Ch 3: Mechanics of Writing

About This Chapter

The Mechanics of Writing chapter of this English Grammar Rules Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the correct usage of grammar and other mechanics in English writing. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the mechanics of writing.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the mechanics of writing will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the mechanics of writing. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing rules and practices associated with the mechanics of writing
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Mechanics of Writing chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Mechanics of Writing chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the mechanics of writing for a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • Titles and headlines capitalization rules
  • Protocols for comma usage in dates
  • Grammar, rules, and importance of email etiquette
  • Writing numbers guidelines
  • Turning passive voice into active voice and strategies for writing in active voice
  • Infinitive phrases and split infinitives
  • Rules and usage for single quotation marks
  • Gerund phrase identification
  • English rules for plural nouns
  • Rules for 's'-ending names
  • Knowing when to use 'an' vs. 'a'
  • Applications of 'i before e except after c'
  • Differences and rules for whom vs. who

23 Lessons in Chapter 3: Mechanics of Writing
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Capitalization Rules for Headlines & Titles

1. Capitalization Rules for Headlines & Titles

In this lesson you will learn rules for using capital and lower-case letters in titles. We will discuss Title Case and look at examples of words that should and should not be capitalized in a title.

Comma Rules for Dates in English

2. Comma Rules for Dates in English

In this lesson, you will learn the different rules for using a comma when writing a date in English. You will also view tips and examples to help with remembering when and where to insert a comma with the date.

Email Etiquette: Rules & Tips

3. Email Etiquette: Rules & Tips

There are rules in email etiquette that are nearly the same as for all spoken and written communication. In this lesson we will discuss 10 email etiquette rules and tips to help write better emails.

Grammar Rules for Writing Numbers

4. Grammar Rules for Writing Numbers

The grammar rules for writing numbers can be confusing. In this lesson, we will look at rules, exceptions and different accepted styles. While the rules may sometimes seem contradictory, the most important thing is to be consistent.

How to Change Passive Voice to Active Voice

5. How to Change Passive Voice to Active Voice

When you are writing, there are many techniques you can utilize to make your work more interesting to read. In this lesson, we will look at the two voices that verbs can have, active and passive, and we will learn how to change from passive voice to active voice to make our writings both clearer and more engaging.

How to Fix a Split Infinitive

6. How to Fix a Split Infinitive

Split infinitives are common grammatical mistakes that can make a sentence confusing to a reader. This lesson will explain what an infinitive is, why you shouldn't split it, and how to revise when you do.

How to Write in Active Voice

7. How to Write in Active Voice

Writers are often told to write in an active voice without an explanation of what that actually means. This lesson will explain the difference between active and passive voice and why active voice can make your writing more succinct and dynamic.

Identifying Gerund Phrases in English

8. Identifying Gerund Phrases in English

In English, there are eight basic parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Each part is important in reading and writing. Sometimes, one part of speech will take on the role of a different part of speech. This is a lesson about verbs that act as nouns.

Plural Noun Rules for English

9. Plural Noun Rules for English

This lesson focuses on the various ways to form plural nouns in English. The method for forming the plural usually depends on the final letter of the singular version of the noun.

Rules for Names Ending in 's'

10. Rules for Names Ending in 's'

There are sometimes several rules for names ending in 's' like Travis or virus. In this lesson, you will learn about the rules that apply, exceptions and which form is better to use in different language situations.

Rules for When to Use 'A' vs. 'An'

11. Rules for When to Use 'A' vs. 'An'

The words 'a' and 'an' are used frequently in writing, but can be difficult to master. In this lesson, we will learn about the basic rules of when to use 'a' and 'an' and when there are exceptions to this rule.

Single Quotation Marks: Use & Rules

12. Single Quotation Marks: Use & Rules

We usually see quotation marks in pairs, but have you noticed single quotation marks being used in the newspaper or a book? In this lesson, learn when and how to use single quotation marks.

The 'I Before E Except After C' Rule

13. The 'I Before E Except After C' Rule

You've probably hears the spelling rule that says, 'I before e except after c, or when pronounced ay as in neighbor.' This rule is easy to remember because of the rhyme in the jingle, but there are some exceptions to the rule.

What is a Split Infinitive? - Definition & Examples

14. What is a Split Infinitive? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about a common writing error called a split infinitive. This error is easy to recognize and correct, and we will focus on ways to eliminate this error from our writing.

What is an Infinitive Phrase? - Definition & Examples

15. What is an Infinitive Phrase? - Definition & Examples

A verb is a word typically used to express action or being, but sometimes, verbs are used for other purposes in a sentence. In this video, we'll discuss infinitives, a type of verb that can act as an adjective, an adverb or a noun.

What is Email Etiquette? - Definition & Examples

16. What is Email Etiquette? - Definition & Examples

Email, or electronic mail, is a standard part of our personal and professional lives nowadays. There are many ways to write an email, but by using email etiquette we can avoid confusion, lost opportunities and miscommunication.

Who vs. Whom: Rules & Examples

17. Who vs. Whom: Rules & Examples

When using proper grammar, many find the decision between using who versus whom very confusing. In this lesson, we will learn the rules on when to use who and when to use whom and some very helpful hints that will help to eliminate confusion.

Why is Email Etiquette Important?

18. Why is Email Etiquette Important?

Most of us know how to use email, but what happens when email etiquette goes wrong? In this video, we'll explore some real-life cases of poor email etiquette, and learn why it is important to follow the rules of good communication.

What is the Effect of Onomatopoeia?

19. What is the Effect of Onomatopoeia?

This lesson will teach you about a fun writing technique: onomatopoeia. You will learn how to recognize and use it to increase the interest and excitement in your writing.

What is Cosmic Irony? - Definition & Examples

20. What is Cosmic Irony? - Definition & Examples

Cosmic irony sounds like a big concept but is actually something very human and understandable. The concept is used in ancient literature and modern media. In this lesson, you will learn the meaning of cosmic irony and read examples of its usage.

What Are Abbreviations? - Meaning, Types & Examples

21. What Are Abbreviations? - Meaning, Types & Examples

You might see or use abbreviations when you are reading, writing, listening and even speaking. Come and learn about what abbreviations are, the different types of abbreviations and some examples of abbreviations.

How to Write Abbreviations

22. How to Write Abbreviations

Abbreviations are commonly used in both formal and informal writing. In this lesson, we will focus on the appropriate use of abbreviations for formal, academic writing.

What is Faulty Parallelism? - Definition & Examples

23. What is Faulty Parallelism? - Definition & Examples

Faulty parallelism in writing can happen when using lists or pairs of words and phrases. Words or phrases should match in structure and format to avoid faulty parallelism and choppy writing. Learn more in this lesson.

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