Grammar for Government 1030WRITG (3D)

Grammar for Government targets the most common and serious errors in workplace writing. This course uses a sentence-­‐composing to grammar. Instead of learning rules in isolation, you’ll use them right away in your own writing. You’ll also notice that this course is designed specifically for those who work in or with the public sector. Grammar for Government will help you write complete, correct, and clear sentences; use parallel structure; and avoid sentence errors. You’ll also review punctuation, capitalization, and commonly confused words—and much more.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Construct clear and correct sentences
  • Recognize when to use different sentence structures for different purposes
  • Understand and employ parallel structure
  • Avoid common errors by correctly applying rules and guidelines
  • Identify subjects and verbs
  • Recognize singular and plural subjects and verbs
  • Correct subject—verb agreement errors
  • Use pronouns correctly, including subject, object, and possessive pronouns
  • Determine if pronouns agree with their antecedents
  • Correct misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Employ current standard grammar and usage in writing
  • Punctuate, capitalize, and abbreviate correctly
  • Understand how to use references in the workplace


The course contains the following lessons:

  • Connecting Grammar to the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Understanding the Purpose of Grammar
  • Targeting Essential Rules
  • Creating Sentences to Learn
  • Using Sentence Patterns
  • Varying Kinds of Sentences
  • Writing Active Sentences
  • Creating Parallel Structure
  • Combining Sentences
  • Using Commas (Level 1)
  • Using Commas (Level 2)
  • Using Semicolons and Colons
  • Reviewing Subjects and Predicates
  • Forming Effective Subjects
  • Forming Effective Predicates
  • Making Subjects and Verbs Agree (Level 1)
  • Making Subjects and Verbs Agree (Level 2)
  • Making Pronouns and Antecedents Agree
  • Fixing Other Pronoun Problems
  • Using Modifiers
  • Correcting Run-­‐Ons and Comma Splices
  • Avoiding Fragments (Level 1)
  • Avoiding Fragments (Level 2)
  • Fixing Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
  • Fixing Incomplete Comparisons
  • Avoiding Ambiguous Wording and References
  • Fixing Rambling Sentences
  • Keeping Subjects, Verbs, and Objects Together
  • Working with Irregular Verbs
  • Using Consistent Verb Tense
  • Forming Possessives
  • Using Possessive Pronouns and Contractions
  • Avoiding Double Negatives
  • Removing Deadwood and Redundancy
  • Weeding Out Flowery Language and Triteness
  • Removing Jargon
  • Reviewing Usage (Level 1)
  • Reviewing Usage (Level 2)
  • Reviewing Usage (Level 3)
  • Understanding Editing
  • Using Editing Strategies
  • Identifying Editing