Here are 10 essential grammar rules every high school student should know:
- Use correct subject-verb agreement.The subject and verb of every clause must agree in number. Singular subjects require singular verbs, and plural subjects require plural verbs.
- Use pronouns correctly.Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in gender, number, and person. Ensure clear pronoun references.
- Spell words correctly. Correct spelling shows proficiency with vocabulary and inattention to detail. Use a dictionary and spell check as needed.
- Capitalize proper nouns.Capitalize the names of specific people, places, things, days, and months. Leave common nouns lowercase.
- Avoid fragments.Every sentence must have both a subject and a verb. Avoid sentence fragments.
6.Use commas and periods correctly.Ensure correct punctuation of complete sentences and proper use of commas in lists, between clauses, and to set off nonrestrictive elements.
- Form commas and possessives correctly.Add ‘s to most singular nouns to make them possessive. Add ‘s to plural nouns that don’t end in s.
- Use apostrophes correctly.Use apostrophes only to show possession or omit letters in contractions.
- Avoid run-on sentences.Break up sentences that are too long and contain independent clauses joined without proper punctuation.
- Ensure clarity and precision. Speak and write as precisely and clearly as possible by choosing the right words and sentence structures. Avoid ambiguity.
Mastering these 10 essential grammar rules will build a strong foundation for any high school student. Focus on consistent application of the rules, and you’ll improve your writing skills and self-confidence. Always ask your teachers for clarity and feedback on any areas of confusion. The more you practice and apply these rules, the more instinctive correct grammar will become for you.