Grammar Rules

Follow these basic grammar rules and read articles on prepositions, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, subject-verb agreement and more.
  • Verb Tenses | View Worksheet

    Learn the nine most common verb tenses, how to form them and the ways in which they are most commonly used.

  • First Person Pronouns | View Worksheet

    Learn about first person pronouns, writing types for which they are most appropriate and the correct usage of “I,” “me,” “we” and “us.”

  • Second Person Pronouns | View Worksheet

    Learn about the 2nd person pronouns, and discover why maintaining the same grammatical person in writing is important.

  • Third Person Pronouns | View Worksheet

    Learn about third person pronouns, the use of “he or she” and “they,” as well as gender distinction and neuter pronouns.

  • Singular Pronouns | View Worksheet

    Replace the noun with the pronoun to accurately use this part of speech; the result is a clearly formed and sensible sentence.

  • Interrogative Pronouns | View Worksheet

    Learn about the five interrogative pronouns, why they do not usually have an antecedent and why they are used only to ask questions.

  • Indefinite Pronouns | View Worksheet

    Learn about indefinite pronouns and how to use the correct form of verbs and personal pronouns with them to ensure subject/verb and antecedent/pronoun agreement occurs.

  • Collective Nouns | View Worksheet

    Learn about collective nouns, how to distinguish if they are singular or plural to select the appropriate forms of verbs and pronouns referring to them.

  • Prepositions for Time, Place and Introducing Objects | View Worksheet

    Write and use prepositions with confidence and accuracy. Read on to discover how to use prepositions of time, place and when introducing an object.

  • Ending a Sentence With a Preposition | View Worksheet

    Brush up your preposition knowledge, and prevent yourself from making the mistake of ending any of your sentences with prepositions.

  • What Is the Difference between Regular and Irregular Verbs? | View Worksheet

    Learn about the different types of irregular verbs, how to learn them and whether text is a regular or irregular verb.

  • Avoiding Shifts in Verb Tense | View Worksheet

    Learn about the importance of maintaining a consistent verb tense, and review some examples of switching verb tenses in the middle of a sentence.

  • Appositives | View Worksheet

    Find out about the appositive, a phrase that helps describe or define another noun, and how to use it in a sentence with appropriate punctuation.

  • Helping Verbs: The Main Verb’s Assistant | View Worksheet

    Learn the difference between primary and modal helping verbs, and how these verbs provide additional meaning and define the tense of action of the verb.

  • Action Verbs | View Worksheet

    Discover how action verbs add power and passion to what you write, and learn how to replace overly used verbs with more descriptive action ones.

  • Subject/Verb Agreement | View Worksheet

    Understand the mechanics of subject/verb agreement, and learn this grammar point with specific examples of how to employ it in grammatical sentences.

  • Run-On Sentences at Length | View Worksheet

    Learn how to recognize run-on sentences and correct them, so your readers recognize your writing skill instead of discounting it because of punctuation errors.

  • Active Voice | View Worksheet

    Learn about the functions of the active voice and the passive voice and examine some examples of how to use each effectively.

  • Active Verb Tense | View Worksheet

    Learn about active verb tenses, and discover the difference between tenses and voice and how active tenses are used to write in an active voice.

  • Passive Voice | View Worksheet

    Learn more about passive voice with this simple guide, including tips on proper usage and reasons why instructors and other authorities often restrict it.

  • Passive Verb Tense | View Worksheet

    Learn about passive verb tenses and how they are used when writing in the passive voice to identify the time at which something occurs.

  • Articles | View Worksheet

    Learn about definite and indefinite articles, the correct use of “a,” “an” and “the” and when it is correct to omit articles in writing.

  • Comparatives and Superlatives | View Worksheet

    Learn about comparatives and superlatives as tools of comparison and how to create each by looking at the number of syllables and the spelling.

  • Linking Verbs | View Worksheet

    Learn about linking verbs, and discover an easy formula for deciding between linking/helping verbs and linking/action verbs when the verbs can function as both.

  • Commonly Confused Verbs | View Worksheet

    Learn more about the correct usage of commonly confused verbs, such as “lie versus lay,” “sit versus sat” and “rise versus raise.”

  • Direct and Indirect Objects | View Worksheet

    Learn how to recognize direct and indirect objects in sentences and how to recognize the difference between direct objects and subject complements.

  • Subordinate Conjunctions | View Worksheet

    Discover the two main purposes of subordinate conjunctions, how to recognize them and the proper construction of sentences that contain them.

  • Correlative Conjunctions | View Worksheet

    Learn about how correlative conjunctions connect the same type of elements and how to maintain parallel structure, antecedent-pronoun agreement and subject-verb agreement when using them.

  • Clauses and Phrases | View Worksheet

    Learn about clauses and phrases and how to tell the difference between the two by breaking down the sentence in which they appear.

  • Defining Clauses | View Worksheet

    Learn about defining clauses, the role that relative pronouns play in them and how to know when a clause is essential to retain meaning.

  • Double Negatives | View Worksheet

    Learn about double negatives, why you should avoid them in most cases and how they change the meaning of your words from what you intended.

  • Adjectives Versus Adverbs | View Worksheet

    Learn how to distinguish between adjectives and adverbs by determining which part of speech is modified or considering the context of the sentence.

  • Appositives | View Worksheet

    Learn about appositives, including how to punctuate them and different ways to use them to provide extra information about a noun, noun phrase or pronoun.

  • A Versus An | View Worksheet

    Learn about the indefinite articles of “a” and “an,” and discover how the sound of the word, not the spelling, determines which is used.

  • Demonstrative Pronouns | View Worksheet

    Learn about the demonstrative pronouns “this,” “that,” “these” and “those” and how to tell the difference between demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.

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