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Ch 11: MTLE Basic Skills: Writing Mechanics

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Let us help you study for the MTLE Basic Skills exam by reviewing sentence structure and grammar. Take the self-assessment quizzes to apply your knowledge.

MTLE Basic Skills: Writing Mechanics - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will review important information regarding the proper mechanics of writing. Study them so that you can feel prepared for these kinds of questions on the MTLE Basic Skills exam. You'll examine:

  • Mixed structure sentences
  • Sentence fragments
  • Run-on sentences
  • Usual grammar mistakes
  • Comma splices
  • Parallel sentences
  • Verb tense
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Personal pronouns
  • Types of pronouns, including reflexive and relative
  • Adjectives, nouns and adverbs
  • Correlatives and prepositions
  • Comparative and superlative form
  • Possessive pronouns and contractions
  • Negation errors
  • Commonly misunderstood words

The teacher-led lessons were designed to provide you with several methods for learning. Each lesson includes a short video to illustrate the material. The video's transcript is included as an excellent resource for taking notes. There are self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson. Take them to test your knowledge and see how questions may appear on the exam.

17 Lessons in Chapter 11: MTLE Basic Skills: Writing Mechanics
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Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

1. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

Find out what sentence fragments are and how to correct them. Learn the different ways sentence fragments can happen and how they relate to phrases as well as dependent and independent clauses.

Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

3. Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

Find out what run-on sentences are and how they can interfere with your writing. Learn about the different types of run-on sentences and how to correct them with punctuation, coordinators and subordinators.

Common Grammar Mistakes: Examples & Correction

4. Common Grammar Mistakes: Examples & Correction

Learn about common grammar mistakes and how to correct them. Find out why common mistakes in grammar happen, and then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

5. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

6. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

7. 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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

8. 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.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

9. 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.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

10. 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.

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

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

All sentences must have agreement. But what does that mean? How do you make words agree? Watch this video lesson to learn the answers to all your questions on agreement.

Using Prepositions and Correlatives

12. Using Prepositions and Correlatives

It's frustrating to hear 'because I said so,' but sometimes that's just the way it is. In this lesson, you'll learn two areas of grammar where you can't rely on patterns; you'll just have to memorize.

Comparative Form: Definition & Examples

13. Comparative Form: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what the comparative form is and how to use the comparative form to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Superlative Form: Definition & Examples

14. Superlative Form: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what the superlative form is, and how to use the superlative form to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

15. Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

In writing, many people get possessive pronouns and contractions confused. In this lesson, we'll discuss the differences between the two, as well as how to use apostrophes in order to form contractions.

How to Identify Errors in Negation

16. How to Identify Errors in Negation

Negation is an extremely important aspect of all communication. But what is it? Watch this video lesson to learn not only the meaning of negation, but how to avoid making common errors in your writing.

Commonly Confused Words in English

17. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

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