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Ch 11: SAT Writing - Grammar and Usage: Tutoring Solution

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The Writing - Grammar and Usage chapter of this SAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about grammar and usage. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all the grammar and usage topics required for the SAT exam.

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  • Begin your review or other SAT preparation work.
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  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
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  • Struggle with understanding the parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, parallel structure, punctuation or any other grammar and usage topic
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  • Find themselves struggling with grammar and usage
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Learning objectives

  • Learn the principles behind subject-verb agreement.
  • Correctly use commas and other forms of punctuation.
  • Avoid sentence fragments and faulty collective ownership.
  • Explain the differences between dependent and independent clauses.
  • Correctly use the different types of pronouns.
  • Define and avoid using dangling and misplaced modifiers.
  • Understand and write parallel sentences.
  • Write in the active voice.

14 Lessons in Chapter 11: SAT Writing - Grammar and Usage: Tutoring Solution
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How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

3. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

4. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

5. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

6. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

7. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

8. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

9. 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?

10. 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.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

11. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

12. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

Intransitive Verb: Definition & Examples

13. Intransitive Verb: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll review the definition of a verb. Then, we'll look closer at action verbs and the two main types of these action verbs. Finally, you will be able to determine the difference between a transitive verb and an intransitive verb.

Gerund: Phrases & Examples

14. Gerund: Phrases & Examples

What is a gerund? What is a gerund phrase? How do I use them in my writing? Watch this lesson to find out how to use this useful and versatile part of speech in your writing.

Chapter Practice Exam
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