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- Differentiate between independent and dependent clauses, and subordination and coordination.
- Avoid sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices.
- Identify a sentence's subject.
- Understand how to select subject and object pronouns.
- Describe the differences between first-person, second-person and third-person point-of-view.
- Learn how to ensure subject-verb agreement.
- Differentiate between coordinating and correlative conjunctions.
- Explain how to combine independent and dependent clauses.
- Identify parallel sentences.
- Describe ways to avoid 'mixed structure' sentences.
- Learn the proper use of 'who' and 'whom', and 'whose' and 'who's'.
- Explain whether gerunds are verbs or nouns.
- Understand the difference between direct and indirect objects.
1. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination
The independent clause, the simplest type of sentence, can be joined with dependent clauses or other independent clauses to add greater context. Explore dependent and independent clauses and how to use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.
2. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
Well-written documents are free of problems like fragmented sentences, comma splices, and run-on sentences. Learn about these grammatical issues, understand why they detract from the quality of written work, and explore ways to write documents that are grammatically correct.
3. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence
The subject is the main character of a sentence, while the verb is the action he/she is taking or the state he/she is in. Learn how to identify the subject and verb of a sentence, even in sentences with multiple subjects and verbs or written in passive voice, explore the different types of subjects, including simple subjects, complete subjects, compound subjects, and implied subjects, and check how to use pronouns.
4. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
A point of view is defined as the perspective that a work--such as a dialogue--is written. Learn about the differences between the first, second, and third point of view, and how to properly use and identify them in writing.
5. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns
Subject-verb agreement is when plural verbs are used with plural nouns and pronouns, and singular verbs are used with singular nouns and pronouns. Learn about uncommon group and singular nouns, indefinite pronouns, and how to use proper subject-verb agreement for grammatically correct writing.
6. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement
When a document includes incorrect verb tenses and/or subject-verb agreements, it reads poorly. Learn about these grammatical problems and explore ways to create written documents with proper verb tenses and subject-verb agreements.
7. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative
A word or certain pair of words that joins other words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence is called a conjunction, of which there are two types. Learn what conjunctions are, and explore the two types: coordinating and correlative.
8. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences
A parallel structure can make sentences, whether they are comparisons, lists, or conjunctions, sound better as each sentence maintains a consistent structure throughout. Learn about parallelism and how to write and identify parallel sentences.
9. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
Authors may accidentally change the structure of a sentence halfway through, creating a mixed sentence structure error. Learn about the rules of sentence structure and discover how to identify, correct, and avoid writing sentences with mixed structures.
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