Ch 39: HSPT Test: Basics of Grammar

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This chapter's text and video lessons prepare you to tackle questions on grammar when taking the HSPT Test. Engaging lessons are followed up by short quizzes in this mobile-friendly and professionally written resource.

HSPT Test: Basics of Grammar - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the rules of grammar. The lessons review verb tense, subject-verb agreement, errors of singular and plural pronouns, and using uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns. You'll also look at personal pronouns and antecedents, plus number agreement. After going through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood
  • Find misplaced modifiers and dangling modifiers
  • Define the eight parts of speech
  • Give the definitions of nouns, adverbs and adjectives
  • Outline the functions of action, auxiliary and linking verbs
  • Discuss participles and infinitives

This chapter's educational information can be accessed online via a computer or mobile device. Since the lessons are so flexible and generally no longer than eight minutes long, they can be studied right alongside homework assignments. Support can be received by utilizing the ask-an-expert feature on the dashboard. Brief quizzes help to determine your level of preparation for the HSPT test's grammar questions.

13 Lessons in Chapter 39: HSPT Test: Basics of Grammar
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What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

If you can't tell the difference between a noun and a hole in the ground, that's because there isn't one! Come learn more about these and the seven other parts of speech and their functions in this lesson.

What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

2. 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 Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

3. What are Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

Adjectives are what give detail and engage the senses in our writing. This lesson defines and illustrates adjectives and descriptive detail in writing and speaking. Nouns and verbs are briefly reviewed.

What are Adverbs? - Definition & Examples

4. What are Adverbs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what adverbs are and how they can be used to make your writing more interesting. You'll also take a look at some examples of adverbs and how they work in sentences.

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

5. 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

6. 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.

Grammatical Error: Examples & Corrections

7. Grammatical Error: Examples & Corrections

Some people consider grammar to be a dry or unimportant topic, but don't believe the hype! Grammar is important, and it can be fun with the right approach. Grammar rules help you communicate clearly and efficiently, and they'll help you put your best foot forward when it comes to your written work.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

8. 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.

Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

9. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

It's sometimes not completely clear at first whether a singular or plural pronoun is necessary in a sentence. This lesson covers those confusing situations and explains how to be sure that you're using the right pronoun.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

10. 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

11. 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.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

12. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

13. 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.

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