Business Grammar

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  • 10 Books | 36h 16m
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Using the Parts of Speech

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Using the Parts of Speech
Effective business writing is one of the most important communication skills in the workplace today. By writing well, using clear sentences and correct grammar, you can ensure your message is communicated to and understood by your intended audience. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true – poorly structured sentences can not only cause confusion, but may also damage your reputation. In this course, you’ll learn about the fundamental elements for better writing – the parts of speech. These are the building blocks of sentences, so learning about them can help you skillfully combine words into meaningful sentences. This course describes the eight parts of speech and shows how to use them effectively and correctly.
7 videos | 29m
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Getting the Details Right: Spelling Basics
Spelling errors are all too common, and are one of the main culprits behind poor business writing. A wrong letter here, an extra letter there, and your reader may lose confidence in your communication skills and overall competence as a professional. That’s why writing well doesn’t just mean writing persuasively – it also means knowing the rules, as well as the exceptions, of spelling. In this course, you’ll learn how to spell words with prefixes and suffixes, and how to form the plural and possessive forms of words. You’ll also learn general rules on how to spell correctly, as well as some handy tips for better writing in general.
7 videos | 28m
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Abbreviating, Capitalizing, and Using Numbers
Writing well is not just about constructing logical sentences. It also involves the correct use of abbreviations, capital letters, and numbers in your business writing. Knowing how to use them consistently is a strong asset to have as part of your communication skills. In this course, you’ll learn the basic rules of capital letters, abbreviations, and numbers. You’ll learn how to correctly abbreviate 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’ll explore other key elements for better writing – the forms and uses of numbers with dates and time, money, fractions, and symbols.
8 videos | 32m
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Using Punctuation Marks
Punctuation is the collection of marks used to separate sentences and their parts. Although appropriate punctuation is an undervalued part of your communication skills, it can make your business writing clear and less likely to be misinterpreted. In this course, you’ll learn the standard rules and guidelines for using punctuation marks, including the correct use of periods, question marks, and exclamation points. You’ll learn a crucial aspect of better writing that often causes much confusion – how to correctly use commas. The course includes rules for better writing such how to use different connecting and separating marks, like colons, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens. In addition, it shows how to properly use apostrophes, parentheses, brackets, and quotation marks.
7 videos | 29m
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Creating Well-constructed Sentences
Syntax is the grammatical term for arranging words to create logical phrases, clauses, and sentences. Well-constructed sentences express an idea by using the parts of speech in a logical order, and are essential for effective business writing. A misplaced modifier might get a chuckle out of the reader, but it reflects poorly on your communication skills. In this course, you'll learn some of the fundamentals for better writing – the parts of a sentence, such as the subject and predicate, as well as phrases and clauses. You’ll examine subject-verb agreement, as well as agreement between pronouns and their antecedents. You'll also discover some techniques for writing well, such as how to identify and fix common types of sentence errors.
8 videos | 33m
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Troublesome Words and Phrases: Usage Mistakes in Writing
The many nuances and conventions in the English language make it diverse and interesting; however, when it comes to writing well, they can also cause some difficulties. For better writing skills, you must familiarize yourself with some of the most common errors of usage. In this course, you’ll learn how to use commonly confused words correctly, including word pairs that sound alike and those that have related meanings. You’ll explore often misused verbs – for example, affect and effect or apprise and appraise – that can impede professional business writing. You’ll also learn some idiomatic combinations of verbs and prepositions that can be confusing and will put your communication skills to the test.
6 videos | 26m
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BOOKS INCLUDED

Book Summary

Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused
In Get a Grip on Your Grammar, author Kris Spisak presents common writing errors and how to fix them. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m
Book Authors By Kris Spisak

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Basic English Grammar For Dummies - US (For Dummies (Language & Literature))
Including plenty of examples, exercises, quizzes and self-tests, this plain-English guide sticks to the basics and makes it easy to get up and running on what you need to know to partake in successful everyday communication, no matter your audience or medium.
Book Duration 5h 35m
Book Authors By Geraldine Woods

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English Grammar Drills
Containing nearly 200 exercises to practice what you have learned, this helpful guide reinforces your knowledge and enhances your ability to read, write, and speak in English.
Book Duration 4h 57m
Book Authors By Mark Lester

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Grammar For Dummies: 1,001 Practice Questions
Whether you’re studying grammar at the high school level or just brushing up on your grammar skills, this book takes you beyond the instruction offered in a typical English grammar course and offers a hands-on understanding of grammar and its principles.
Book Duration 40m
Book Authors By Geraldine Woods

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Essential Grammar: A Write It Well Guide
Faulty grammar can slow you down and diminish your credibility as a business writer. The job-relevant exercises in this practical book will increase your confidence and help you present a professional image when you write for work.
Book Duration 2h 24m
Book Authors By Natasha Terk

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When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People: How to Avoid Common Errors in English
This comprehensive, easy-to-use reference is a program designed to help you identify and correct the most common errors in written and spoken English.
Book Duration 3h
Book Authors By Ann Batko, Edward Rosenheim

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Better Grammar in 30 Minutes a Day
Here's help for anyone who has something to say or write but has difficulty doing so. This self-paced guide features thorough coverage of key grammar skills, and clear explanations with a minimum of grammatical terms.
Book Duration 2h