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Ch 4: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Pronouns & Antecedents

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Refresh your memory on pronouns and antecedents with the video lessons in this chapter. These lessons will get you ready for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing test.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Pronouns & Antecedents - Chapter Summary

This chapter uses a combination of video lessons and practice quizzes to help you go over pronouns and antecedents. Use these study tools to get ready for the multiple-choice and written assignment portions of the NES Writing exam. Lesson topics in this chapter include:

  • Definition of a pronoun
  • Reflexive, relative and interrogative pronouns
  • Contractions and possessive pronouns
  • Antecedents and compound antecedents
  • Number agreement with antecedents and personal pronouns

Use the video lessons to quickly brush up on grammar concepts you may not have studied in awhile. With the timeline tags, it's easy to skip the information you already know and focus on the areas where you might be a bit rusty. Get an idea of your proficiency level with the interactive quizzes that accompany each lesson.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Pronouns & Antecedents Objectives

Use these study resources to get up to speed for questions in the sentence formation and conventions of Standard Written English subareas of the exam. A good working knowledge of pronouns and antecedents will also be beneficial for the written portion of the exam.

The NES Writing test is used as part of the certification process for public educators. Expect to answer 36 multiple-choice questions and construct one written response. The multiple-choice portion of the exam accounts for 75% of your score, and the written assignment makes up the other 25%.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Pronouns & Antecedents
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

1. What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we'll learn about pronouns in general, and take a look at two types of personal pronouns: subjective case and objective case pronouns. Knowing which case of pronoun you'll need can help you avoid common pronoun errors.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

2. 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.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

3. 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.

Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

4. 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.

What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples

5. What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples

If you have a pronoun in a sentence, you'll also need to have an antecedent. In this lesson, find out what an antecedent is as well as some of the basic rules for avoiding vague pronoun references and for making sure that you have pronoun-antecedent agreement.

Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples

6. Compound Antecedents: Definition & Examples

You may know already that an antecedent and its pronoun must agree in number. In this lesson, you'll learn about compound antecedents and the various rules involving how they can be made to agree with pronouns.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

7. Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

In this lesson, you'll learn how to avoid one of the most common grammatical mistakes in writing by learning how to ensure that all of the antecedents in your writing agree in number with the pronouns that they're matched up with.

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