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Ch 5: Language Structure

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Utilize the lessons in this chapter for a comprehensive review of language structure. As you progress through the chapter, take quizzes along the way to gauge your understanding of the material.

Language Structure - Chapter Summary

Language structure encompasses the various ways that written words are placed together to formulate coherent sentences and passages. There are many components to a sentence, including grammatical elements like colons, semicolons, and commas. There are also structural factors, like phrases and clauses. The lessons in this chapter will help you refresh your understanding of these concepts. Specifically, the lessons will cover:

  • Punctuation including commas, periods, colons, and semicolons
  • Personal pronouns
  • Phrases such as gerund, participial, and prepositional
  • Independent and dependent clauses
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • An essay's tone, audience, and purpose

These lessons have been developed to help illustrate the material in a manner that's easy to comprehend and retain. There are short, inviting video and text lessons to keep you engaged in the learning process. The video lessons include a clickable timeline you can use to navigate the video and review particular portions of the lesson. After completing each lesson, take a quiz to test your knowledge of the topics. When you've finished the chapter, take a cumulative exam to see how well you've absorbed all of the information.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Language Structure
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

1. 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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

2. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

3. 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.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

4. 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.

Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

5. Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

The writing of a sentence begins with a phrase. In this lesson, we will discuss the definition of a phrase, the different types of phrases, and how knowing what a phrase is will improve your writing.

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.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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