Avoiding Grammatical Errors in Business Writing


Overview/Description
Grammar: the very word strikes terror into the hearts of learners everywhere. For many people, it recalls the most difficult or most boring classes they can remember from childhood. Yet using correct grammar is one of the key skills for any business writer. Poor grammar skills interfere with communicating a clear message; moreover, they may suggest that the writer is careless and perhaps unprofessional. In this course, you will learn to recognize and repair the most common grammatical errors in sentence construction. Using correct grammar will help you to convey your information accurately and to represent yourself and your company as articulate and professional.

Target Audience
All professionals for whom work-related writing is both required and challenging

Expected Duration
4.5 hours

Lesson Objectives:

Avoiding Basic Sentence Errors

  • recognize the benefits of identifying and correcting basic errors in sentence construction.
  • employ grammatical principles to select sentences in which the subject and verb agree in number, in the context of writing a hypothetical business document.
  • apply grammatical principles to correct sentence fragment errors in a hypothetical business document.
  • apply grammatical principles to correct run-on sentences in a hypothetical business document.
  • Avoiding Subtle Sentence Errors

  • identify the benefits of avoiding subtle errors such as misplaced modifiers and lack of parallel construction.
  • identify examples of modifiers that are correctly and incorrectly placed.
  • distinguish between sentences that employ parallel structure and those that do not.
  • Avoiding Pronoun Errors

  • recognize the benefits of identifying and correcting basic errors in pronoun usage.
  • employ grammatical principles to repair errors in agreement between pronouns and their antecedents, by selecting sentences in a hypothetical business document.
  • use grammatical principles to select sentences that use subjective and objective forms of pronouns correctly in a hypothetical business document.
  • select sentences that use possessive pronouns correctly.
  • select pronoun forms that correctly complete sample sentences.
  • Course Number: COMM0013