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Grammar Essentials

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Grammar Essentials


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Course Description




One day class.

You learned the rules of grammar in school, but now you'd like to refresh and refine your grammar usage for your professional life. You need to state your ideas clearly and concisely in written communications and present yourself in a professional manner. In this course, you will review the rules of grammar, identify common grammar errors, and refine your business writing style.

Improving your grammar will help you deliver polished and professional written communications. Correct grammar and a refined, concise writing style can help you clearly express your ideas to others, streamline the directions and instructions that you deliver, and create impressive presentations and reports.

Course Objectives:


In this course, you will identify the elements of correct grammar for use in professional writing.

You will:

  • Examine nouns, pronouns, and verbs.
  • Identify adjectives and adverbs.
  • Identify prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
  • Identify some important rules of grammar and some commonly made grammatical errors.
  • Identify grammar rules regarding correct punctuation.
  • Identify problematic sentence fragments, run-ons, and comma splices, as well as effective methods of rewriting sentences so that they are clear and complete.
  • Identify methods for improving word choices.
  • Identify methods for building effective sentences.
  • Identify methods for editing text effectively.

Target Student:


This course is intended for working professionals in various job roles, both native and non-native English speakers, who use formal and informal written communications in the course of business, and who seek to improve their grammar usage.



To ensure your success, we recommend you have some level of work experience in any of a variety of organizational settings, and general end-user computer and Internet skills. You may wish to take either the following courses or have equivalent knowledge:

  • Using Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft® Office Word 2016: Part 1 (Desktop/Office 365®)

Course Content


Lesson 1: Identifying Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs


Topic A: Identify Parts of Speech

Topic B: Use Nouns

Topic C: Use Pronouns

Topic D: Use Verbs


Lesson 2: Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs


Topic A: Use Adjectives

Topic B: Use Adverbs


Lesson 3: Identifying Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections


Topic A: Use Prepositions

Topic B: Use Conjunctions

Topic C: Use Interjections


Lesson 4: Identifying Rules


Topic A: Monitor Sentence Structure

Topic B: Monitor Modifiers

Topic C: Avoid Common Errors


Lesson 5: Identifying Correct Punctuation


Topic A: Use Parentheses Correctly

Topic B: Use Commas, Semicolons, Colons, Em Dashes, and Quotation Marks Correctly

Topic C: Use Numbers, Symbols, and Capitalization Correctly


Lesson 6: Identifying Sentence Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices


Topic A: Identify and Resolve Sentence Fragments

Topic B: Identify and Resolve Run-ons and Comma Splices


Lesson 7: Improving Word Choices


Topic A: Identify Commonly Misused Words

Topic B: Identify Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms


Lesson 8: Writing Effectively


Topic A: Write with Purpose

Topic B: Consider the Audience

Topic C: Consider the Context


Lesson 9: Editing Effectively


Topic A: Use Correct Spelling

Topic B: Check Your Work


Appendix A: Commonly Misspelled Words