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 engaging and fun video lessons. You can also test your understanding with quizzes and a chapter exam.

ACT English: Grammar and Usage - Chapter Summary

Brush up on your grammar basics to prepare for the ACT. Among other topics, you'll review the definitions of personal, relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns. This chapter is composed of lessons that will help you do the following:

  • Utilize correct verb tense and subject-verb agreement
  • Write with idioms
  • Understand sentence agreement
  • Compare adjectives and adverbs
  • Define antecedents their usage and agreement
  • Work with prepositions and correlatives
  • Identify adjectives, adverbs and modifiers

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

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: ACT English: Grammar and Usage
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Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

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

Subject-verb agreement is when plural verbs are used with plural nouns and pronouns, and singular verbs are used with singular nouns and pronouns. Learn about uncommon group and singular nouns, indefinite pronouns, and how to use proper subject-verb agreement for grammatically correct writing.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

2. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

When a document includes incorrect verb tenses and/or subject-verb agreements, it reads poorly. Learn about these grammatical problems and explore ways to create written documents with proper verb tenses and subject-verb agreements.

ACT English Practice: Verb Tense and Subject-Verb Agreement

3. 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?

4. What Are Personal Pronouns?

Personal pronouns are words used to replace the subject or object of a sentence in order to make it easier for readers to follow. Discover what are personal pronouns, explore the difference between personal and object pronouns, see why pronoun agreement is important and what to do when the subjects' gender is ambiguous, and see which pronouns people often use in certain contexts and what does that say about them.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

5. Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

Pronouns are words used as substitutes for nouns and proper nouns. Explore the different types and uses of relative and interrogative pronouns such as 'who' and 'whom,' as well as other types including possessive and reflexive pronouns.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

6. Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

An antecedent is a word that a pronoun either replaces or refers to, and the rules of grammar require that a personal pronoun agree with its antecedent. Learn about antecedents, personal pronouns, and how to recognize pronoun and antecedent number agreement.

ACT English Practice: Pronouns

7. 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.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

8. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

Idioms and phrasal verbs are terms that have a particular meaning other than the literal meaning of the words that make them up. Learn how to write with idioms and phrasal verbs, and explore the different types of phrasal verbs, including separable, inseparable, and intransitive phrasal verbs.

Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples

9. Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples

An antecedent is a word that a pronoun replaces or references. Compound antecedents are made up of two or more words linked together by ~'and~' or ~'or.~' Explore the definition and examples of compound antecedents in this lesson, as well as the number agreement rule.

Using Prepositions and Correlatives

10. 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

11. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

An improperly written sentence may imply multiple people own a single thing when they each own separate things. Learn how to maintain sentence agreement by identifying, correcting, and avoiding faulty collective ownership.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

12. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

Generally speaking, adjectives are words that describe nouns, and adverbs are words that describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. Dive deeper into examples of adjectives and adverbs, comparatives and superlatives, rules for using them in sentences, and exercises and examples of their respective uses.

ACT English Practice: Adjectives, Adverbs and Modifiers

13. 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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