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Usage - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
There are plenty of tricky things when it comes to English grammar. This is a tough language to master, especially when it comes to writing. There are so many rules and exceptions to rules that it is quite easy to make mistakes. In fact, people make mistakes so often that over time they've become accepted. The problem is that in academic writing, making grammar errors is not acceptable, so you really do need to know what's wright and what's wrong. In this chapter, we'll take a look at a few errors that happen all the time in writing. These may well be accepted, but that doesn't make them right. You may not be able to recognize when a subject and verb aren't in agreement or when a pronoun doesn't match with its noun, but no worries. The videos in this lesson will teach you how to find your own mistakes. While they may be tricky, at the end of this chapter, you'll be able to spot errors with:
- Subject-verb agreement
- Verb tense
- Single and plural verbs
- Single and plural pronouns
|Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement||Examine how subject and verb agreement works.|
|Identifying Errors of Verb Tense||Explore the right way to use verbs in different tenses.|
|Identifying Pronoun Use Errors||Discover how to properly use pronouns.|
|Identifying Errors of Single and Plural Verbs||Analyze single and plural verbs to see how to use them the right way.|
|Identifying Errors of Single and Plural Pronouns||Find out common single and plural pronouns.|
1. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors
It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.
2. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense
In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.
3. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns
It's sometimes not completely clear at first whether a singular or plural pronoun is necessary in a sentence. This lesson covers those confusing situations and explains how to be sure that you're using the right pronoun.
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