28 Grammar Tutorials

These Grammar tutorials are written by experienced educators, all of whom also offer private tutoring lessons. Get the Grammar help you need, whether through these tutorials or through private tutoring lessons.

They’re over There, and Their Grammar, I swear!

Do YOU know the difference between they’re, their, and there, and whether these homophones are used correctly in written communication? It may seem like a silly question, but when I open a letter, a document, or even a newspaper, I often find the misuse of these three simple words, words that sound the same, but…

Literary Devices: Similes and Metaphors

Literary Devices can be used in many different ways and are often used when an author wants to stress the importance of something. Today’s topic is going to be on Similes and Metaphors. Both are comparisons but where they differ is the key to to understanding them! A simile is a comparison using the words…

Using “they” vs. “its”

This may seem like a no-brainer, but when you’re talking about people you refer to them as “they.” When you’re referring to a business, you use “its.” However, it starts to get dicey when you’re using collective nouns, for example, team. Correct: Scranton’s field hockey team won the world championship, so they got pizza after…

How to identify parts of a sentence

The study of grammar can be stress-free if students know the right questions to ask when analyzing or identifying parts of a sentence. The following tutorial will provide what questions to ask to identify the parts of a basic sentence.

Adjectives

When asked to deconstruct a sentence, you are being asked to find certain parts of speech within the sentence. In order to do this, one must be able to first recognize the various parts and understand what they mean and/or do.

Choosing Who or Whom

“Who” and “whom” are pronouns used to replace nouns either in questions or in relative clauses (subordinate clauses that describe nouns). It can be difficult to choose which to use in a sentence. Just remember, “who” is the subject form (WHO was at the party?) and “whom” is the object form (To WHOM should I…

How to Proofread Perfectly!

Even when you have a good idea of how to write an essay, you may often struggle with how your writing reads and looks. The best ideas can get low grades because of commas, misspelled words, and other minor problems. This guide will show you how to catch all these mistakes before you turn your…

Period, Comma, or Semi-colon

When is it appropriate to use a comma, period, or semi-colon? This is a question that most students I have encountered struggle with. They are often times used incorrectly, and this tutorial is designed to help identify when and where a semi-colon (also spelled semicolon), period, and comma should be placed for the most efficient…

What is Passive Voice and How Do I Avoid It?

Passive voice is used by many writers, but it is found by readers to be an annoying grammatical quirk. It’s wordy and confusing. And although it is used by some writers to sound smart, usually you are just made to sound robotic and distant. How can it be avoided by you? Let that be found…

Use of the present participle in writing with a past tense verb

When we learn grammar rules for writing, we are often told that we must use parallel structure, which includes the use of same-tense verbs throughout our sentences. An example of parallel verb structure would be: “Shelley read her book, cooked a lovely dinner, and cleaned the house before she went to bed for the night.”…

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