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Ch 7: Grammar and Usage

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Review these video lessons to improve your knowledge of English grammar. The lessons in this chapter cover essential definitions and rules related to grammar and proper usage.

Grammar and Usage - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides expert instruction on several elements of English grammar and usage. The chapter discusses the purposes of various parts of speech, such as pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, and offers illustrative examples to help you fully comprehend each concept. You'll also learn how to avoid common grammar errors and mistakes. After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify and eliminate sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences
  • Understand verb tense and subject-verb agreement
  • Know the purpose of personal, relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns
  • Define demonstrative pronouns
  • Recognize antecedents, compound antecedents and modifiers
  • Compare adjectives and adverbs

These engaging lessons are taught by professional English professors who present the material in a simple and straightforward manner. To make the learning process enjoyable and convenient, you can quickly find the information you need through the course dashboard and interactive video timelines. The chapter also comes with various supplemental materials, including lesson transcripts and self-assessment quizzes.

13 Lessons in Chapter 7: Grammar and Usage
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Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

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.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

4. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

5. 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.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

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.

Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

7. Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

In writing, many people get possessive pronouns and contractions confused. In this lesson, we'll discuss the differences between the two, as well as how to use apostrophes in order to form contractions.

Demonstrative Pronouns: Definition & Examples

8. Demonstrative Pronouns: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines and explains the grammatical use of the English words called demonstratives. It describes how these parts of speech function as pronouns and adjectives, as well as their relationship to nouns. The lesson includes a short quiz.

What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples

9. What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples

If you have a pronoun in a sentence, you'll also need to have an antecedent. In this lesson, find out what an antecedent is as well as some of the basic rules for avoiding vague pronoun references and for making sure that you have pronoun-antecedent agreement.

Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples

10. Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples

You may know already that an antecedent and its pronoun must agree in number. In this lesson, you'll learn about compound antecedents and the various rules involving how they can be made to agree with pronouns.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

11. 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.

Modifier: Examples & Definition

12. 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.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

13. 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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