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Ch 5: SAT Writing: Standard English Grammar

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This chapter explores standard English grammar concepts you could encounter in the writing section of the SAT test. Review engaging video lessons, and gauge how much you understand by taking short quizzes.

SAT Writing: Standard English Grammar - Chapter Summary

Before taking the writing section of the SAT test, it's a good idea to examine concepts you could see on the day the exam. In this chapter are lessons covering standard English grammar. Once you've explored these lessons, you will understand how to:

  • Use commas correctly, and follow basic comma rules
  • Avoid confusion in clauses and contrasting sentence parts when using commas
  • Punctuate correctly using colons, semicolons and periods
  • Recognize sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences
  • Identify errors in sentence structure, subject-verb agreement and agreement for nouns and pronouns
  • Pinpoint errors in adjectives, adverbs, nouns, agreement, comparison, correlation and parallelism
  • Compare adjectives and verbs, and identify errors of verb tense
  • Describe misplaced modifiers and dangling modifiers

Feel confident that you fully understand standard English grammar by taking advantage of the resources in this chapter. Lessons are available as videos with fun visual effects and full transcripts with easily identifiable vocabulary words. Watch these lessons in any sequence and as often as you'd like from your computer or mobile devices. At any time, gauge your comprehension by taking lesson quizzes and a chapter exam.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: SAT Writing: Standard English Grammar
Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Identifying Errors in Sentence Structure

5. Identifying Errors in Sentence Structure

There are many rules detailing how to build sentences. One mistake can change how a sentence is understood. This lesson discusses how to avoid some common errors in sentence structure.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

6. 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 in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns

7. Identifying Errors in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns

Agreement does not just mean sharing the same opinion. In grammar, agreement means so much more. Watch this video lesson to learn how agreement works in our sentences.

How to Identify Errors in Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns & Agreement

8. How to Identify Errors in Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns & Agreement

All sentences must have agreement. But what does that mean? How do you make words agree? Watch this video lesson to learn the answers to all your questions on agreement.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

9. 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.

How to Identify Errors in Comparison, Correlation & Parallelism

10. How to Identify Errors in Comparison, Correlation & Parallelism

Ever write something that sounded just a bit off? You might be making simple errors with comparison, correlation and parallelism. Watch this video lesson to learn about these concepts and how to avoid misusing them.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

11. 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.

Identifying & Correcting Clause Errors: Strategies & Examples

12. Identifying & Correcting Clause Errors: Strategies & Examples

This lesson explores clause errors. We'll start with a refresher on what clauses even are and the different types of clauses. Then, we'll move on to different types of clause errors and how to correct them.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

13. 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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

14. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.

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