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Basic English Grammar

Show your employer you mean business: earn a verifiable certificate in Basic English Grammar. Pay only $6.88, complete 42 lessons, take seven tests, and earn a passing grade for the course.

       

The Course

Module 1: Nouns and Pronouns
Plurals - Rules for spelling the plurals of nouns.
Possessives - Two techniques for forming possessive case.
Personal Pronouns - Guidelines for subjects and objects.
Indefinite Pronouns - Suggestions for matching number.
Relative Pronouns - Rules for use of relative pronouns.
Appositives - When to set them off with commas.

Module 2: Verbs and Verbals
Types - Action verbs and linking verbs. Assembling verb phrases.
Parts - A technique to remember principal parts, with participles.
Tenses - Review of six tenses, with auxiliary verbs.
Agreement - How to make tense agree, and when to make it different.
Irregular Verbs - Remembering forms and tenses via sound patterns.
Verbals - The use of gerunds, participles, and infinitives.

Module 3: Adjectives and Adverbs
Adjective Functions - Review of types that describe, identify, and quantify.
Adjective Comparisons - Overview of types that compare and rank.
Adverb Functions - A review of what adverbs modify, and how.
Adverb Forms - How adverbs are formed and defined.
Adverb Position - Where adverbs should be placed, and why.
Adverb Comparisons - How to use adverbs that compare and rank.

Module 4: Prepositions and Conjunctions
Preposition Functions - How they link a relationship to another word.
Preposition Necessity - When the written word should not match common speech.
Preposition Usage - An overview of idiomatic uses, with common examples.
Preposition Endings - Debunking the rule that's not really a rule.
Coordinating Conjunctions - Creating connections between independent clauses.
Subordinating Conjunctions - Creating connections with dependent clauses.

Module 5: Clauses and Punctuation
Noun Clause - How dependent clauses function as nouns in sentences.
Adjective Clause - How dependent clauses function as adjectives.
Adverb Clause - How dependent clauses function as adverbs.
Dependent Clause - Three rules for properly punctuating dependent clauses.
Comma - How to properly use the comma to isolate or to separate.
Colon - Four rules about when and how to use the colon.

Module 6: Sentences and Choices
Sentence Parts - Overview of subject, predicate, complement, and object.
Sentence Patterns - Introduction to the ten basic sentence patterns.
Sentence Descriptions - Four purposes; five structures; compound sentences.
Choose Clarity - How to spot and fix the four top problems with clarity.
Choose Consistency - Five ways to arrange your writing in parallel.
Choose Narrative - Three ways to change passive voice to active voice.

Module 7: Special Topics
Capitals - Important rules for when to capitalize words.
Abbreviations - How to properly abbreviate words, in four categories.
Quantities - Key guidelines about where to use digits or words.
Numbers - Overview of common errors in writing numbers with digits.
Time - Six rules about how to describe the time of day.
Money - How to write and punctuate numbers that represent money.

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