Ch 8: Praxis I Writing: Grammar

About This Chapter

Let us sharpen your knowledge of grammar. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will teach you the skills needed to answer grammar questions correctly on the Praxis I Core Academic Writing test.

Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Grammar - Chapter Summary

Grammar can be an intimidating subject, and trying to remember every rule may seem overwhelming. The video lessons in this chapter address the following grammar issues:

  • Nouns and pronouns
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Verbs and verb tense
  • Subject-verb agreement

A solid understanding of grammar can make you a more efficient and confident writer and communicator. Instructors will simplify grammar definitions and usage rules in a fun and engaging lesson format.

Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Grammar Objectives

The Praxis I Core exam is taken by applicants for teacher certification and students applying for admission to teacher education programs. Language and Research Skills for Writing is the section of the Praxis I Core Academic Writing exam that includes grammar questions. This section has a total of 28-34 multiple choice questions. The questions dealing with grammar involve reading a sentence and determining whether or not underlined portions of the sentence contain grammatical errors. Some of the question types require you to fix grammatical errors by choosing the correct answer from a list of options.

While the questions about grammar will assess your knowledge of the subject, the focus is on your ability to apply grammar rules. As you approach the lessons in this chapter, it may be helpful to remember that you won't have to memorize grammar terms or definitions to answer questions on the exam. You can focus on understanding the practical application for the content of each lesson and use the self-assessment quizzes to practice accurately and efficiently answering questions like the ones you'll see on testing day.

17 Lessons in Chapter 8: Praxis I Writing: Grammar
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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.

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

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.

What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

6. 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

7. 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?

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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.

Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

12. 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

13. 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.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

14. 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

15. 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.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

16. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

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.

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