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GED RLA: Grammar, Mechanics & Word Choice - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to strengthen your understanding of grammar, mechanics and word choice. This comprehensive overview can help you prepare for questions on the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts assessment. Ensure you're ready to address subject-verb agreement, contrasting sentence parts and additional topics. In no time, you will be able to:
- Identify agreement errors for nouns and pronouns
- Define and differentiate between verb tenses
- Pair the right verb with a subject in a sentence, and identify subject-verb agreement errors
- Use commas properly to avoid confusion in clauses and contrasting sentence parts
- Understand capitalization and when to use it
- Differentiate between words that sound alike but are spelled differently
- Add modifiers to make sentences more interesting
Review the video and text lessons at your leisure by accessing them anytime from your computer, smartphone or tablet. Video lessons are accompanied by timelines you can use to identify and skip to key topics within the lessons. With the lessons are short quizzes you can take to assess your understanding of grammar, mechanics and word choice. Before taking the GED RLA assessment, be sure to get a comprehensive review of this chapter by taking the practice chapter exam.
1. Identifying Errors in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns
Agreement does not just mean sharing the same opinion. In grammar, agreement means so much more. Watch this video lesson to learn how agreement works in our sentences.
2. What is Verb Tense? - Definition & Examples
Verb tenses are clues to help us figure out when the action in a sentence is happening. In this lesson, we will learn about different verb tenses and see a chart with examples that will help us know when to use the correct tense.
3. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors
It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.
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. 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.
6. Standard American English: Usage & Language Conventions
If you are learning English, it is useful to know what kind of English to focus on. After all, we speak differently than people in the United Kingdom. This lesson focuses on Standard American English, the most popular English in the U.S.
7. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
8. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)
Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.
9. Modifier: Examples & Definition
In this lesson, we will explore the role of the modifier in the English language. You will learn how boring sentences would be without modifiers such as adjectives and adverbs. After the lesson, test yourself with a quiz.
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Other chapters within the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts course
- About the GED: Reasoning Through Language Arts
- GED Question Types
- GED RLA: Comprehension of Informational Texts
- Organizing Ideas for Writing
- GED RLA: Analyzing of Informational Texts
- GED RLA: Writing & Structuring Sentences
- GED RLA Extended Response: Writing About a Text
- GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Flashcards