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Ch 7: Identifying Grammatical Errors in Writing

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This chapter covers key grammatical and mechanical concepts of the English language. These lessons will help you build your writing skills by providing instructional focus on parts of speech, agreement, and sentence structure.

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Identifying Grammatical Errors in Writing - Chapter Summary

Being able to identify errors in grammar, word usage, and syntax is an important skill for any student of English. Writing well-formed, complete sentences is the key to success as a writer and test taker, and the creation of good writing naturally stems from a good understanding of written English, including grammatical and mechanical rules. Because of this, the first step in the journey of a writer is learning to identify and fix basic errors in writing. In this chapter, you will learn how to identify errors in the following concept areas:

  • Singular and plural pronouns
  • Agreement between nouns and pronouns
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Verb tense
  • Adjective, adverbs, and noun agreement
  • Sentence structure

Using informative video lessons and interactive formats, our instruction will help you grasp and execute these concepts in your own writing. These lessons include written transcripts, video explanations, and self-assessment quizzes so you can check your knowledge as you move through the chapter. We provide short bios to help you get to know your content instructors and easy-to-navigate video tags to give you quick access to different areas of the lesson at your convenience.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Identifying Grammatical Errors in Writing
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Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

1. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

Singular and plural pronouns are words that take the place of a noun. Learn about pronoun basics, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and indefinite pronouns, then discover how to identify and correct errors in their usage.

Identifying Errors in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns

2. Identifying Errors in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns

Agreement in grammar exists when words are consistent across tenses and context. Identify different errors that appear in nouns and pronouns in gender, number, and case, and discover ways to avoid them in future writing.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

3. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

A subject-verb agreement is when the object in a sentence connects to the motion in a sentence in numerical value, meaning they are either both singular or both plural. Learn more about identifying subject-verb agreements, simple and compound sentence, subject-verb inversion, and indefinite pronouns to avoid errors.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

4. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

Knowledge of grammar rules and the six verb tenses is key to writers being able to identify errors and use tense consistently; verb tense refers to the time that action occurs. Explore the correct usage of present, past, future, present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses.

How to Identify Errors in Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns & Agreement

5. How to Identify Errors in Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns & Agreement

To share a message that resonates with readers, written communication must be free of mistakes. Learn how to identify errors in adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and agreement by reviewing the parts of a sentence and subject-verb agreement.

Identifying Errors in Sentence Structure

6. Identifying Errors in Sentence Structure

Sentence structure follows particular rules to convey the intended meaning and can miscommunicate when errors occur. Learn the importance of subject-verb agreement, clauses, and parallel structure to avoid sentence mistakes.

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