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Ch 8: TACHS: Sentence Structure & Word Usage

About This Chapter

Proper sentence structure and word usage will be critical when writing papers in high school. This course will review the best techniques to use, and help you prepare for the TACHS exam.

TACHS: Sentence Structure & Word Usage - Chapter Summary

Simple errors in grammar are a stumbling point you will want to avoid throughout high school and college. This set of video lessons is designed to help you remember the fundamentals of the English language as well as provide a preview of the material you will see on the TACHS exam. Topics covered will include the following:

  • Correcting grammar errors
  • Singular vs. plural pronouns
  • Subject verb agreement
  • Avoiding certain shifts in mood and voice
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers

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TACHS: Sentence Structure & Word Usage Chapter Objectives

The TACHS is given to students preparing to enter a Catholic high school in any of the five boroughs of New York City. Questions about sentence structure and word usage will pop up on the Language section of the exam. All questions on this test are in multiple-choice format.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: TACHS: Sentence Structure & Word Usage
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Grammatical Error: Examples & Corrections

1. Grammatical Error: Examples & Corrections

Some people consider grammar to be a dry or unimportant topic, but don't believe the hype! Grammar is important, and it can be fun with the right approach. Grammar rules help you communicate clearly and efficiently, and they'll help you put your best foot forward when it comes to your written work.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

2. 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.

Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

3. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

It's sometimes not completely clear at first whether a singular or plural pronoun is necessary in a sentence. This lesson covers those confusing situations and explains how to be sure that you're using the right pronoun.

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.

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.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

6. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

7. 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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

8. 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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