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Word Choice & Usage in English - Chapter Summary
With help from this entertaining chapter, you can gain greater insight into the basics of word choice and usage in English. Bite-sized lessons closely examine coherence in writing, parallelism, point of view and much more. Completing this chapter will enable you to:
- Write with good diction to develop point of view, style and tone
- Showcase an understanding of active and passive voice
- Define and describe an idiom
- Identify errors in idiomatic expressions
- Discuss why using precise language in writing is important
This chapter makes the study process engaging by offering two ways to review the lessons. Feel free to watch entertaining videos that average 8 minutes each or review full transcripts you can print or read online. Each lesson is paired with a short quiz you can take anytime to gauge your understanding of concepts covered. Our practice test offers the opportunity to determine your knowledge of the entire chapter.
1. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
2. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.
3. Active and Passive Voice
You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.
4. Coherence in Writing: Definition & Examples
Have you ever wanted to make your writing more logical, unified, and consistent? What you are looking for is to improve the coherence in your writing. This lesson will give you tips and examples for making your writing more coherent.
5. 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.
6. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples
Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.
7. How to Identify Errors in Idiomatic Expressions
You use idioms constantly. They are a dime a dozen! But what are they? How do you know if you've used one incorrectly? Watch this video lesson to soothe all your concerns about idioms.
8. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
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