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Even when English is your first language, there is plenty to learn to ensure that you write and speak correctly. Learning basics about punctuation, spelling, grammar, usage, and sentence structure will help you write effectively. While learning in a classroom setting is one option, you can also expand your skills by taking quizzes and even playing grammar games online. Practicing English skills by writing is another effective learning method.

Spelling: Common Words That Sound Alike

Many English words sound alike, but they have very different meanings. Explore some of these words so you can recognize the different spellings that indicate different definitions.

Grammar Practice Workbook (PDF)

This workbook covers all of the grammar essentials, including sentences, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, clauses, capitalization, and punctuation.

Noun and Verb Phrases

Noun phrases have a noun and its various modifiers, while verb phrases generally include a main verb and helping verbs or other modifiers.

Overview of Verbs

Conjugating verbs involves changing them to fit the person, number, tense, or mood projected in the sentence.

English Grammar Worksheets (PDF)

Proceed through each basic grammar lesson, taking tests as you work through the book to ensure that you understand the lessons.

Using Periods

Periods are the ending punctuation for declarative sentences and some commands and requests. Place periods after abbreviations and after numbers and letters in outlines.

Recognizing Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

A comma splice involves connecting two complete sentences with a comma. A fused sentence is also connecting two complete sentences, but without punctuation. Try this interactive exercise to practice recognizing and fixing these errors.

Finding Nouns, Verbs, and Subjects

Learn how to identify nouns, verbs, and subjects in sentences with this handy guide.

Articles: “A,” “an,” and “the” (PDF)

This worksheet quizzes you on your knowledge of articles, giving you an opportunity to choose the correct article in each sentence.

Conjunctions Worksheet

Complete this worksheet about conjunctions to learn how conjunctions function in sentences to connect thoughts.

Sentence Structure

Link the words on the logs to create complete sentences.

Grammar and Mechanics Worksheets (PDF)

Understanding the components of sentences and punctuation rules is important for ensuring that you write and speak in complete sentences.

Knap Vs. Nap

Explore common homophones such as knap and nap to learn how to use these words that sound the same but have different meanings.

Future Tense With “Going to” (PDF)

Practice using “going to” in sentences to answer questions about a person’s weekly schedule.

British vs. American English

British and American English have different spellings due to differing influences. American spelling is generally more phonetic, while British spelling is based more on French words.

Guide to Grammar and Style

Use this alphabetical list of common grammar rules and components as a resource to help you improve your grammar.

Sentence Types (PDF)

Sentences may be simple, containing just a subject and verb. They can also be compound or complex if they include more than one clause.

Guide to Basic English Grammar

Words are classified into seven groups, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions.

Verb Practice (PDF)

The sentences on this worksheet include verbs in parentheses. Put each verb into the correct form to fit each sentence.

Sentence Fragments Exercise

Test your knowledge and skills with sentence fragments by completing this practice exercise.

Infinitive and Adjective Worksheet

This worksheet helps you practice using adjectives and infinitives together in sentences to communicate thoughts.

Grammar Worksheets (PDF)

Work on these grammar worksheets to practice your skills with sentences, punctuation, spelling, and more.

The Tonic Accent

Learn general rules about stressed syllables to help you know how to pronounce words in English.

Passive Voice

Passive voice involves constructing sentences so the subject of the sentence is hidden. Passive sentences are often constructed using a form of “be.”

Irregular Verbs

This exercise presents you with the first part of a sentence. To complete the exercise, you must choose the correct form of the indicated verb.

Final Silent “E” Words and Suffixes

Practice adding suffixes to words correctly when the base word has a silent “E” at the end.

Common Core Grammar Worksheet: “To,” “Too,” and “Two” (PDF)

Practice use of these words to ensure that you use them correctly in your sentences.

Misused Verbs (PDF)

The words “rise” and “raise” can be confusing because they sound similar. Knowing the different meanings of these words will help you use them correctly.

Basic Pronouns (PDF)

Subject pronouns include words such as “she,” “it,” and “they.” These words take the place of other nouns in sentences.