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MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Grammar & Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter explore grammar and writing conventions, including parts of speech, articles, and clauses, that you should be familiar with before taking the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature exam. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:
- Independent and dependent clauses
- Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
- The subject of a sentence
- Verb tense and subject-verb agreement
- Capitalization rules
- Sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences
Short, engaging video lessons walk you through each subject, and knowledgeable instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. The jump feature under the Timeline tab allows you to skip directly to main subjects within the video lessons. Visit your dashboard to track your progress through the course.
1. What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview
In this lesson, we'll look at the grammatical structure of the English language. What are the basic parts of speech that make up the building blocks of sentences? Keep reading, and you'll see!
2. 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.
3. What Are Articles in English Grammar? - Definition, Use & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore three very small but important words in the English language: the articles a, an and the. These are words that you use in almost every sentence that you speak or write. Learn about the significance of articles, when to use them and some examples.
4. 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.
5. Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples
A subject is an essential part of a sentence. This video explains the role that subjects play in sentences, how nouns work as subjects and the various types of subjects.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence
Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
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Other chapters within the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Practice & Study Guide course
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Media Literacy
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Media Presentations
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Reading Development
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Reading Instruction
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Reading Comprehension
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Informational & Persuasive Texts
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Technical & Functional Texts
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Fiction & Nonfiction
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Literary Drama
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Poetry
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: World Literature Characteristics
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Influences of World Literature
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Effective Listening
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Effective Speaking
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Effective Interpersonal Communication
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: The Writing Process
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Conducting Research
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Modes of Writing
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature Flashcards