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CSET English - Structures in Grammar - Chapter Summary
By revisiting the concepts in this chapter's video lessons, you can build upon your capacity to correctly structure sentences and avoid grammatical errors. Explore exceptions to the use of indefinite pronouns, clarify when to use who and whom, and learn more about the importance of commas when connecting independent clauses. Strengthening your comprehension of these and other concepts can serve you well when you sit for the CSET English examination. Watch the online video lessons for help with:
- Differences between dependent and independent clauses
- Sentence fragments and run-on sentences
- Using periods, colons and semi-colons
- Constructing parallel sentences
- Defining personal pronouns, misplaced modifiers and dangling modifiers
- Recognizing a sentence's subject and verb
- Using correct verb tense and uncommon plural and singular nouns
- Use of interrogative, reflexive, possessive and relative pronouns
- Recognizing faulty collective ownership
- Ensuring correct use of commas
- Contrasting coordinating and correlative conjunctions
- Using sentence-embedding techniques
- Using idioms and phrasal verbs
Explore these topics while preparing to pass the CSET English examination. Providing you with the opportunity to study visually, the online video lessons can be a convenient review resource. Learn at your own pace, submit your questions about grammatical structures to the expert instructors and consult the text transcripts as needed. Use the video tags to pause the lessons or to navigate among topics. When you've watched each of the lessons, take the corresponding short quiz that follows.
CSET English - Structures in Grammar Objectives
After expanding your understanding of grammatical structures and related topics, you'll be able to apply what you've learned on the computer-based CSET English examination. It covers literature, language, linguistics, reading, informational text, composition, rhetoric and communications. Subtests I and II consist of 50 multiple-choice questions each. You'll answer two constructed-response questions on Subtest III along with four focus-response questions on Subtest IV. The time limit for Subtests I, III and IV is one hour and 30 minutes each. You will have one hour to complete Subtest II. When registering, choose to take one test or all four during the same session.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence
Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive
In this lesson, we'll look at relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns. We'll do this by antagonizing our friend Gary with the whos, whats, whoms, and whichevers that make up these pronouns.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Sentence Embedding & Expanding
Does your writing rely too heavily on simple sentences? Watch this video lesson to learn how to build more complex sentences using sentence embedding.
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Other chapters within the CSET English: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- About the CSET English Test
- CSET English: Overview of American Literature
- CSET English: Overview of British Literature
- CSET English: Ancient Literature
- CSET English: Overview of Philosophy
- CSET English: Different Genres in Writing
- CSET English: Using Rhetoric in Essay Writing
- CSET English: Using Tools to Improve Your Writing
- CSET English: Grammar and Usage
- CSET English: Conventions of Research and Citation
- CSET English: Language Development
- CSET English: Improving Literacy
- CSET English: Parts of Speech & Sentence Structure
- CSET English IV: Media, Journalism and Society
- CSET English IV: Elements of Dramatic Performance
- CSET English IV: Major Dramatic Works: An Overview
- CSET English IV: Plays and Playwrights
- CSET English IV: Writing Process
- CSET English IV: Introduction to Creative Writing
- CSET English IV: Genres and Literary Forms
- CSET English Flashcards