The Qualls Concise English Grammar

Danaan Press Inc
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"The Qualls Concise English Grammar "is a text that treats specifically of North American English. American-Canadian English-"ACE"-is both the native dialect of the predominant majority (almost 74%) of native English speakers, and is the standard for International Business.

"ACE "is the oldest dialect of English, preserving capabilities and distinctions of vocabulary that have been lost in British English and other dialects. "ACE" is, in fact, closer (particularly in grammar and pronunciation) to the language of Shakespeare than is modern British English.

This grammar is written to the traditional standards of English teaching, in which understandability and correctness took precedence over the pseudo-psychology of undisciplinable self-esteem-ism.

The grammar starts with a quick, high-level survey of the English language, aspects of its history and dialects. Then it presents schemas of the parts of speech and aspects of each that will be treated in the text.

The grammar itself proceeds through each part of speech, starting with general descriptions and progressing to more detailed points and explanations. After this, aspects of the sentence are covered, followed by concise rules for capitalization and punctuation.

Within the section for each part of speech and for the sentence are given points of correct or suggested usage. Copious examples are given for each description, rule or suggestion.

The final part of the text covers Structural analysis of sentences and the clauses of which they are constructed. Parsing is treated first, with parsed selections taken from the examples given in the Grammar portion of the text.

After that, extensive instructions are given for traditional diagramming and for an updated adaptation of traditional diagramming called "Qualls Concise Diagramming." "QCD" is built on the constructs of Reed/Kellogg diagramming, but incorporates improvements, in particular to representation of compound and complex components that too often resulted in indistinct representation or in spaghettification of the traditional diagrams.

This book is an excellent study aid for the higher levels of grade school, for middle school, high school and even college students. It is vital for anyone whose job depends on the quality and effectiveness of their use of English, that is, all those in business, in broadcasting and those involved in writing, whether that be informal, commercial or literary.

The book's extremely thorough presentation of diagramming will please those Americans who have become frustrated with the horrible decline both in standards of teaching materials and in the thoroughness of grammatical instruction. These will want to get copies to give to those friends and family members preparing for college entrance tests or for jobs that are highly language influenced or dependent.

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About the author

Eduard Qualls was born in 1954 in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Having been raised in a religious household in which the only things to read were the newspaper, the Bible, a hymnal and a 1956 set of encyclopedias, he found refuge within that multivolume set. An early learner, before starting the second grade he had already read through the encyclopedias once, and was starting again to go through his "favorite letters": 'C' for California and China (and Chinese), 'G' for Greece (and Greek), 'U' for United Kingdom and United States, and 'W' for both World and World War II. This early start in education, augmented by a remarkable set of public school teachers, culminated in his testing out of an entire year of college. He had started speaking French at age 11, followed by Latin, Spanish, and more French in high school. At the same time he had started studying German and Chinese on his own, and pursued Modern Greek with tutoring by the mother of the local Greek Orthodox priest. A college degree in German and Music, with minor in French, was followed by graduate work in German, Latin, and Musicology, culminating in a switch to Graduate Business. A shock to someone whose life had been totally immersed in Humanities, he adapted to this move into business studies by understanding accounting as the 'language' on which business is based, and by realizing that all business activities are rooted in humans, their communities and in human endeavor. A Master of Science degree in Business Administration was followed by almost thirty years of successful productivity within the software industry, specializing in computer graphics, internationalization and text processing and localized formatting. The late economic downturn has given him the opportunity to put into writing a culmination and aggregation of the insights derived from his academic training, his long-term studies in the Humanities and his observations of the human condition and its development throughout history. Mr. Qualls is the author of several books, the latest being "Community Capitalism: Pulling Capitalism Back From Its Own Abyss." This was preceded by a reference book, detailing the rules whereby he had achieved a mastery of English and its usage, "The Qualls Concise English Grammar.
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