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Capitalization, Punctuation & Spelling - Chapter Summary
If you need a refresher on telling the difference between an independent and dependent clause, or if you simply want to brush up on some basic capitalization rules, this chapter will provide you with the tools necessary to feel confident in your grammar skills. The videos cover everything from quotation marks to brackets and are perfect for grammar beginners, or those who just need a quick refresher.
These lessons will provide you with tips and tricks for remembering hard-to-spell words and properly using periods and dashes. In addition, you will learn about:
- Basic capitalization rules
- Proper spelling and common mistakes
- Rules on comma usage
- Accurately separating clauses and avoiding confusion with commas
- The purpose of ellipses and how to use them
- The difference between colons and semicolons
- Using hyphens correctly
At the end of the lesson, you'll be able to take a quiz to test your understanding of this material. Additionally, you can print off a worksheet that will help cement your understanding of key vocabulary terms and special rules. You can also review video transcripts if you are having a hard time remembering any of the vocabulary in the videos. You have the option to skip around to the main points of any video using video tags, so reviewing difficult topics is a snap. Our instructors are highly trained and provide you with up-to-date lessons on key grammar topics.
1. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.
2. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips
In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.
3. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.
4. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts
Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.
5. The Purposes of the Ellipsis and Dashes
In this lesson, we will learn when and how to use ellipses, en dashes and em dashes. These can be used to indicate a pause or a break in text. Ellipses can also be used to indicate an omission of text.
6. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods
Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.
7. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks
Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.
8. Parentheses: Definition & Usage
Parentheses are a commonly misunderstood type of punctuation mark. This lesson defines the punctuation mark and gauges your understanding with a quiz.
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