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Mastering English Grammar

A solid grasp of grammar is the foundational skill of copyediting and proofreading across all media. In this course, review the eight principal parts of speech, and gain an understanding of how they work together syntactically to form sentences. Topics include dangling modifiers, subject-verb and noun-pronoun agreement, misplaced punctuation, and run-on sentences. Learn how and when to use a copy editor’s most important tools—dictionaries and related grammar and style guides—to verify standard grammar and syntax. Advanced concepts are presented through onsite, hands-on workshops.

If you wish to be added to a wait list for this course, please contact the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at sps.cala@nyu.edu or (212) 998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A review of all parts of speech and their roles within sentences and paragraphs
  • Experience analyzing and parsing of sentences for agreement, punctuation, and various simple and complex constructions (simple, compound, restrictive/nonrestrictive clauses, danglers)
  • The ability to identify and correct grammar and syntax errors
  • An overview of reference texts for researching and verifying correct grammar and word choice

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