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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a writing mechanics unit of a standard NY Regents Exam - Comprehensive English course. Topics covered include:
- Capitalization rules
- Rules for using commas, colons, semicolons and periods
- Commonly confused English words
- Question marks, brackets, dash, ellipsis, apostrophe, hyphen and other punctuation marks
- Homonyms and homophones
1. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
6. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)
Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.
7. What is a References Page? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson you'll learn what a References page is, and how to create one. You'll also find out how a References page is formatted and learn some tips that will ease the process.
8. Stylistic Devices: Definition & Examples
Do you use stylistic devices on a daily basis? I bet you do! In this lesson, we'll learn about stylistic devices through definitions and examples so that we can better identity and use them in our daily lives.
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Other chapters within the Comprehensive English: Help and Review course
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- Sentence Structure: Understanding Grammar: Help and Review
- Usage in English: Help and Review
- Organization: Help and Review
- Essay Basics: Types of Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Basics: Writing an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Development & Planning: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay: Help and Review
- Writing Structure & Organization: Help and Review
- Reading & Understanding Essays: Help and Review
- Interpreting Theme & Meaning: Help and Review
- Figurative Language: Help and Review
- Examples of Literary Analysis: Help and Review