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Ch 2: Grammar

About This Chapter

Explore the proper use of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs. Video lessons in this chapter can also help you study definite articles and modifying phrases as well as active and passive voices.

Grammar - Chapter Summary

Browse this collection of lessons to learn more about the different parts of speech and their uses. You'll find short videos to help you identify common and proper nouns or sort out the differences among interrogative, relative, reflexive and possessive pronouns. You can also learn how to avoid pronoun-antecedent agreement errors in your writing and take a look at the proper use of verb forms and tenses.

The remaining lessons focus on sentence predicates and provide suggestions for writing in the active voice. You can also get tips for spotting and correcting dangling modifiers with lessons on the following:

  • Nouns and pronouns
  • Verb types and forms
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Indefinite and definite articles
  • Sentence predicates
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Active and passive voice

Whether you need some quick instruction on dangling modifiers or could use a complete review of nouns, pronouns and verbs, this chapter has you covered. These short video lessons and their matching transcripts allow you to select the topics you want to study, at a pace that works for you. You can also take multiple-choice quizzes to gauge your comprehension of the lesson material.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: Grammar
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What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

1. What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

A noun is a part of speech that identifies a person, place, thing, or idea. In this lesson, in addition to learning how to identify nouns, you'll learn the difference between proper and common nouns and a bit about how nouns function in sentences.

What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

2. What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we'll learn about pronouns in general, and take a look at two types of personal pronouns: subjective case and objective case pronouns. Knowing which case of pronoun you'll need can help you avoid common pronoun errors.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

3. 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.

Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples

4. Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples

A subject is an essential part of a sentence. This video explains the role that subjects play in sentences, how nouns work as subjects and the various types of subjects.

What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

8. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

9. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.

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.

Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

11. Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

Watch this video lesson on indefinite and definite articles. Find out when you should use which type of article and when you shouldn't use any article at all.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

12. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.

What Are Correlative Conjunctions? - Definition & Examples

13. What Are Correlative Conjunctions? - Definition & Examples

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of joining words that we frequently use to connect two ideas together in a sentence. In this lesson, we'll define what a correlative conjunction is, learn the most commonly used correlative conjunctions, and discover rules for using them in sentences.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

14. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

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