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Ch 7: Sentence Structure & Mechanics: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Sentence Structure and Mechanics chapter of this CAHSEE English Exam Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about sentence structure and mechanics for the CAHSEE Exam. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the concepts involving sentence structure and mechanics required in a typical CAHSEE English Exam review course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other CAHSEE English Exam work.
  • Identify the sentence structure and mechanics concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our CAHSEE English Exam tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn sentence structure and mechanics and earn passing scores on the CAHSEE Exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding dependent and independent clauses, subject-verb agreement, parallelism, capitalization rules or any other sentence structure and mechanics topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English learning and exam review
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their sentence structure and mechanics review unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead on the CAHSEE English Exam
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning sentence structure and mechanics simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live English tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between independent and dependent clauses.
  • Avoid run-on sentences, sentence fragments and comma splices.
  • Identify the subject of a sentence.
  • Learn the rules for selecting subject and object pronouns.
  • Understand how to ensure subject-verb agreement.
  • Take a look at different types of complex subject-verb agreement.
  • Examine the different types of conjunctions.
  • Learn how to combine independent and dependent clauses.
  • Identify and write parallel sentences.
  • Avoid mixed structure sentences.
  • Understand the proper use of 'who', 'whom', 'whose' and 'who's'.
  • Define gerunds.
  • Differentiate between direct and indirect objects.
  • Become familiar with capitalization rules.
  • Learn the correct usage of different types of punctuation marks.
  • Discuss commonly confused words in English.
  • Be able to spell homonyms and homophones.

25 Lessons in Chapter 7: Sentence Structure & Mechanics: Tutoring Solution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

1. 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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

2. 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.

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

3. 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.

Selecting Subject & Object Pronouns: Rules & Examples

4. Selecting Subject & Object Pronouns: Rules & Examples

Discover the difference and usefulness of two different types of pronouns. Learn how to use subject pronouns and object pronouns effectively in writing.

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

5. 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

6. 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.

Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

7. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.

Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

8. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

Conjunctions are parts of speech that join together other words, phrases and clauses in sentences. Learn all about two types of conjunctions - coordinating and correlative - in this lesson.

Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses

9. Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses

Clauses are a great mystery to many people when dealing with our written language. Watch this video lesson to discover clauses and also to learn how to combine clauses correctly.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

10. 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.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

11. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

Who, Whom, Whose & Who's

12. Who, Whom, Whose & Who's

Many people misuse 'who', 'whom,' 'whose' and 'who's.' Watch this video lesson to not only learn the difference between these confusing words but also how to use each one correctly.

Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?

13. Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?

Take a closer look at the verbs and nouns we use in everyday language to help you understand gerunds. Watch this video lesson to learn the exact nature of gerunds and their purpose in writing.

The Difference Between Direct & Indirect Objects in Sentence Structure

14. The Difference Between Direct & Indirect Objects in Sentence Structure

Mixing up direct and indirect objects could drastically affect sentence structure. Watch this video lesson to finally learn how to differentiate between direct and indirect objects and also how to use each correctly.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

15. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

16. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

17. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

18. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

19. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

20. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

21. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

22. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

23. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

24. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

25. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

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