Ch 4: Conventions of Standard English

About This Chapter

Learn about standard English rules and conventions, including punctuation usage, grammar rules, and sentence structure. Review types of phrases, clauses, and parts of speech with video lessons and self-assessment quizzes.

Conventions of Standard English - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the basic rules of English grammar. Lessons explore punctuation, including commas, colons, and semicolons, as well as parts of speech, like pronouns, adjectives and adverbs. Types of phrases and dependent and independent clauses are explained. By the end of this chapter, you should have a thorough understanding of these subjects:

  • Comma, colon, semicolon and period usage
  • Pronouns, adjectives and adverbs
  • Gerund, participial, and prepositional phrases
  • Independent and dependent clauses

Short, engaging video lessons make the material easy to understand and remember, and you can review key topics from the lesson using the jump feature under the Timeline tab. Knowledgeable instructors can answer any questions you have. Test your understanding of the lessons using the self-assessment quizzes.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Conventions of Standard English
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Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

1. 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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

2. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

3. 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.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

4. 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.

Semicolon: Uses, Rules & Examples

5. Semicolon: Uses, Rules & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn how to effectively use a semicolon. Although many students shy away from using semicolons, you will see how easy it can be to incorporate them into your writing.

Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

6. Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

The writing of a sentence begins with a phrase. In this lesson, we will discuss the definition of a phrase, the different types of phrases, and how knowing what a phrase is will improve your writing.

Gerund: Phrases & Examples

7. Gerund: Phrases & Examples

What is a gerund? What is a gerund phrase? How do I use them in my writing? Watch this lesson to find out how to use this useful and versatile part of speech in your writing.

What is a Prepositional Phrase? - Definition & Examples

8. What is a Prepositional Phrase? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine the prepositional phrase, a grammatical tool that acts very much like an adjective or adverb. In other words, this type of phrase provides additional information about a noun or verb. Read on to learn how it works.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

9. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

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.

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