Workplace Writing 101 - Grammar Review

A thorough review, from proper use of parts of speech to special topics important to writing correctly at work.

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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.

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.

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.

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 loose connections between clauses.

Subordinating Conjunctions - Creating tight connections between clauses.

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 Clauses - Four ways to properly punctuate 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.

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.

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.