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Ch 3: ACT English - Punctuation: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The ACT English - Punctuation chapter of this ACT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master punctuation. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of punctuation.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ACT preparation material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better ACT scores. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding commas, apostrophes and other punctuation
  • Need an efficient way to learn about punctuation
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers
  • Missed class time and need to catch up
  • Can't access extra ACT review resources at school

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the ACT English - Punctuation chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the ACT English - Punctuation chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any punctuation question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • What are the basic rules for comma usage?
  • How can I avoid confusion in clauses and contrasting sentence parts?
  • When and why would I use apostrophes?
  • How and why should I use colons, semicolons and periods?
  • What is the purpose of parentheses and dashes?

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: ACT English - Punctuation: Help and Review
Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

1. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

2. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.

ACT English Practice: Commas

3. ACT English Practice: Commas

Comma trouble got you down? Test your skills with some guided practice and become a certifiable comma hero before you tackle some questions on your own in the quiz.

Apostrophes: Possession with Singular, Plural and Multiple Nouns

4. Apostrophes: Possession with Singular, Plural and Multiple Nouns

Confused about possessives and plurals? Don't know your from you're? Well, that's about to change! In this lesson, you'll learn just a few simple rules to help you figure out when to use apostrophes and why.

ACT English Practice: Apostrophes

5. ACT English Practice: Apostrophes

Not quite confident in your apostrophe skills? In this lesson, you'll get some practice working through ACT English questions with apostrophes, including plurals, possessives, plural possessives, and those tricky little words like their/they're/there.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

6. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

ACT English Practice: Colons, Semicolons & Periods

7. ACT English Practice: Colons, Semicolons & Periods

In this lesson, you'll work on some practice questions using three different punctuation marks that can connect or separate complete thoughts: colons, semicolons and periods.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

8. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

ACT English Practice: Parentheses and Dashes

9. ACT English Practice: Parentheses and Dashes

Watch this lesson to get some guided practice using parentheses and dashes. You'll walk through three problems with some help, and then try a few more on your own.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

10. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

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