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"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people."
 - Yeates

The English Language Presents Challenges
English is one of the most spoken and most difficult to learn languages in the world. Even those who are native English speakers cannot remember all the irregular spellings and the rules of grammar or even understand all the words that some other English speakers use! So if you have trouble with English, you are not alone.

American Business English
We want to emphasize that this program focuses on American English and its use in business in the United States. By this we are certainly not saying that American English is the correct or best version. However, it fits the standards of the United States. Therefore, when writing in English, you should consider your audience and write the way they expect. This includes not only being aware of different spellings, but also of terminology and tone.

At the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Describe the nine parts of speech and identify them in sentences.
  • Recognize and correct faulty grammar.
  • Apply the rules of punctuation and capitalization.
  • Identify and avoid common pitfalls of the English language.
  • Describe some differences between British and American English.

Unit Introduction
This unit covers quite of bit of information so it is divided into five smaller sections. Divide your study time into practical chunks, perhaps combining shorter sections and doing the longer sections one at a time. The sections are listed below, with notes about length to help you plan your work.

Section 1A: The Parts of Speech A (9 pages + Exercise)
Section 1B: The Parts of Speech B (8 pages + Exercise)
Section 2: Elements of a Complete Sentence (5 pages + Exercise)
Section 3: Punctuation/Capitalization (7 pages + Exercise)
Section 4: Overcoming Common Pitfalls of English (5 pages + Exercise)
Section 5: Differences Between English and other Languages (2 pages)

Reviews and Exercises
Reviews and exercises are useful tools to learn concepts that are new to you.
If you are familiar with any sections' subject matter; skip directly to the section review. After reviewing your answers to the questions you may choose to skip a section, or revisit specific portions of the section until you feel comfortable with the concepts.   

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