English Grammar Lessons
Writing can be tough. Unfortunately, even if you write a really interesting paper, readers will not want to read it if it is full of grammatical errors.
Below are several English grammar lessons that will help you improve the mechanics of your papers.
I cannot tell you how many times I have had a student write a paper that they insisted was the best paper they ever written. However when I went to read it, I had difficulty getting through the first couple of paragraphs and simply stopped reading it.
It is hard for readers to take you seriously as a writer and understand the message you are trying to convey as a writer, if your paper is full of grammatical errors.
Click here to see some common grammar mistakes writers make.
Are you making these same mistakes? If so, review the English grammar lessons below.
**Note: This page is not just a page full of links. Each of these pages below contains useful information that can help you become a better writer. How can you become a better writer if you do not know the basics? Some of this information may be things you already know. Review the pages that you truly know you struggle with.
- How to write a sentence:
This English grammar lesson reviews the basic structure of a sentence. After all, how can you write a 10-page paper when you do not know the necessary components of a sentence?
- Subject-verb Agreement:
After you have a true understand of how to write a sentence, you need to make sure that the subject of each of your sentences works with the verb. The subject and verb of a sentence must agree. For example you wouldn’t write “She go to the store.” Although that is an obvious example, do you know why you don’t write a sentence that way? Review this lesson to make sure you have a true understanding of this.
- Independent and Dependent Clauses:
This English grammar lesson will allow you to have a true understanding of what an independent and dependent clauses. It teaches you how to decipher between the two clauses and how they work together, so you prevent fragments in your writing.
- Comma Rules:
Avoid comma splices by learning the Ten Comma Rules. If you have a true understanding of independent and dependent clauses, you understand that you need commas to form more profound sentences.
- Punctuation exercises:
Experiences writers are pretty confident with the use of punctuation such as periods and question marks. However, test your knowledge of quotation marks, apostrophes and parentheses. This lesson includes sample exercises that are useful to writing-savvy individuals as well as ESL students.
- Adjective clauses:
What are adjective clauses? What use do they have? When should you use on in your sentence? Did you know that adjective clauses can create a more interesting paper to read? Review this lesson to learn how.
- How to write numbers:
Think you know how to write numbers in your writing? Think again! This English grammar lesson will teach you when to use the numerical representation of numbers and when numbers should be spelled out. Did you know that the placement of a number in your sentence determines if a number should be represented numerical or not? Review this lesson to be amazed.
- Transition Sentences:
A paper without transition sentences seems so disconnected. Learn how to use transition sentences and incorporate them in your writing, so readers can conclude how your ideas are all related.
- How To Use Quotes:
Stop summarizing the words of others and use direct quotes. Quoting other works in your writing builds your credibility as a writer. It also prevents you from summarizing information incorrectly. Quoting is easy to do if you know how to do it. Learn how to “sandwich” your quotes in this lesson.
- How to Write a Paragraph:
Do you struggle with your body paragraphs? Not sure how to format them? Learn the necessary components of a paragraph and how you can make yours convey the message you intend.
- Writing Notes or Annotating:
Reading and writing go hand in hand. If you are struggling with writing, you may also be struggling with reading. Besides, how can you write about something you read if you do not even remember what you just read? Learn some tips on how you can retain the information so you can effectively write about it later.
- MLA Paper Format:
If you have not gotten in the habit of writing EVERYTHING in MLA format, you need to. MLA format is a popular format that many professors require student papers to be in. As a rule of thumb, you should write every document in MLA format; no matter if you are writing a memo in the office or writing a 10-page research paper. Learn the easy process in this lesson.
I am aware that the above list may seem overwhelming.
Try to think of your writing improvement as a process, because it is something that will happen over time. There is no way you will be the best writer by tomorrow.
However, if you take steps towards learning new information or reviewing the areas you struggle in, then you are already on the path to becoming a better writer.
Take advantage of all of this FREE information and have patience!
If you have any questions about the English grammar lessons above,
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