Cracking the Sentence Code
  • Chapter 6: Solving Sentence-Fragment Problems
  • Chapter 7: Solving Run-On Sentence Problems
  • Chapter 8: Solving Modifier Problems
  • Chapter 9: The Parallelism Principle
  • Chapter 10: Refining by Combining
  • Unit 3: Grammar
  • Chapter 11: Choosing the Correct Verb Form
  • Chapter 12: Mastering Subject?Verb Agreement
  • Chapter 13: Keeping Your Tenses Consistent
  • Chapter 14: Choosing the Correct Pronoun Form
  • Chapter 15: Mastering Pronoun?Antecedent Agreement
  • Chapter 16: Maintaining Person Agreement
  • Unit 4: Punctuation
  • 17 The Comma
  • Chapter 18: The Semicolon
  • Chapter 19: The Colon
  • Chapter 20: Quotation Marks
  • Chapter 21: Question Marks, Exclamation Marks, and Punctuation Review
  • Unit 5: Paragraphs and Essays
  • Chapter 22: Finding Something to Write About
  • Chapter 23: The Thesis Statement
  • Chapter 24: The Outline
  • Chapter 25: Paragraphs
  • Chapter 26: Revising Your Paper
  • Chapter 27: Using Research Resources Responsibly
  • Unit 6: For EAL Learners: A Review of the Basics
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 28: Choosing the Correct Verb Tense
  • Chapter 29: More about Verbs
  • Chapter 30: Solving Plural Problems
  • Chapter 31: Using Articles Accurately
  • Chapter 32: Practising with Prepositions
  • Unit 7: Readings
  • Brian Green, ?Career Consciousness?
  • Tommy Akulukjuk, ?My Father and the Baby Seal?
  • Sun-Kyung Yi, ?An Immigrant?s Split Personality?
  • Brian Green, ?The Case against Quickspeak?
  • Stephen Marche, ?Hello, Dollies?
  • B. J. Menzel, ?Point, Click, Date: The Online Matchmaking Phenomenon?
  • Jeffery Moussaieff Masson, ?Dear Dad?
  • DOCUMENTED ESSAY: Dahlia Rodriguez, ?Learning a New Language: Why Is It So Hard?? (MLA Documentation Style)
  • Dahlia Rodriguez, ?Learning a New Language: Why Is It So Hard?? (APA Documentation Style)
  • Appendixes
  • A: The Fundamentals
  • B: List of Useful Terms
  • Index
  • Time Line

Author Information

Brian Green

In addition to teaching English at Niagara College, Brian also headed up a pioneering computer-assisted-learning unit, and for many years taught Broadcasting before taking early retirement to concentrate on writing… both in the academic market and freelance articles for magazines and newspapers.