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Learn Grammar the Easy Way (Part 2)


Do you know which sentence in each pair below is correct?

The fireworks against the black sky made a dramatic affect.

The fireworks against the black sky made a dramatic effect.

Neither Bob nor Tom was ready for the test.

Neither Bob nor Tom were ready for the test.

Its cold.

It's cold.

Casey and me went to the fair.

Casey and I went to the fair.

Misusing homonyms, pronouns, and words like effect and affect cause many sentence errors. Many times, people will select the wrong word. Also, errors in subject-verb agreement are common, too. People have trouble deciding when the verb should be plural or singular (were or was). As a result , their writing looks less than polished and their work appears less credible to the reader.

In this course we'll take a look at common word selection and grammar problems.

As students go through exercises and readings, the instructor is always available for tutoring through e-mail.

The book used is "The Classic Guide to Better Writing" by Rudolph Flesch. (ISBN: 0062730487). Itis available through


After taking this course, students will:

  • Understand what a homonym is and be aware of the need for proper usage
  • Be able to identify and fix a subject-verb mismatch
  • Be able to identify and fix common pronoun problems
  • Understand the difference between usage in certain word pairs (such as affect/effect, ensure/insure, etc.)
  • Assessment

  • Self-quizzes in their book
  • Instructor-initiated exercises
  • Self Test at end of course
course quick facts
course code DED402-B
cost $69.00
estimated time to
complete course
20 Hours
course materials
2 Weeks

A freelance writer with over 1000 published articles, Elsie Walker has written for a variety of publications, including: Women's Circle, College Bound, Fiddler Magazine, and Women Alive! She has written for Recorder Publishing and Gannett Publishing; however, presently, Elsie writes for several New Jersey newspapers: The NJ Herald, Black River News, The Mt. Olive weekly, and Hackettstown Weekly. Elsie is as well a technical writer who specializes in user guides, a type of technical writer who takes information and translates it into easy-to-understand text for the layperson, and has written user guides for Prudential Healthcare and ADP.