The Building Blocks of English Grammar
It’s happened again. All you want to know is whether a comma belongs at a particular spot in a sentence, and the style guide you’re using talks about “introductory adverbial phrases” or “restrictive clauses.” Explanations of style and usage rules just assume that somewhere along the line, you learned the rules of grammar.
But if you’re like many people, even experienced editors, you were never formally taught grammar, or you’re shaky about the details. You feel you have a good instinct for what sounds right, and people have complimented your writing, but when it comes to editing what someone else wrote, you want to be able to say more than “it sounds better my way.”
Join Wendalyn Nichols, the editor of Copyediting, for a down-and-dirty tour of the core grammatical concepts you need to know. She’ll illustrate each concept with examples of common errors to watch out for, and share tips for figuring out what’s going on in a sentence (for example, when you can’t tell whether outsourcing is a verb, a noun, or an adjective). This is the audio conference to attend if you were sick the week they taught participles in school, or if you find yourself wondering too often whether a verb should be singular or plural.
Here's What You'll Learn
- How grammar is different from style and usage
- How to identify the parts of speech
- How to identify the parts of verb structures
- The basic elements of a sentence
- The difference between a phrase and a clause
- What “agreement” means, along with typical agreement errors
- Where to find the best grammar resources