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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 live online workshops. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking .

This course is delivered in an online format that uses a combination of real-time, instructor-led (synchronous) video meetings and self-paced (asynchronous) learning within NYU’s online learning platform, and there are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion.

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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 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

Ideal for

  • Those who are interested in entering the copyediting field
  • Professionals who are seeking to polish their grammar and to improve their writing and editing skills

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  • Spring 2024

    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2024
    • Date

      Feb 29 - May 9
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Schweppe, Sarah
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    • May 2 – May 2
    • Thursday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Feb 29 – Feb 29
    • Thursday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Feb 29 – May 9
    • Self-Paced
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