About This Chapter
ASSET Writing Skills Test: Grammar - Chapter Summary
Make sure you're ready to tackle grammar questions on the ASSET Writing Skills test by exploring this chapter. Upon completion, you will be prepared for the following on the exam:
- Describing verb tense and subject-verb agreement
- Explaining the importance of complex subject-verb agreement and sentence agreement
- Understanding how to identify errors of verb tense
- Defining antecedent, possessive pronouns and contractions
- Sharing the meaning and uses of compound antecedents
- Detailing how to use prepositions and correlatives
- Discussing grammatical error
The lessons in this chapter are short, averaging about 10 minutes each. This ensures you have the time to review the lessons without taking on the challenging process of compiling the study materials on your own.
ASSET Writing Skills Test: Grammar Chapter Objectives
The ASSET Writing Skills test is one of seven developed by ACT to help postsecondary institutions like community and technical colleges determine how to place their students. The test has eight classifications and 36 multiple-choice items. Grammar has its own classification that consists of 6 items and constitutes about 16% of the total test. In this classification, you will be tested on adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement and more.
In addition to watching the lessons in this chapter, you can take short quizzes to gauge your comprehension of grammar. A chapter exam is also available to reinforce concepts learned in the lessons. If you want to revisit specific portions of the lessons without rewatching them entirely, use timelines with video tags to skip to key topics.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases
Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples
If you have a pronoun in a sentence, you'll also need to have an antecedent. In this lesson, find out what an antecedent is as well as some of the basic rules for avoiding vague pronoun references and for making sure that you have pronoun-antecedent agreement.
7. Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples
In writing, many people get possessive pronouns and contractions confused. In this lesson, we'll discuss the differences between the two, as well as how to use apostrophes in order to form contractions.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Grammatical Error: Examples & Corrections
Some people consider grammar to be a dry or unimportant topic, but don't believe the hype! Grammar is important, and it can be fun with the right approach. Grammar rules help you communicate clearly and efficiently, and they'll help you put your best foot forward when it comes to your written work.
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