When Words Collide,
9th Edition

Lauren Kessler, Duncan McDonald

ISBN-13: 9781285052472 | ISBN-10: 1285052471

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 224 pages

List Price USD $99.95


Renowned for its clear presentation of grammar, Kessler and McDonald's WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, 9e equips you with the tips and tools you need to succeed in today's dynamic, cross-platform, multi-media writing environment. This versatile grammar and usage handbook provides an excellent resource for learners and seasoned media writers alike. With its simplified rules, the book appeals to writers from a variety of backgrounds. It combines straightforward explanations and examples with quick and accurate answers to common grammar and usage questions, problems and potential pitfalls. In addition, its unique “from writer to writer” perspective guides you step by step through the entire writing process.

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Meet the Authors

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Lauren Kessler is professor and director of the Multimedia Journalism Master's Program at the University of Oregon as well as a national speaker, workshop leader, and founder and editor of ETUDE, the online magazine of narrative nonfiction. In addition, she is the author of three textbooks and seven works of narrative nonfiction, including MY TEENAGE WEREWOLF: A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER, A JOURNEY THROUGH THE THICKETS OF ADOLESCENCE, Pacific Northwest Book Award winner DANCING WITH ROSE (published in paperback as FINDING LIFE IN THE LAND OF ALZHEIMER'S), WASHINGTON POST bestseller CLEVER GIRL and LOS ANGELES TIMES bestseller THE HAPPY BOTTOM RIDING CLUB-–which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. She appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner STUBBORN TWIG, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state's 2009 sesquicentennial. Dr. Kessler's journalism has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE, O magazine, UTNE READER, THE NATION, newsweek.com and salon.com. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Kessler blogs at www.myteenagewerewolf.com.Find out more at www.laurenkessler.com

Duncan McDonald is professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, where he also served as dean of the School of Journalism and Communications as well as vice president of Public Affairs and Development. He is a former deputy director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. A former newspaper reporter, editor and publisher, he has co-authored texts in grammar, media writing, information gathering and graphics.

  • More student friendly than ever, WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, 9e features a vivid new two-color interior that makes text material easier to read, follow and understand.
  • Simplified grammatical rules and regulations throughout the book put grammar mastery within reach for students-no matter what their backgrounds.
  • New boxed material highlights, illustrates and entertains students as it reinforces chapter concepts.
  • A renewed emphasis on the importance of language skills helps students quickly learn to create crisp, clear and compelling prose.
  • Throughout the text, students will enjoy the authors' clear, concise explanations of important grammar issues delivered in a lighthearted, conversational tone.
  • Included as Part II of the text, “Your Speedy Grammar and Word Use Guide” provides an easy and efficient way for students to look up correct usage.
  • The text's two appendices focus on homonyms and homophones as well as troublesome verb forms, giving students additional insight into unraveling the complexities of English grammar.
  • Chapter 2: “Ten Little Secrets, Ten Big Mistakes” engages students with the writing process right from the beginning of the text and provides them with effective tips and tactics for successful writing.
  • Timeless and appropriate examples compare correct with incorrect uses, enabling students to see as well as hear the difference.
  • Beginning with Chapter 1: “Grammar Lives!”, WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, 9e focuses on the dynamic, evolving, cross-platform, multi-media environment for today's writers.
  • An Exercise Book for WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, 9e complements the main text with detailed, hands-on exercises designed to reinforce each chapter's key grammar and style concepts-enabling students to put what they learn into practice.
  • This versatile handbook can be used both as an easy-to-use reference tool and as a grammar/usage textbook-making it a meaningful addition to any writer's bookshelf long after the course is complete.

Table of Contents

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1. Grammar Lives!
Grammar Is More Important Than Ever. What Does Your E-mail Say about You?
2. Ten Little Secrets: Ten Big Mistakes.
The Ten Secrets of Writing Well. Grammar Is Everywhere. Making Mistakes. What You Don't Know.
3. The Sentence.
Sentence Parts. Phrases and Clauses. Types of Sentences. Sentence Errors. The Lead Sentence.
4. Power UP with the Verb!
Verbs Propel Our Sentences. Verb Forms and Functions. Verb Number and Person. Verb Tense. Principal Parts of Verbs. Voice. The Mood of Verbs. Verbals.
5. Working with the Verb: The Captain's View.
Nouns. Pronouns. Adjectives. Adverbs. Prepositions. Conjunctions. Interjections.
6. Making the Case for Agreement.
Subject–Verb Agreement. Pronoun Reference: The Antecedent Search. Case: It's All about Relationships. Nominative Case. Objective Case. Possessive Case. Parallel Structure. A Final Note.
7. Punctuation: Your Symphony of Signals and Stops.
Some Basic Guidelines. Period. Comma. Semicolon. Colon. Dash. Quotation Marks. Hyphen. Apostrophe. Ellipses. Parentheses. Question Mark and Exclamation Point.
8. Clarity and Conciseness.
Choosing Words. Putting Words Together. Making Sense. Clarity, Conciseness, Coherence.
9. Style.
What is Style? Liveliness. Originality. Rhythm and Sound. Imagery. Writing with Style.
Appendix A: Homonyms, Homophones, Spell-Checks, Oh My!
Appendix B: Irregular (Make That Troublesome) Verb Forms.

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Online Answer Key for Kessler/McDonald's When Words Collide, 9th

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Student Workbook for Kessler/McDonald's When Words Collide, 9th

Apply what you are learning in the text with this workbook featuring thirty-six exercises that provide opportunities to practice key grammar concepts outlined in the text and will help you develop the skills you need to become a successful writer.

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