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Do you know what the eight parts of speech are? Such a question probably brings back memories of dull grammar lessons in elementary school, where you first heard the term parts of speech. What's the point of learning these now? Being reminded of the functions of different parts of speech can help you write with more confidence. The parts of speech are the building blocks of sentences, so finding out about them can help you skillfully combine words into meaningful sentences. This course defines the functions of the eight parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, interjections, and conjunctions. In particular, it focuses on how to use them effectively, and correctly. And it provides special focus on nouns, adverbs, adjectives, and verbs, including verb tenses. When you have finished the course, you'll have the necessary building blocks to develop your writing skills.
  • recognize the parts of speech in given sentences
  • recognize the correct use of nouns in given sentences
  • recognize the correct use of adjectives and adverbs in given sentences
  • recognize the voice and mood of given verbs
  • match the sentences with the verb tenses they contain
Do you remember what prefixes and suffixes are? Do you know how to form plurals and possessives correctly in your business writing? Are you confident when it comes to spelling? This course explains how to use words correctly, including some key rules on how to spell correctly. It covers rules for properly constructing prefixes and suffixes. In addition, the course describes how to form plurals and possessives correctly. And it presents spelling rules and tips to help you become a better speller. Knowing the rules, as well as the exceptions, when it comes to details like these will make you a more confident writer and leave a good impression on your readers.
  • recognize how to correctly construct prefixes and suffixes
  • recognize how to form plurals correctly
  • identify examples of correctly formed possessives
  • recognize basic spelling rules that govern the spelling of given words
  • identify ways you can become a better speller
As you sit down to write your business messages, do you ever find yourself wondering whether a word should be capitalized or abbreviated? Or whether you should spell out a number rather than use a figure? Knowing the correct way to abbreviate, capitalize, and express numbers in your business messages goes a long way in helping you to present yourself as a reputable professional. This course presents the basic rules for using capital letters, abbreviations, and numbers. It covers abbreviations of titles, names, locations, and countries, as well as how to capitalize direct quotes, titles, names of organizations, and product names, among other elements. In addition, you will be introduced to the forms and uses of numbers with dates and time, money, fractions, and symbols.
  • recognize how to use abbreviations correctly
  • recognize examples that use correct capitalization
  • recognize the correct use of numbers in given examples
Do you know when to use commas in a sentence? Do you know when it's better to use a semicolon rather than a colon? And what's the difference between parentheses and brackets, or between the hyphen and the dash? Knowing the answers to these questions will ensure that you're using punctuation correctly in your business messages. And by doing so, you'll convey a professional image and inspire confidence in your work and in your company. In this course, you'll review the standard rules and guidelines for using punctuation appropriately. You'll start by reviewing how to correctly apply end punctuation, including the correct use and rules for periods, question marks, and exclamation points. You'll also find out how to correctly use commas, one of the most common punctuation marks. The course also describes rules for using different connecting and separating marks, such as colons, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens. In addition, it shows how to properly use apostrophes, parentheses, brackets, and quotation marks.
  • recognize examples of correctly applied rules for using end punctuation
  • recognize how to use commas correctly
  • identify sentences in which commas are misused
  • recognize how to use semicolons, colons, and dashes correctly
  • recognize how to use apostrophes, parentheses, brackets, and quotation marks correctly
People write sentences everyday in business. However, sometimes those sentences are not as well constructed as they could be. A misplaced modifier might get a chuckle out of the reader, but it doesn't help your reputation or that of your company. Nor does a run-on sentence, which can blur the meaning of your message and cause the reader to be confused and even annoyed. In this course, you'll review basic sentence construction, including how to develop sentences that are logical, clear, and powerful – the basis of any sound business document. The course examines the parts of a sentence – the subject and predicate, for example – and distinguishes between phrases and clauses. It shows the importance of subject-verb agreement, as well as agreement between pronouns and their antecedents. You'll also find out how to identify and fix some of the most common types of sentence errors.
  • recognize the parts of a sentence
  • identify phrases and clauses in given sentences
  • identify sentences that have the correct subject-verb agreement
  • recognize examples of pronouns and antecedents that agree in person, number, and gender
  • recognize how to fix sentence fragments
  • recognize how to fix comma splices and run-on sentences
  • identify the sentences with misplaced or dangling modifiers
When do you use who's or whose? And when should you choose less rather than fewer? Understanding the subtle variations in meanings of such words – ones that are often misused or confused – is important if you want to write clearly and professionally. This course describes how to use commonly confused words correctly, including word pairs that sound alike and those that have related meanings. It also covers verbs that are often misused – for example, affect and effect or apprise and appraise. In addition, the course reviews some idiomatic combinations of verbs and prepositions that can be confusing.
  • correctly use commonly confused word pairs
  • recognize the correct usage of commonly misused verbs and other words
  • recognize the appropriate idiomatic expression to use in given sentences
Generally taken near the end of a program, Final Exam: Business Grammar Basics enables the learner to test their knowledge in a testing environment.
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