Bad Grammar: How to Edit Your Own Writing
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Bad Grammar: How to Edit Your Own Writing

Learn how to fix writing mistakes that even GOOD writers make
4.6 (17 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
303 students enrolled
Created by Anthony Garcia
Last updated 2/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to write with clarity so readers can understand your message
  • How to identify and fix grammar mistakes that give readers a headache
  • How to avoid verb ambiguity so readers aren't left thinking "huh?"
  • How to gain the trust of your readers by using the proper tone in your language
  • How to break the rules of English grammar for stylistic effects
  • How to please your audience by writing with elegance
Requirements
  • A basic understanding of English
  • A desire to be a better writer or a love of language and written communication
Description

People would sooner point out a grammar mistake than actually consider your ideas. Unfair.

But that's how people are.

It's an unfortunate predicament:

  • A good employee doesn't get promoted because the bad grammar in their emails, memos, and reports screams "unprofessional" and "untrustworthy."

  • An aspiring fiction writer loses readers because of a lack of structure and elegance.

  • A hard-working blogger can't grow an audience because the writing is littered with ambiguity and poor word choice.

  • A smart student gets a "B" on the paper instead of an "A" because run-on sentences and comma splices distract from the argument.

I won't even mention what happens with social media posts. But there's no need to worry...

After taking this course, you will begin to write with confidence and clarity. You will communicate your ideas more effectively, and take your writing to a whole new level.

Check out the preview lessons!


Course Overview

  • Module 1 - Mistakes of Sentence Structure

  • Module 2 - Mistakes that Create Ambiguity

  • Module 3 - Mistakes of Word Usage

  • Module 4 - Bonus Material

Let's get started!

Who this course is for:
  • Corporate writers
  • Bloggers
  • Authors
  • Blog writers
  • Marketing executives
  • College and university students
  • Journalists
  • Businesses
  • Book writers
  • Job hunters
  • Other writing teachers
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 02:18:04
+ Introduction
2 lectures 06:29

In this lecture, I explain the phrase "bad grammar" and the writing techniques you will learn in this course.

Preview 05:32
An Important Message About How to Use This Course
00:57
+ Module 1 - Mistakes of Sentence Structure
8 lectures 45:14

The sentence fragment is a common writing error, but did you know it can be used deliberately to enhance your prose style? This lecture gives a nuanced explanation of the sentence fragment.

How to Fix a Sentence Fragment - Finding the Missing Pieces So Readers Can Under
11:11

Decide whether each of the following examples is a complete sentence or a sentence fragment.

Sentence Fragments Quiz
8 questions

This lecture presents easy fixes for another common writing error: the run-on sentence.

How to Spot a Run-on Sentence - And What to Do About It
05:15

Determine whether each of the following examples is a correct sentence or a run-on sentence.

Run-on Sentences Quiz
5 questions

Just like a sentence fragment, the comma splice is one of the most common writing mistakes, but it's also used deliberately by good writers. Confusing? This lecture provides an explanation.

How to Fix Comma Splices, So Readers Won't Get Distracted
06:01

Select the correct answers.

Comma Splices Quiz
8 questions

This lecture explains how to avoid errors with subject-verb agreement that even good writers make. Easy-to-follow illustrations.

How to Detect Sneaky Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement - Even Good Writers Ma
07:22
Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz
8 questions

This lecture talks about why you need to be careful when using the words, "What," "All," and "None."

Be Careful When Using "What," "All," and "None" as Subjects
02:04

Every writer should know how to write in parallel structure. This lecture explains it and provides numerous examples.

How to Fix Nonparallel Constructions--This Enhances Reader Comprehension and Ple
05:42

Determine whether each of the following passages illustrates parallel structure.

Parallel Structure Quiz
5 questions

This lecture shows you how to avoid the common writing mistake called a dangling modifier.

How to Fix Danging Modifiers So Readers Aren't Left Hanging
03:56

Determine whether each of the following passages contains a dangling modifier.

Dangling Modifiers Quiz
5 questions

Can one word mess up a sentence? This lecture shows you what to be aware of when using the word "myself" in your writing.

How to Keep "Myself" from Messing up Your Sentence
03:43

Determine whether each of the following sentences illustrates conventional usage of the word "myself."

"Myself" Quiz
6 questions
+ Module 2 - Mistakes that Create Ambiguity
8 lectures 47:13

Personal pronoun reference sounds technical and boring, but this lecture shows you easy-to-follow illustrations of mistakes that even good writers make.

Problems with Personal Pronoun Reference: How to Avoid Ambiguity
06:43
Revision exercise
Practice with Personal Pronoun Reference
3 questions

This lecture teaches you how to avoid making fuzzy comparisons in your writing. This mistake is actually easier to make than you might think.

How to Avoid Making Fuzzy Comparisons
05:20
Practice fixing fuzzy comparisons.
Fixing Fuzzy Comparisons
3 questions

This lectures shows you how to fix the ambiguity that results when writers accidentally create squinting modifiers.

Preview 04:06

Identify the squinting modifier in each of the following sentences.

Squinting Modifiers Quiz
5 questions

Learn how to add clarity to your writing by avoid common problems when using the words "that" and "which."

How to Avoid Blind Spots when Using the Words "That" and "Which"
07:40

The lecture shows you how avoid a common pitfall when using the word "This." You might be surprised by how frequent this error of ambiguity occurs in writing.

The Ambiguous "This" - How One Simple Adjustment Can Save Your Readers a Lot of
06:15

This lectures talks about a very tricky mistake that writers make concerning verb ambiguity, but the examples will make the problem clear.

Preview 06:55

This written lecture shows you how to avoid problems of ambiguity when it comes to verbs and their objects. Don't worry about the jargon; the examples will make it clear.

How to Avoid Verb-Object Ambiguity
03:14

It seems like such a small focus: using the words "Not," "Only," and "Also." But the fact is that even experienced writers create ambiguity when using these words. Learn how to avoid these common mistakes in this lecture.

Pay Close Attention to Where You Place These Words: "Not," "Only," and "Also."
07:00
+ Module 3 - Mistakes of Word Usage
4 lectures 24:01

Learn how to avoid using informal language in formal contexts.

The Problem with Informal Language - And What to Do About It
06:18

It's common for writers to want to sound smart when they write. That can lead to many problems. This lecture shows you how to fix the problem of using "fancy language."

Preview 05:56

Here is a written lecture on some common issues that writers face when writing for an audience.

Some Questionable "Errors" You Need to be Aware of
04:40

Learn what to do about the problem of commonly confused words.

Watch Out for Commonly Confused Words - Your Readers Will Notice Every Time
07:07
+ Module 4 - Bonus Material
3 lectures 15:04

This lecture gives you specific tactics for editing and proofreading your work.

Editing and Proofreading Tips That Will Save You Time and Trouble
03:36

Some excellent resources to continue your learning.

The Best Grammar Books and Resources
01:40

This glossary gives you clear definitions of the grammar terms used in this lecture. Refer to this glossary if any of the terms used in this course were confusing or unfamiliar.

Glossary of Terms Used in This Course
09:48