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Modal Verbs and Other Such Grammatical Queries

Do the terms "preposition," "verb," "article," and "modal verb" sometimes stump you? Typically, students are taught the word "preposition" in 1st grade. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure that if I had seen that long word at the top of a worksheet in 1st grade, I would have skipped right over it, coding "preposition" as a long word that simply did not fit in my schema of the world.

Fast forward to middle, high school, and college, and I see that many native speakers often find one or more grammatical device or structure challenging. Grammar lessons learned in elementary school can easily slip from one's mind, leaving students to struggle when applying their skills to essay writing, earning them phrases such as "wrong modifier!" "run-on!" and "awkward!" splattered in red ink all over their graded assignments.

 
It is one thing to not remember rules of grammar correctly, but when compounded with grammatically incorrect syntax from colloquial phrases or other such slang, students find that they cannot even begin to distinguish the errors in their writing; informal speech and formal written language are two entirely different monsters.

With that in mind, WyzAnt has created a great new resource for tutors and students alike!

The "Help" section features great resources to help refresh your memory on rules of grammar, writing, and punctuation. The ESL (English as a Second Language) section is also a great tool for native speakers to find complex rules broken down into simpler terms. These articles serve as a great study resource for students wishing to brush up on writing skills for the SAT Writing, ACT English, GRE, PSAT, and AP English tests.

My ESL blog post on Modal (Auxiliary) Verbs is published in this section: http://www.wyzant.com/help/english/esl/modal-verbs

You can also find additional resources to help with math, history (great speeches!), and science.

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