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Ch 9: Parts of Speech & Writing Conventions

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The engaging video lessons in this chapter make it easy to grasp various parts of speech and writing conventions. Check your knowledge and enhance your preparations for an upcoming test by taking our short quizzes and practice exam.

Parts of Speech & Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary

Whether you want to refresh your understanding of different parts of speech and writing conventions or want to fill gaps in your existing knowledge, this entertaining chapter can help. Fun lessons closely examine nouns, pronouns, adjectives, articles and more. Completing this chapter will enable you to:

  • Define singular, plural and possessive nouns
  • List and describe types of pronouns
  • Share the definition of a personal pronoun
  • Describe the relationship between personal pronouns and antecedents
  • Provide examples of possessive pronouns and contractions
  • Differentiate between indefinite and definite articles
  • Discuss verb tense and subject-verb agreement
  • Compare and contrast adverbs and adjectives

This chapter is filled with a variety of study resources designed to ensure you gain full comprehension of these parts of speech and writing conventions. Our lessons are available around-the-clock in two formats: videos and transcripts. Each lesson features a short quiz you can take to assess your comprehension of the contents. Other resources include the chapter exam that offers a broader review of the lessons and the Dashboard that lets you track your progress through this chapter and submit lesson topic questions to our experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: Parts of Speech & Writing Conventions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Singular & Plural Nouns: Definitions, Rules & Examples

1. 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

2. 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 Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

3. 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

4. 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?

5. 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.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

6. 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.

Possessive Pronouns & Contractions: Definition & Examples

7. 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.

Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

8. Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

Watch this video lesson on indefinite and definite articles. Find out when you should use which type of article and when you shouldn't use any article at all.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

9. 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

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.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

11. 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.

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