Ch 13: GRE Analytical Writing: Grammar and Usage

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Need to review grammar concepts so you can prepare for the essay portion of the GRE? Watch this chapter's engaging video lessons to learn proper punctuation and grammar rules. You can also test yourself with lesson quizzes and chapter exams to make sure you understand the concepts.

GRE Analytical Writing: Grammar and Usage - Chapter Summary

Hone your grammar skills with our GRE training lessons. These videos offer instruction in English grammar and usage concepts you'll use when taking the analytical writing portion of the GRE. Some of the subjects these lessons address are:

  • Verb tense
  • Pronouns
  • Clauses
  • Commas
  • Modifiers
  • Idioms

The videos in this chapter focus on fundamental grammar rules and include quizzes to help you gauge your comprehension of the subject matter. The lessons are divided into short videos on specific topics to help you assimilate each concept and score well on the GRE.

GRE Analytical Writing Objectives

The GRE assesses students' preparedness to pursue graduate or business school. Around one third of the examination is devoted to the analytical writing portion, which comprises two timed essay prompts. Our usage and grammar lessons help solidify your understanding of language rules you'll need to know when constructing your essays. These lessons specifically discuss:

  • Proper comma usage
  • Using colons and semicolons
  • Determining correct subject-verb agreement (including in relation to prepositional phrases, helping verbs, and unusual singular and plural nouns)
  • Identifying and avoiding misplaced modifiers
  • Distinguishing between dependent and independent clauses
  • Understanding different types of pronouns (personal, reflexive, possessive, etc.)

The analytical writing segment of the GRE involves two 30-minute writing exams. For one, students compose a position paper agreeing or disagreeing with an issue prompt. For the other, students are asked to examine a given argument and produce an essay denoting its strengths and weaknesses.

10 Lessons in Chapter 13: GRE Analytical Writing: Grammar and Usage
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Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

1. 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.

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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

3. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

4. 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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

5. 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.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

6. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

7. 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.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

8. 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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

9. 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.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

10. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

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