Ch 5: CBASE English: Writing Grammar & Mechanics

About This Chapter

Nouns, adverbs, and verbs...oh my! The lessons in this chapter cover all the basics of English grammar and mechanics you need to successfully prepare for the CBASE English test.

CBASE English: Writing Grammar & Mechanics - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers all the basics of English grammar. From nouns and verbs to run-on sentences, the video lessons prepare you to tackle the grammar and mechanics questions found on the CBASE English test. After completing this chapter, you'll be up to speed on:

  • Parts of speech
  • Nouns: Singular, plural, and possessive
  • Pronouns
  • Subjects of sentences
  • Action, linking, and auxiliary verbs
  • Participles and infinitives
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Capitalization
  • Commas and other punctuation
  • Fixing problem sentences

English grammar and mechanics are integral parts of everything you do in college. Mastery of the concepts will make you a better writer and communicator. Our instructors will cover all the basics to help you polish your grammar skills and prepare for the CBASE English test. The short quizzes at the end of each lesson provide a great way to review material and ensure you understand any topics that required additional attention.

CBASE English: Writing Grammar & Mechanics Chapter Objectives

The CBASE tests are designed to evaluate pre- and post-knowledge of general education requirements at the college level. A thorough understanding of English is necessary for successful completion of the CBASE English test. The material is divided into two knowledge clusters: reading/literature and writing. The writing portion of this exam is comprised of multiple-choice questions covering the rules of standard English and the writing process. There is also an optional essay prompt. The grammar and mechanics concepts covered in this chapter help you prepare for the multiple-choice questions, but they also enable you to write a better essay if necessary!

The CBASE English test contains approximately 41 multiple-choice questions and one optional essay question (completion of the essay prompt is determined by your institution). Times for the test will vary by institution, but you will have approximately 45 minutes for the multiple-choice portion and 40 minutes for the optional essay if required.

15 Lessons in Chapter 5: CBASE English: Writing Grammar & Mechanics
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What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

If you can't tell the difference between a noun and a hole in the ground, that's because there isn't one! Come learn more about these and the seven other parts of speech and their functions in this lesson.

What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

2. What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

A noun is a part of speech that identifies a person, place, thing, or idea. In this lesson, in addition to learning how to identify nouns, you'll learn the difference between proper and common nouns and a bit about how nouns function in sentences.

Singular & Plural Nouns: Definitions, Rules & Examples

3. Singular & Plural Nouns: Definitions, Rules & Examples

This video takes a look at how singular nouns are turned into plural nouns. Check it out to learn about regular and irregular plurals as well as important definitions, rules, and exceptions.

What Are Possessive Nouns? - Examples, Definition & Types

4. What Are Possessive Nouns? - Examples, Definition & Types

This video explains what you need to know to use apostrophes to make singular and plural nouns possessive. You'll also learn how to avoid mixing up your plurals and possessives.

What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

5. What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we'll learn about pronouns in general, and take a look at two types of personal pronouns: subjective case and objective case pronouns. Knowing which case of pronoun you'll need can help you avoid common pronoun errors.

Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples

6. Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples

A subject is an essential part of a sentence. This video explains the role that subjects play in sentences, how nouns work as subjects and the various types of subjects.

Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

7. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

8. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.

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

9. 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.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

10. 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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

11. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

12. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

13. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

14. 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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

15. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

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