- Differentiate between making nouns and pronouns possessive.
- Explore the differences between necessary and unnecessary prepositions.
- Explore the nuances of quotation marks rules and how to use quotation marks properly while writing.
- Identify when to use a serial comma to separate items in a list.
- Recognize how to use quotation marks after introductory phrases and how to use commas to separate independent clauses.
- Recognize that lowering the grade level of your writing can involves using shorter words and shorter sentences.
- Recognize the types of omissions that can create run-on sentence and explore methods for fixing fix run-on sentences.
Skill Level Beginner
- I often hear from people who tell me they were traumatized by getting back papers in school that were covered in red ink. They just couldn't seem to learn the rules. But good writing isn't just about rules! Sure, rules are important, and we'll talk about some of the big ones today, but it's also about thinking like a writer and empathizing with your reader. I'm Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, and I've been helping people write better for more than 13 years through my award-winning podcast and best-selling books. In this course, I'll walk you through some of the most common questions I get about writing, including how to write in active voice, how to use commas and quotation marks like a pro, how to write strong conclusions, and much more. I will pass on the best tips I know to quickly improve your writing and help your readers better understand what you're trying to say. So join me, and I promise, no red ink! (laughs)