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Good Grammar (Finally!) ON-DEMAND

A course in the basics of English grammar, preparing you to punctuate more easily.

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Knowing how the language works makes everything about your job easier, that is, it eliminates the drama from punctuating and turning out a transcript. There is no question that grammar is where it all begins.

In this 20-hour class, we will look at

  • Language elements (words, phrases, and clauses) and how they work
  • Verbs (person, number, tense, mood, and voice) and verb usage
  • Nouns and pronouns (how they function in the sentence, subject/verb agreement, pronoun case form) and noun and pronoun usage
  • Adjectives and adverbs (what they do and how they work) and common mistakes in their usage
  • Connecting words (prepositions and conjunctions)
  • Parts of speech

Has it been a while since you have had a basic grammar class? Or did you ever have one? Join us for a chance to brush up on skills that may be long dead -- a crucial class for every reporter, scopist, proofreader, student, and teacher.

NOTE: The content of this class is grammar, which is helpful to anyone who deals with the language; in other words, this class is not directly related to the court reporting transcript but rather to the way the language works. The class is open to anyone who wants to improve his/her grammar knowledge.


The recordings and material will be available for four months after registration.


Also Included In This Course


While you are enrolled in this course you will also have access to monthly one-hour live sessions called "The SEMINAR." These take place in Margie's online virtual classroom where you will be joined by students from other courses and groups. Varying topics of grammar and punctuation will be covered.

The SEMINAR is offered separately as a standalone subscription-based course. It is included to you at no cost as a student of Good Grammar during the four month enrollment period.

*In order to receive your full 20-hour Completion Certificate, attendance at these once-a-month live sessions is required.

Your Instructor


Margie Wakeman Wells
Margie Wakeman Wells

Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She is in her sixth decade of teaching -- with 40 of those years in the field of court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as all manner of English courses – both on campus in a bricks and mortar school and online.

She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students.

Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling reference text, and the workbook that accompanies it are available at margieholdscourt.com. In addition, she has published Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000 word pairs with definitions, examples, and idioms for the words, and is currently writing a grammar text. She has also written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.

Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes her blog, “All Things English,” at margieholdscourt.com. Margie currently serves as the Education Liaison for the California Court Reporters Association.

Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1: General Terminology, Definitions
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  Module 2: The Parts of Speech (The Verb)
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  Module 3: The Parts of Speech (The Noun and the Pronoun)
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  Module 4: The Parts of Speech (The Adjective and the Adverb)
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  Module 5: The Parts of Speech (The Preposition, the Conjunction, and the Interjection)
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  Module 6: The Connecting Words: (The Coordinate Conjunction and the Conjunctive Adverb)
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  Module 7: The Connecting Words (The Relative Pronoun and the Subordinate Conjunction)
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  Module 8: The Sentence, the Run-On, and the Fragment
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  Module 9: The Elements of the Language: (Overview -- Words and Phrases)
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  Module 10: The Elements of the Language: (Overview -- Dependent Clauses)
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  Module 11: The Phrase (Definition, Types, and Verb Phrases)
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  Module 13: The Dependent Clause (Definition Revisited)
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  Module 14: The Dependent Clause (Types and Elliptical Clauses)
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  Module 15: Sentence Analysis (Subjects and Verbs-Predicates)
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  Module 16: Finding the Subject and Verb-Predicate (The Five Patterns)
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  Module 17: The Verb (Auxiliary Verbs)
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  Module 18: The Verb (Principal Parts)
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  Module 19: The Verb (Action or Condition -- The List)
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  Module 20: The Verb (Action or Condition -- The Key)
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  Module 21: The Verb (Transitive and Intransitive -- Action Verbs)
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  Module 22: The Verb (Transitive and Intransitive -- The Key)
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  Module 23: The Verb (The Five Characteristics -- Person and Number)
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  Module 24: The Verb (The Five Characteristics -- Tense)
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  Module 25: The Verb (The Five Characteristics -- Mood)
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  Module 26: The Verb (The Five Characteristics -- Voice)
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  Module 30: The Verbal (Phrases)
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  Module 31: The Noun (Types and Characteristics)
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  Module 32: The Noun (Making Nouns Plural)
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  Module 33: The Noun (Making Nouns Possessive)
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  Module 35: The Noun (Advanced Functions)
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  Module 36: The Noun (Functions -- The Appositive)
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  Module 37: The Noun (Functions -- Dependent Clauses)
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  Module 38: The Noun (Functions -- Gerunds)
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  Module 39: The Noun (Functions -- Participles)
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  Module 40: The Noun (Functions -- Infinitives)
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  Module 41: The Pronoun (Characteristics and Types -- All but Personal)
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  Module 42: The Pronoun (Characteristics and Types -- Personal)
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  Module 44: The Noun (Subject/Verb Agreement -- Part 1)
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  Module 45: The Noun (Subject/Verb Agreement -- Part 2)
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  Module 46: The Pronoun (Subject/Verb Agreement)
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  Module 47: The Noun and the Pronoun (Usage)
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  Module 48: The Adjective Modifier (Types)
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  Module 49: The Adjective Modifier (Forms and Placement)
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  Module 50: The Adjective Modifier (Comparison Forms)
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  Module 51: The Adverb Modifier (Types and What They Modify)
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  Module 52: The Adverb Modifier (Forms, Comparison Forms, and the Adverbial Objectives)
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  Module 53: The Modifier (Adjectives versus Adverbs)
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  Module 54: The Modifier (Usage)
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  Module 56: The Conjunction (Linking Dependent Clauses)
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  Module 57: The Conjunction (Linking Compound Construction)
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  Module 58: The Preposition and the Conjunction (Usage)
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  Module 59: The Interjection
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  Module 60: The Parts of Speech (Revisited)
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  Completion Certificate
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