Mastering the Mechanics of Grammar and Punctuation Training

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This class reviews the basics rules of grammar and punctuation and highlights the changes that have occurred in the past ten years. How many commas are in a series? Is it wrong to use "he/she" and "his/her?" Is "e-mail" capitalized?

Topics include:

  • Reviewing sentence structure
  • Achieving sentence variety
  • Determining subject/verb agreement and pronoun/antecedent agreement
  • Using the active voice
  • Controlling capital letters
  • Punctuating with precision

Seminar Tips:

  • Nouns that end with -ics generally refer to a body of knowledge or a general quality and are singular.


    Honest ethics in business is crucial.  Graphics is an interesting topic to learn.

  • Use that with essential modifying clauses and which with non-essential clauses.


    I need the information that is in your report to finish my presentation.  I need the information, which is crucial, to finish my presentation.

  • Capitalize alternative or fanciful names for geographical places.


    The Big Apple (New York City), The Big Easy (New Orleans), The Rust Belt (area of United States.)

Schedule This Training

For groups of 3 or more participants

Cypress Media Group presents this seminar as an on-site offering at your work location or at an off-site location of your choice. We can customize this training program to suit your precise training needs.

For economic reasons, this seminar is only offered to groups of roughly three or more people with the same training needs. If you have a group with similar training needs, please call us at 770-640-9918 or E-mail to discuss your interest.

For fewer than 3 participants

We do not offer this course as an open enrollment public offering for individuals. If you have fewer than three participants who are interested in this course, the cost will be the same as for a larger group.

Please call us at 770-640-9918 or E-mail to discuss your interest.

About the Instructor

Catherine Hibbard

Catherine S. Hibbard is a nationally recognized expert in business and technical writing. She conducts training seminars in technical and business writing, writing effective policies and procedures, and proofreading/editing.

Ms. Hibbard's client base, which is diverse and impressive, draws from both corporations and government agencies such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several NASA centers, and numerous military branches. Her corporate clients include Nestlé Purina, Verizon, and Northrop Grumman to name just a few. She has been awarded contracts for large training initiatives with the Office of Professional Management (OPM), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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