This edition of Study Briefs offers a condensed reference guide to English Grammar and Punctuation. It is intended as an overview of core concepts and fundamentals of English for students. It is also recommended for adult learners who need a refresher in English with plenty of real-world examples and common usage tips. Starting with a brief history and explanation of why proper English usage is important, this Study Brief includes detailed sections on the different parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, articles and interjections. Additional topics on word formation, word interrelationships, abbreviations and acronyms, proper diction and sentence construction are included. Other sections cover phrases and clauses, spelling and capitalization, and formatting standards and styles. A helpful guide to punctuation marks is provided with usage examples of the period, comma, quotation mark, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, colon, and semicolon along with parentheses, dashes and hyphens. Tips on grammar mistakes to avoid and commonly confused words make this Study Brief a must-have for individuals called upon to write a paper, report, business letter or give an oral presentation. Study Briefs are concise and visual academic outlines that help students and professionals master key concepts quickly and accurately. Don’t spend your valuable time researching on multiple websites, paging through books or investigating reference sources. Our experts have done the research for you! Compiled in one convenient guide, you will find up-to-date and reliable sources presented in a visual and easy to follow format for everyday use. Choose from our ever-growing library of need-to-know topics in the following subject categories: Business, Math, Reference, Science, Language, History and Technology!