English Grammar & Usage Courseware

The BYU CLIPS English Grammar & Usage Course includes over 170 grammar lessons with interactive exercises and helps and 30 mastery tests, designed to dynamically assess students' language and grammar mastery to help them learn in the most efficient way. The course features a Course Map that shows students their progress and highlights problem areas based on diagnostic test results, mastery test scores and lesson exercises. Lesson practice questions and tests dynamically assess students' mastery of particular concepts or skills with each question, so they spend no more time than necessary on any one subject.

Course Map

Below is the course map for the English Grammar & Usage Course, showing each unit, chapter, lesson and chapter test in the course.

1. English Diagnostic Tests

1. Diagnostic Tests

2. Glossary

3. Basic Elements of the Sentence

1. Verbs

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Verb Phrases 

 2. Linking Verbs and Action Verbs 

 3. Forms of BE 

 4. Verbs 

2. Basic Sentence Elements

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Review of the Basic Elements 

 2. Adverbs 

 3. Adjectives 

 4. Pronouns 

 5. Nouns 

3. Phrases

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Noun Phrases 

 2. Object of a Preposition  

 3. Prepositional Phrases 

 4. Prepositions 

4. Subjects and Predicates

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Subjects and Predicates 

 2. Predicates 

 3. Subjects 

4. Verbs & Pronouns

1. Verb Phrases

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. The Verb Phrases 

 2. Using the Forms of Be 

 3. Memorizing the Forms of Be 

 4. Recognizing the Forms of Have 

 5. Recognizing the Modals 

 6. Memorizing the Modals 

 7. Identifying Main Verbs 

 8. The Complete Verb Phrase (Optional) 

2. Irregular Verbs

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Verb Forms -- Test 

 2. Verbs -- Regular or Irregular? 

 3. Irregular Verbs -- List F 

 4. Irregular Verbs -- List E 

 5. Irregular Verbs -- List D 

 6. Irregular Verbs -- List C 

 7. Irregular Verbs -- List B 

 8. Irregular Verbs -- List A 

3. Verb Forms

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Using Verbs Correctly 

 2. Illogical Shifts in Tense 

 3. Subjunctives 

 4. Historical Present Tense 

 5. Building Verb Phrases 

 6. Using Present and Past 

 7. Five Basic Verb Forms 

4. Pronoun Agreement

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Pronoun/Referent Agreement  

 2. Agreement with Compound Referent -- OR/NOR  

 3. Agreement with Compound Referent -- AND 

 4. Agreement with Collective Noun 

 5. Agreement with Indefinite Referent 

 6. Agreement in Number 

 7. Referents 

 8. Pronouns 

5. Pronoun Case

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Pronoun Case 

 2. Formal vs. Informal Usage  

 3. Pronouns that Change Form to Show Case 

 4. Case 

6. Unclear Pronoun Reference

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Unclear Pronoun Reference 

 2. Correcting Unclear Pronoun Reference 

 3. Identifying Unclear Pronoun Reference 

7. Subject-Verb Agreement

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Subject-Verb Agreement 

 2. Who, Which, That as Subject 

 3. Collective Noun as Subject 

 4. Indefinite Pronoun as Subject  

 5. Here/There Sentences 

 6. Agreement, Linking Verbs 

 7. Subjects Separated from the Verb 

 8. Compound Subjects -- Or/Nor 

 9. Compound Subjects 

 10. Agreement Auxiliary Verbs 

 11. Agreement, Main Verbs  

 12. Number and Person 

5. Punctuation & Capitalization

1. Punctuation to Join Sentences

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Punctuation to Join Sentences 

 2. Using the Colon and the Dash to Join Sentences 

 3. Using the Semicolon to Join Sentences 

 4. Using a Comma and Co­ordinat­ing Con­junc­tion to Join Sentences 

 5. Semicolons and Colons 

2. Capitalization

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Capitalization 

 2. Capitalizing Proper Names 

 3. Three Easy Capitalization Rules 

3. Punctuation to Interrupt and Separate

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Review 

 2. Free and Bound Modifiers 

 3. Introductory Phrases 

 4. Parenthetical Elements  

 5. Words in a Series 

4. Other Punctuation Problems

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Other Punctuation Problems 

 2. Direct Quotations 

 3. Publication Titles 

 4. Dates, Addresses, Titles, and Time 

 5. Apostrophes 

 6. Hyphens 

5. Punctuation and Capitalization

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Puncuation and Capialization 

6. Sentence Faults

1. Active and Passive Voice

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Review of Passive and Active Voice 

 2. Passive Voice -- Effective or Ineffective 

 3. Identifying Active and Passive Voice 

2. Concise Sentences

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Concise Sentences 

 2. Reduction  

 3. Too Many Ands 

 4. Wordiness 

3. Dangling and Mis­placed Mod­ifiers

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Correcting Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers 

 2. Interrupting Misplaced Modifiers 

 3. Misleading Misplaced Modifiers 

 4. Dangling Modifiers 

4. Faulty sentences using BE verbs

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Correcting Faulty Sentences with Be 

 2. Other Faulty Sentences with Be 

 3. Is When, Is Where 

5. Parallel Structure

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Parallel Structure 

6. Shifts in Construction

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Shifts in Construction 

 2. Shifts in Number 

 3. Shifts in Person 

 4. Shifts in Voice 

 5. Shifts in Tense 

7. Sentence Punctua­tion Problems

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Correcting Fragments and Spliced, Fused, and Run-on Sentences 

 2. Spliced, Fused and Run-on Sentences 

 3. Sentence Fragments 

8. Sentence Faults

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Identifying Sentence Faults 

7. Analyzing Sentences

1. Sentence Patterns

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. From Pattern to Sentence 

 2. Identifying Sentence Patterns 

 3. Memorizing the Sentence Patterns 

2. Action Verb Predicates

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Review of Action Verb Predicates 

 2. Intransitive Verbs 

 3. Indirect Objects 

 4. Direct Objects 

3. Linking Verb Predicates

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Review of Linking Verb Predicates 

 2. Predicate Adverb 

 3. Predicate Adjective 

 4. Predicate Nominative 

 5. Linking Verbs 

8. Expanding the Sentence

1. Verbals and Verbal Phrases

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Verbal Phrases 

 2. Infinitives 

 3. Participles 

 4. Gerunds 

2. Conjoining

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Punctuation Marks as Conjoiners 

 2. Conjoining 

3. Subjoining

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Subjoining 

 2. Special Cases of Subordinate Clauses 

 3. Adjective Clauses 

 4. Adverb Clauses 

 5. Noun Clauses 

 6. Subordinate Clauses 

4. The Sentence in Review

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Sets and Subsets of a Sentence 

10. Spelling

1. Plurals

 1. Plurals 

 2. Compound Nouns 

 3. Nouns Ending in -o 

 4. Nouns Ending in -f, -ff, -fe 

 5. Special Plurals 

 6. Nouns Ending in -y 

 7. -'s Plurals 

 8. -es Plurals 

 9. -s Plurals 

2. IE-EI Words

 1. ie - ie Spelling Words 

3. Prefixes and Suffixes

 1. Spelling Bee-- Prefixes and Suffixes  

 2. Doubling Final Consonants  

 3. Adding Suffixes to Words Ending in -e  

 4. Adding Suffixes to Words Ending in -y  

 5. Prefixes and Suffixes  

4. Word Endings

 1. Spelling Bee-- Confusing Endings  

 2. -able/-ible Endings  

 3. -ant/-ent Endings  

 4. -ance/-ence Endings  

 5. -ize/-ise/-yze Endings  

 6. -ary/-ery Endings  

 7. -tion/-cian/-sion Endings  

5. Words not Spelled As They Sound

 1. Spelling Bee-- Words Not Spelled As They Sound  

 2. Spelling Words with an "uh" Sound 

 3. Spelling Words With Commonly Added Letters or Commonly Dropped Letters  

 4. Spelling Words with Silent Letters  

6. Commonly Confused Words

 1. Choosing and Spelling the Correct Word 

 2. Spelling Confused Words: Stationary - Your 

 3. Spelling Confused Words: Principal - Sole 

 4. Spelling Confused Words: Male - Presence 

 5. Spelling Confused Words: Hair - Luxuriant 

 6. Spelling Confused Words: Cot - Genus 

 7. Spelling Confused Words: Boy - Core 

 8. Spelling Confused Words: Accent - Born 

7. Spelling Bee

 1. Spelling Bee-- Round A  

 2. Spelling Bee-- Round B 

 3. Spelling Bee-- Round C 

 4. Spelling Bee-- Round D 

 5. Spelling Bee-- Round E 

11. Finding the Main Idea

1. Textbook Study Skills

T. Lesson Test 

 1. Textbook Study Skills 

 2. Mapping 

12. Usage Helps

1. Usage Helps

 T. Lesson Test 

 1. Affect vs. Effect  

 2. Lie vs. Lay  

 3. Other Commonly Confused Words  

 4. Adjective/Adverb Confusion  

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Course Components

  • Lesson Rules

    Each lesson contains a grammar explanation called a "rule" that clearly explains the concept to be learned. Many rules also include different explanations geared toward students with more or less familiarity with the concepts being taught (called "easy," "medium" and "hard" rules) along with a rule "help" that provides further explanation and additional examples.
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  • Examples

    Most lessons contain at least as many unique example sentences as lesson questions, to reinforce the grammar concept being taught. A "help" explanation for each example sentence is provided as described below.
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  • Questions

    The questions in each lesson are drawn from a large pool of questions, but the number of questions a student must answer correctly in order to pass the lesson dynamically adjusts based on the student's performance in order to assure mastery of the concept. For example, each lesson will require the student to answer a pre-defined minimum number of questions (say 10), but if the percentage of questions the student answers correctly in the pre-defined minimum does not demonstrate mastery of the concept (say 85% correct), additional questions from the pool are added until the student reaches the necessary percentage correct in order to pass the lesson. In many cases, the questions are specifically programmed to give the student individualized feedback when they miss a question that indicates if they made a common or recognizable mistake, helping them better learn as they go through the questions. Finally, a "help" explanation for each question is provided as described below.
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  • Example and Question Helps

    A "help" explanation for each example sentence and each question provides an explicit discussion of the way in which the rule applies to the example sentence or question at hand.
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  • Lesson Tests

    Lesson tests are designed to test students on all of the concepts covered in the individual segments of each lesson. Unlike the lesson questions, the correct responses are not revealed until after the test has been completed and the student has either passed or failed the test. If the student fails the test, the individual lesson segments that relate to the test will be marked as "failed" and have to be passed before the student is allowed to take the test again. However, if the student passes the test before completing any of the lesson segments, the lesson segments will be marked as "passed," and the student will not have to complete them.
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