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Ch 13: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Grammar Errors

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Learn how to spot grammatical errors in a passage of text. Our lessons will help you brush up on the fundamentals of grammar so that you're prepared for similar questions on the NES Essential Academic Skills Writing exam, which replaced the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing test.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Grammar Errors - Chapter Summary

The short video lessons demonstrate how to identify grammatical errors and proper usage. Understanding basic grammatical rules can help you answer questions on the NES Essential Academic Skills Writing test for teacher certification. Here's an overview of topics taught in this chapter:

  • Subject-verb agreement and verb tense
  • Spotting verb tense and subject-verb agreement errors
  • Meaning of indefinite pronouns
  • Uncommon plural and singular nouns and pronouns
  • Compound subjects, inverted order and interrupting phrases
  • Singular and plural pronoun errors
  • Verb voice and mood shift

This chapter on grammar errors is taught by experts who infuse fun into their engaging lessons. Whether you're skimming the lesson transcripts, reading the instructor's bio or viewing the video lessons on your mobile device, mastering this subject doesn't have to be complicated.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Grammar Errors Chapter Objectives

Individuals seeking teacher certification in New Mexico will find 36 multiple-choice questions (75% of test score) and one written assignment (25% of score) on this 75-minute NES Essential Academic Skills Writing exam. The computerized test has three competency areas; this one on standard written English mechanics, grammar and usage assesses what you've learned in the Grammar Errors chapter.

In general, you'll need to spot and correct errors in the usage of verbs and pronouns. On a written passage with multiple answers, you'll need to identify the grammatical error in a marked word. If the test sounds too intimidating, don't fret! The self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson are one of the best tools to use to gauge your mastery of the material and see where you need to place more effort.

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Grammar Errors
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Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

1. 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.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

2. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

3. 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.

Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

4. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

5. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

What is an Indefinite Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

6. What is an Indefinite Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

When we are using a pronoun that is inclusive or non-specific, it is called an indefinite pronoun. In this lesson, we will further define indefinite pronouns and see how they are used in sentences.

Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

7. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

It's sometimes not completely clear at first whether a singular or plural pronoun is necessary in a sentence. This lesson covers those confusing situations and explains how to be sure that you're using the right pronoun.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

8. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.

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