Top 20: Great Grammar for Great Writing

  • AUTHORS: Keith Folse; Elena Vestri Solomon; Barbara Smith-Palinkas
  • ISBN-13: 9780618789672 
  • 304 Pages  Paperback 
  • 2nd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2004
  • ©2008     Published
  • Level(s): High-intermediate | Intermediate
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About The Product

By providing instruction and practice of the 20 most troublesome grammar points, Top 20 helps students master the essential grammar they need to produce great writing at the intermediate to advanced levels.


  • A variety of exercises show students how to find and correct common grammatical errors.
  • Top 20 can be used as a stand-alone or as a supplement to any writing text.

About the Contributor

  • Keith Folse

    Dr. Keith Folse is a Professor of TESOL at the University of Southern Florida. He is the author of 57 textbooks on a variety of subjects from grammar to vocabulary to composition, including five best-selling books in the Great Writing series by National Geographic Learning.

  • Elena Vestri Solomon

    Elena Vestri Solomon is currently a lecturer in the B. Ed program for future teachers in Abu Dhabi's Emirates College for Advanced Education. She received her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida, Tampa, and has lived and worked in Italy, Spain, France, Hungary, Romania, Uzbekistan, and UAE. She has authored/co-authored over a dozen academic textbooks in composition, grammar, and listening/speaking/note-taking.

  • Barbara Smith-Palinkas

    Barbara Smith-Palinkas is an English for Academic Purposes instructor at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, where she teaches academic writing to advanced-level students. She has co-authored several grammar and reading/writing textbooks. She received her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Table of Contents

1. Nouns
2. Articles: a, an, the
3. Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives
4. Verb Tense Review
5. Problems with Verb Tenses
6. Subject-Verb Agreement
7. Prepositions
8. Word Forms
9. Modals: Present, Future, Past
10. Gerunds and Infinitives
11. Passive Voice and Participal Adjectives
12. Conditionals
13. Word Order and Word Combination
14. Adjective Clauses and Reductions
15. Adverb Clauses and Reductions
16. Noun Clauses
17. Better Sentences: Variety, Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices
18. Parallel Structure
19. Confusing Words and Structures
20. Editing It All Together

New to this Edition

  • Improved grammar explanations help students bridge the gap between their writing and native-speaker writing.
  • Authentic writing models from academic textbooks help contextualize grammar exercises.
  • New chapter on how to edit essays enhances learner independence.