Write and edit better starting today. Gain confidence in your writing. Improve your communication skills. This course will reinforce the rules you learned in school and teach you some you didn't. 
Good grammar doesn't make good writing, but good writing demands good grammar. Whether you're a student or a professional, a career changer or a job seeker, Effective Grammar will equip you to write more effectively from day one.
You'll learn it all—from grammar basics to more advanced concepts like parallelism and agreement to the finer points of capitalization and punctuation. After completing this certificate, you'll be a master of commas, complete sentences, common sense writing, and more. 
Put an end to grammar mistakes that detract from your work. The grammar knowledge you'll gain will contribute to whatever kind of writing you produce. Everything you learn will elevate your communication skills and help you present polished, professional writing every time. 

CEUs/ILUs: 3.2
Length (in hours): 32


Unit 1

Parts of Speech

  • Verbs, Nouns, and Pronouns
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections

Unit 2

Mixed-up Words

  • Homophones 
  • Contractions vs. Possessive Pronouns
  • Other Confusables

Unit 3

Contractions and Possessives

  • Common Contractions
  • Regular Possessives
  • Irregular and Unusual Possessives

Unit 4

Subjects and Predicates

  • Getting to Know Subjects and Predicates
  • Predicate Basics: Action Verbs and Linking Verbs
  • Compound Predicates and Verb Phrases
  • Subject Basics: Nouns and Pronouns

Unit 5

Sentence Fragments

  • Missing Subject
  • Missing Predicate
  • Understanding Clauses
  • Fragment Clues
  • Acceptable Sentence Fragments

Unit 6

Run-on Sentences

  • Punctuation Fixes
  • Punctuation Plus Conjunction
  • Rewriting

Unit 7

Standard Verb Forms

  • Person and Number
  • Tense, Voice, and Mood
  • Power of Verbs
  • Simple Tenses
  • Perfect Tenses

Unit 8


  • Personal Pronouns
  • Compounds and Partners
  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Other Pronoun Groups

Unit 9


  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Singular or Plural?
  • Between Subject and Verb
  • Here, There, and It
  • Pronoun-Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Unit 10

Shifts in Person, Tense, and Structure

  • Shifts in Person and Tense
  • Lack of Parallel Structure
  • Other Structural Shifts

Unit 11

Clarity, Concision, Diction, and Logic

  • Syntax and Modifiers
  • Faulty Reference
  • Wordiness
  • Diction and Logic

Unit 12

Capitalization and Punctuation

  • Capitalization Rules
  • End Punctuation
  • Internal Punctuation
  • Other Punctuation Marks
  • Quotation Marks

Next start date

Feb 7 – Apr 1, 2022