Ch 20: Noun & Verb Usage in the English Language

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Master subject-verb agreement for even the trickiest nouns and pronouns with the help of these video lessons and quizzes. Rules for using possessive nouns, reflexive pronouns, auxiliary verbs and infinitives are just some of the topics covered by our instructors.

Noun & Verb Usage in the English Language - Chapter Summary

Begin your review of noun and verb usage with lessons outlining the differences between singular and plural nouns, possessive nouns and collective nouns. You'll find similar instruction in the use of various pronoun types, including personal, relative and reflexive pronouns, along with a lesson explaining pronoun-antecedent agreement.

Verb forms are the focus of this chapter's second half. Review the uses of action, linking and auxiliary verbs as well as participles and infinitives. You'll also take another look at how to make subjects and verbs agree, regardless of which tense they're written in, and re-examine the use of adjectives and adverbs. Lessons cover the following topics:

  • Noun and pronoun types
  • Pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Verb types and forms
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Subject-verb agreement

Our instructors' teaching style makes reviewing noun and verb usage fun, regardless of whether this is an area you're already familiar with or one that would benefit from a little extra study time. In addition to entertaining videos lasting under ten minutes each, you'll find self-checking quizzes that link back to the lesson content as well as transcripts useful for identifying important grammar vocabulary terms.

18 Lessons in Chapter 20: Noun & Verb Usage in the English Language
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What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

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

A noun is a part of speech that identifies a person, place, thing, or idea. In this lesson, in addition to learning how to identify nouns, you'll learn the difference between proper and common nouns and a bit about how nouns function in sentences.

Singular & Plural Nouns: Definitions, Rules & Examples

2. Singular & Plural Nouns: Definitions, Rules & Examples

This video takes a look at how singular nouns are turned into plural nouns. Check it out to learn about regular and irregular plurals as well as important definitions, rules, and exceptions.

What Are Possessive Nouns? - Examples, Definition & Types

3. What Are Possessive Nouns? - Examples, Definition & Types

This video explains what you need to know to use apostrophes to make singular and plural nouns possessive. You'll also learn how to avoid mixing up your plurals and possessives.

What Are Collective Nouns?

4. What Are Collective Nouns?

In this lesson, you'll find out what collective nouns are as well as how to ensure that you're using the right verbs and pronouns in sentences that contain them.

What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

5. 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

6. 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?

7. 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.

Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples

8. 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.

Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

13. 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.

Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

14. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

15. 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.

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

16. 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.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

17. 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.

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

18. 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.

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