Ch 8: Grammar and Language Use

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter are designed to boost your knowledge of grammar and language use. Take a look at passive and active voice, the use of adjectival and adverbial phrases, and discover when to use periods, colons and semicolons, and more.

Grammar and Language Use - Chapter Summary

Strengthen your understanding of grammar and language use by studying these lessons. Review information on antecedents and personal pronouns, English words that are commonly confused, and phrase types. Get familiar with lesson material such as:

  • Subject-verb agreement and verb tense
  • Comma splices, sentence fragments and run-on sentences
  • Verb tense error identification
  • Identification of adjectival and adverbial phrases
  • Participial, prepositional and gerund phrases
  • Independent clauses
  • Dependent clauses
  • The use of brackets, ellipses, hyphens and quotation marks

Lessons are short, engaging text transcripts and videos. The videos last 5-10 minutes on average. We include a video timeline tool that makes it easy to replay any section you want to look at a second time. You can submit any questions you have directly to the instructor.

12 Lessons in Chapter 8: Grammar and Language Use
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Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

1. 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.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

2. Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

In this lesson, you'll learn how to avoid one of the most common grammatical mistakes in writing by learning how to ensure that all of the antecedents in your writing agree in number with the pronouns that they're matched up with.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

3. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

4. 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.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

5. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

Active and Passive Voice

6. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

How to Identify & Use Adjectival & Adverbial Phrases

7. How to Identify & Use Adjectival & Adverbial Phrases

Adjectives and adverbs are just the first step to describing other words. More often our descriptions come in the form of phrases. This lesson discusses identifying and using adjectival and adverbial phrases.

Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

8. 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.

Independent Clause: Definition & Examples

9. Independent Clause: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what an independent clause is and how it's different from a dependent clause. You'll also learn some of the problems that writers encounter with independent clauses and how to correct them.

What is a Dependent Clause? - Definition & Examples

10. What is a Dependent Clause? - Definition & Examples

Dependent clauses are one of the building blocks of language. Learn the different types of dependent clauses and how they differ from independent clauses and phrases.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

11. 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.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

12. 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.

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