- Practicing verb tense
- Using irregular verbs
- Using conjunctions
- Placing modifiers in the correct location
- Using adjectives vs. adverbs
- Using commas
- Using semicolons
- Avoiding dangling modifiers
- Achieving parallel structure
Skill Level Appropriate for all
- [Judy] My son, when he was first learning to speak, said, "Kevin and me want to play." My response, say Kevin and I want to play. Later, my son said, "Kevin gave this book to I." My response, say Kevin gave this book to me. Do you see where this is going? Do you ever feel that way? You learn a rule, apply it, and then someone points out that what you said or wrote is incorrect. You decide you just don't have that grammar gene.
Frustrating, isn't it? Some people just give up, but not you. Hi, I'm Judy and welcome to Practicing Advanced Grammar. Maybe you just completed my Grammar Fundamentals course or maybe you completed a while ago, or perhaps you decided to bypass the fundamentals and start with this more advanced course. In this course, we'll practice choosing correct words and locating incorrect grammar use in sentences and paragraphs. Everyone makes grammar mistakes, everyone. But just as with any skill, the more you practice the correct way, the more that correct way is reinforced until it becomes a habit.
Even though Jim Ryan, an American track and field athlete who medaled in the 1968 Olympic Games, was referring to running with this quote, it certainly applies here. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. You are definitely motivated, you've started the course. So let's get started on developing good habits to keep you going.