Ch 12: Standard American English Grammar & Usage

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll review a handful of lessons that cover grammar and usage in Standard American English. The chapter's short lessons and practice assessments can help you boost your grammar skills for upcoming exams and written assignments.

Standard American English Grammar & Usage - Chapter Summary

Study the elements of Standard American English grammar with this engaging online study resource. The chapter's bite-sized lessons define and examine the usage of several grammatical elements, such as conjunctions, interjections, irregular plural nouns, antecedents and personal pronouns. You'll also look at grammar rules related to verb tense and number agreement. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define irregular plural nouns
  • Evaluate verbs in the irregular past tense
  • Recognize examples of the perfect tense
  • Teach students about subject-verb and verb tense agreement
  • Use number agreement for personal pronouns and antecedents
  • Describe the functions of conjunctions and interjections

When you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying quiz to practice applying your understanding of these English grammar and usage concepts. The chapter concludes with a multiple-choice exam, and our English experts are available to answer any questions you may have. These resources are available around-the-clock, and you can use any computer or mobile device to study.

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Standard American English Grammar & Usage
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Irregular Plural Nouns: Definition & Example

1. Irregular Plural Nouns: Definition & Example

Most English nouns follow a standard set of rules for becoming plural nouns. In this lesson, you'll learn about some nouns that break these rules, and the different ways they become plural.

What Are Irregular Past Tense Verbs?

2. What Are Irregular Past Tense Verbs?

The past tense of verbs are actions that have already been completed. Usually, verbs take the same form when they are in the past tense. Sometimes they take an irregular form. Some of these irregular past tense forms are easier to remember than others.

What is Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

3. What is Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

It's easy to recognize perfect tense because perfect tense verbs always contain a form of the auxiliary verb 'to have.' Verb tenses help writers establish time; they tell whether something occurred in the past, present or future.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

4. 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.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

5. 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.

Conjunction: Definition & Writing Examples

6. Conjunction: Definition & Writing Examples

Why do we need conjunctions? How are they useful in our writing? Read this lesson to unearth the answers to these questions and to discover the conjunction in a whole new way.

What is an Interjection? - Definition & Examples

7. What is an Interjection? - Definition & Examples

Interjections are emotional expressions used in writing. This lesson discusses the rules regulating the use of interjections and lists some of the common ones English speakers use to convey feelings.

Chapter Practice Exam
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