Essential Grammar

Your command of language speaks volumes about you. Whether you are preparing a proposal for a major new contract, writing a letter to a client, or even making a sales call, a good grasp of grammar is vital for presenting yourself and your organisation professionally.

We don’t often stop to think about the rules that hold our language together. Normally, we don’t need to. But, even native speakers of English don’t always get it right.

Essential Grammar is an online course that takes you from the most basic through to the more complex elements of English grammar.

Intended for speakers of UK English, it is a convenient, fun and flexible way to build the foundation you need to communicate accurately and creatively. 

There are a host of practical exercises to help you get to grips with what you have learned, and a number of quick quizzes to test your knowledge.

Course outline

  • Introduction
    • What is grammar about?
    • What's the relationship between grammar and punctuation?
  • What's in a name?
    • The seven main word classes
    • Strings of words - phrases and word order
    • Other core grammatical terms
  • Verbs
    • The six different aspects of verbs
    • Tenses and agreement
    • Verb forms
    • Be, have and do
    • Verb voices
    • Mood
  • Constructing sentences
    • Key elements in sentences
    • Verb and predicative
    • Combining the elements
    • Key relationships
    • Clauses and sentences
    • Subordinate clauses as key elements
    • That or which?
    • Phrases of apposition
  • The issue section
    • Personal pronoun problems
    • Issues with structure
    • The gerund
    • Matters of judgement
    • Mostly to do with change
  • The basic principles of punctuation
    • Capital letters
    • The apostrophe
    • Hyphens
    • Commas, semicolons, colons and dashes
    • Punctuating quotations
  • Conclusion and booklist

This course contributes to PUB 14 and PUB 19 of the Book & Journal Publishing National Occupational Standards.


Study Time

Enrolment is for twelve months and students can work at their own pace.

Special Offer

Essential Grammar costs £70, but if bought in conjunction with Basic Proofreading or Essential Copy-Editing then Essential Grammar is available to you at the special offer price of just £35.

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