Ch 4: ACT English: Grammar and Usage

About This Chapter

Do you need to review grammar concepts covered on the ACT? Maybe you want to know more about verbs, or how to write idioms? Use this chapter to review grammar and usage with 2 hours of engaging and fun video lessons. You can also test your understanding with over 10 quizzes and a chapter exam.

ACT English: Grammar and Usage - Chapter Summary

Brush up on your grammar basics to prepare for the ACT. This chapter is composed of lessons in the following:

  • Subjects
  • Verbs
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Pronouns
  • Antecedents
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Idioms
  • Collective Ownership
  • Comparatives
  • Superlatives
  • Adjectives

The chapter teaches how to identify these major parts of speech and use them effectively. The lessons provide practice with the actual testing methods used on the ACT. Our videos will help you review these concepts for success on the Grammar and Usage portion of the English Test.

ACT English Objectives

You can prove your readiness for freshman courses through the ACT college-level assessment. The English portion of the test checks your understanding of standard written English and rhetorical skills, through a 45-minute, 75-question exam. Our lessons include the six elements of effective writing included in the ACT Test:

  • Punctuation
  • Grammar and Usage
  • Sentence Structure
  • Strategy
  • Organization
  • Style

The Grammar and Usage section is 16% of the English ACT Test. Passages on various topics written in an assortment of styles appear on the test. Questions may refer to an underlined portion of a passage and may ask you to choose alternatives that would not be appropriate. In addition, some questions will appear at the end of a passage and refer to the writing piece in general. The English Test scores include both a Usage/Mechanics sub score and a Rhetorical Skills sub score.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: ACT English: Grammar and Usage
How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

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.

What is a Verb? - Definition & Conjugation

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.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

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.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

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.

ACT English Practice: Verb Tense and Subject-Verb Agreement

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.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

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.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

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.

ACT English Practice: Pronouns

8. 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.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

9. 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.

Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples

10. 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.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

11. 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.

Using Prepositions and Correlatives

12. 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.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

13. 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.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

14. 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.

ACT English Practice: Adjectives, Adverbs and Modifiers

15. 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.

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