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The Least You Should Know About English, 4th Edition

  • Teresa Ferster Glazier
  • Paige Wilson
  • Kathleen A. Wagner
  • ISBN-10: 0176531645
  • ISBN-13: 9780176531645
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2007, 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

The Least You Should Know About English is a streamlined and focused text that provides students with the basics of English grammar, sentence and paragraph writing skills. By using minimal technical jargon and lively explanations and examples, students are not overwhelmed with the content, but can focus on learning the process of good grammar and writing skills. The authors believe that frequent practice is essential to success, and as such have included a number of writing exercises and opportunities to practice.


  • Exercises are thematically organized to help students as they work through the content. Interesting topics and concepts related to Canadians are found throughout and help students see the need for coherence and continuity.

  • Known for its straight-forward approach, focusing on the essentials.

  • Answers are available at the back of the text, to encourage self-testing by students.

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About the Author

Paige Wilson

With an amazing gift for explaining the basics of punctuation and grammar, Paige Wilson, Assistant Professor at Pasadena City College, focuses on the vital basics of English, reinforcing fundamental concepts with an abundance of easy-to-follow exercises.

Kathleen A. Wagner

Now retired after a 32+ year career as an English professor at Cambrian College, Kathleen Wagner has refocused this classic textbook to include thematically-linked exercises on topics of interest to Canadians while maintaining the original title’s lively approach to the acquisition of grammar skills.

Table of Contents

Part One: Spelling
Part Two: Knowing Sentence Essentials
Part Three: Building Effective Sentences
Part Four: Keeping the Message Clear
Part Five: Punctuating Correctly
Part Six: Writing Effective Paragraphs

New to this edition

  • Part 2: The earlier part of the chapter now focuses on identifying subjects and verbs as the core elements in a sentence, and the latter half of the chapter addresses adverbs and adjectives.
  • Part 3: Now offers an expanded description of sentence structure pitfalls and provides prescriptions for avoiding fragments, run-ons, and comma splices
  • Part 6: Provides a practical approach to the development of paragraph writing. There is greater emphasis on transitions between paragraphs, stressing the importance of coherence.
  • Pre-tests, posts-tests, and progress tests are found throughout. They have been refreshed and expanded.