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Grammar Training Course

Chicago, Los Angeles

Carefully worded business communication is both purposeful and easily understood. The recipient of such communication should be able to understand the message without guessing at the writer's intent, transposing misplaced words or deciphering poorly constructed sentences.


Poor grammar is unprofessional and often associated with ignorance, laziness or haste. Error-riddled messages reflect poorly on yourself and your organization.

Onsite training available countrywide.

Course summary

Grammar Essentials

In this course, you will review the rules of grammar, identify common grammar errors, improve your use of punctuation, learn how to construct sentences, improve word choice, and refine your writing style. This will help you clearly articulate your ideas to others, streamline the directions and instructions that you deliver, and create impressive presentations and reports.

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Detailed course outline

  • Identify Nouns, Pronouns and Verbs
    • Common and proper nouns
    • Compound nouns
    • Uses of nouns
    • Types of pronouns
    • Frequently misused pronouns
    • Pronoun agreement
    • Its vs. It's
    • Transitive and intransitive verbs
    • Verb tenses
    • Active and passive voice
  • Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs
    • Descriptive Adjectives
    • Limiting adjectives
    • Adverbs modifying verbs
    • Adverbs modifying sentences
  • Identifying Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
    • Types of prepositions
    • Prepositional phrases
    • Compound prepositions
    • Coordinating conjunctions
    • Subordinating conjunctions
    • Interjections with formal writing
  • Identifying Rules
    • Singular and plural rules
    • Subject and verb agreement
    • Parallel sentence structure
    • Dangling modifiers
    • Misplaced modifiers
    • Double negatives
    • "To" and "Too"
  • Identifying Correct Punctuation
    • Parentheses in sentences
    • Parentheses vs. brackets
    • Commas
    • Semicolons
    • Quotation marks
    • Numbers and symbols
    • Correct capitalization
  • Identifying Sentence Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices
    • Problematic vs. acceptable fragments
    • Effective solutions
    • Run-ons
    • Comma Splices
  • Improving Word Choices
    • Misused nouns
    • Misused business words
    • Misused verbs
    • Misused adjectives
    • Misused Adverbs
    • Synonyms and Antonyms
    • Homonyms
    • Troublesome Homonyms
    • More troublesome Homonyms
  • Building Effective Sentences
    • Articulating goals
    • Developing positive presentations
    • Measuring outcomes
    • Considering the audience
    • Formal and informal contexts
    • Email communication
  • Editing Effectively
    • Common spelling errors
    • Special cases
    • Errors of "-able" and "-ible"
    • "i" before "e"
    • Double consonants
    • Foreign words and phrases
    • Proofreading techniques
    • Edit techniques
    • Edit for brevity
    • Edit for clarity
  • Avoiding Hypercorrections
    • Hypercorrections
    • Achieve simplicity
    • Efficiency of expression

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.

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"Business skills play a vital role in the success of an organization. No matter what industry you are a part of, there are definite skills you need to possess in order to provide a high level of service. I have been working with organizations for the last 18 years to improve communication, productivity and and service levels."


"My passions are writing, public speaking and coaching. Knowing how to communicate with clients and peers is key to your success in today's business world. I look forward to helping you reach your potential on one of my classes."


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