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In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:
- How can I avoid tripping up on subject-verb agreement?
- What are personal pronouns?
- How can compound antecedents be made to agree with pronouns?
- How do I use prepositions and correlatives?
- What are the rules for using adjectives and adverbs?
1. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence
Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.
2. What is a Verb? - Definition & Conjugation
In this lesson, you'll learn what a verb is and how to conjugate verbs correctly to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples to help you understand verb conjugation.
3. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns
Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.
4. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement
Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.
5. ACT English Practice: Verb Tense and Subject-Verb Agreement
Watch this video lesson to get some practice with two types of verb questions on the ACT English test: verb tense errors and subject-verb disagreement.
6. What Are Personal Pronouns?
Pronouns are great for making sure debaters don't have to keep repeating the other guy's name over and over again, but they have many other uses too! In fact, pronouns, you could say, make reading readable. In part one, we'll cover personal pronouns and how they're used before moving on to more esoteric varieties.
7. Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive
In this lesson, we'll look at relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns. We'll do this by antagonizing our friend Gary with the whos, whats, whoms, and whichevers that make up these pronouns.
8. Interrogative Pronoun: Definition & Examples
When we ask a question, we are most likely using an interrogative pronoun, which are words like who, whom, whose, which, and what. In this lesson, we will take a look at the functions of the interrogative pronoun.
9. ACT English Practice: Pronouns
Pronouns are tricky little beasts to master, but once you get in some practice they're not so bad. Work on your pronoun usage skills by walking through some practice questions with explanations.
10. Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement
In this lesson, you'll learn how to avoid one of the most common grammatical mistakes in writing by learning how to ensure that all of the antecedents in your writing agree in number with the pronouns that they're matched up with.
11. Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples
You may know already that an antecedent and its pronoun must agree in number. In this lesson, you'll learn about compound antecedents and the various rules involving how they can be made to agree with pronouns.
12. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.
13. Using Prepositions and Correlatives
It's frustrating to hear 'because I said so,' but sometimes that's just the way it is. In this lesson, you'll learn two areas of grammar where you can't rely on patterns; you'll just have to memorize.
14. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership
A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.
15. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises
Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.
16. ACT English Practice: Adjectives, Adverbs and Modifiers
Do you know your adjectives and adverbs pretty good? Hopefully not, because you ought to know them pretty well! In this lesson, we'll review the rules, and then, you'll get a little practice to let it all sink in.
17. Coordinating Conjunction: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what a coordinating conjunction is and how to use coordinating conjunctions to vary your sentence structure and make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
18. Define Contractions in Grammar: Examples & Overview
Find out about contractions and how to use them correctly in your writing. Read the lesson to see how contractions are created, and look at some examples of contractions in action.
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