Ch 16: Writing - Grammar and Usage: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Writing - Grammar and Usage chapter of this SAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master grammar and usage. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of grammar and usage.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material for the SAT will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to prepare for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding grammar and usage rules
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning writing skills (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about grammar and usage
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra writing resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the grammar and usage chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the grammar and usage chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about grammar and usage. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a grammar and usage unit of a standard SAT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Identifying the subject of a sentence
  • Understanding subject-verb agreement
  • Applying comma usage rules
  • Using colons and semicolons
  • Avoiding sentence fragments and run-on sentences
  • Understanding independent and dependent clauses
  • Identifying personal pronouns
  • Writing parallel sentences
  • Writing with idioms and phrasal verbs
  • Using active voice

17 Lessons in Chapter 16: Writing - Grammar and Usage: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

1. 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.

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

2. 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

3. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

4. 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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

5. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

6. 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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

7. 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.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

8. 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.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

9. Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

In this lesson, we'll look at relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns. We'll do this by antagonizing our friend Gary with the whos, whats, whoms, and whichevers that make up these pronouns.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

10. What Are Personal Pronouns?

Pronouns are great for making sure debaters don't have to keep repeating the other guy's name over and over again, but they have many other uses too! In fact, pronouns, you could say, make reading readable. In part one, we'll cover personal pronouns and how they're used before moving on to more esoteric varieties.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

11. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

12. 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.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

13. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

What is a Prepositional Phrase? - Definition & Examples

14. What is a Prepositional Phrase? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine the prepositional phrase, a grammatical tool that acts very much like an adjective or adverb. In other words, this type of phrase provides additional information about a noun or verb. Read on to learn how it works.

3rd Grade Vocabulary Words

15. 3rd Grade Vocabulary Words

In this lesson, we will learn some of the academic vocabulary words that are necessary for students to understand in a third grade English class. These words support both reading and writing skills.

5th Grade Vocabulary Words

16. 5th Grade Vocabulary Words

In this lesson, we will look at some specific terms that students will need to understand in the fifth grade in order to successfully process fifth grade English.

Implicature vs. Presupposition

17. Implicature vs. Presupposition

Speakers sometimes depart from typical language patterns. In this lesson, we will learn more about 'implicature' and 'presupposition' and examine some examples of each.

Chapter Practice Exam
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