Get the Small Things Right

How to use the right verbs, articles, and tenses in English

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? It states that 80 percent of the reward comes from 20 percent of the effort, in life and at work. When it comes to English grammar in business writing, getting certain aspects right will have a big pay-off for how natural you sound and how clear your message is.

Sometimes our writing doesn’t ‘sound right’ even when we think we’ve got our grammar right. It’s often the smaller words — a, the, are — that can sound jarring when we place them incorrectly in a sentence.

Don’t worry — we’re not going to bombard you with all the grammar rules of the English language. Instead, we’ve identified three tricky aspects of grammar that can sometimes trip up even the most accomplished writers: subject–verb agreement, articles, and verb tenses.

We’ve created short, manageable lessons that you can fit into your day. We’ve also included plenty of quizzes and examples to help you master things bit by bit, at your own pace.


Who will benefit from taking this course?

You’ll benefit a lot from taking this course if you match the descriptions below.

People who write in English as a second language

The aspects of grammar covered on this course will take your English knowledge to the next level. Each of them can have a big impact on how natural and professional your English writing is. Adding this knowledge to your already established knowledge will give you confidence to write well in English.

People who write a lot at work or university

You may not have entered the workforce with perfect grammar knowledge, and sometimes you think something doesn’t sound right, but you can’t figure out why. If you’re a native English writer, you might follow some of these aspects of grammar unconsciously but trip up on others. You’ll benefit from understanding why, and gain confidence in identifying when something is right or wrong.

Your trainers

The Write Team
The Write Team

We’re an innovative and talented team of 30+ consultants based in Wellington, New Zealand. Our online products distil our many years of experience working with thousands of clients across sectors on clear, purposeful communication.

Read more about us on the Write website and discover the strategic benefits of clarity.


How you’ll begin the course

You’ll start by reading an introduction to the course and how it works. You’ll then complete three self-evaluation quizzes on each of the key topics. Don’t worry about getting things wrong — as you move through the course content, you’ll discover how to master the three aspects of grammar.

About the modules and lessons

The course contains three modules with eleven lessons altogether. You’ll learn about each of the three aspects of grammar, why they matter, and how getting them right can help you sound natural and professional. You’ll learn all the rules that govern that aspect of grammar and see plenty of examples.

You’ll review the content of each lesson with a quiz, and then complete one final quiz at the end of each module.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
You’ll have access to the course for 12 months from the time of purchase. You can complete the course content within 2–4 hours, but feel free to email us at [email protected] if you haven’t finished it before 12 months is up.
Are you interested in hearing about my experience?
Yes! We’re always evolving our approach to our online products and we’re very interested to hear about your experiences, whatever they are. Email feedback and thoughts to [email protected]
What if I have an issue with the course after I purchase?
Email us at [email protected] with any problems. We’ll be happy to refund you within 30 days if what you bought doesn’t meet your expectations, but we trust that you’ll be happy with your experience.
What platform do you use for this course?
We are a consulting firm based in Wellington, New Zealand and we use Teachable as our course platform. We chose Teachable because it offers a great customer experience. The platform is also very responsive to the questions of our staff and our customers. Teachable has Terms of Use and a Privacy Policy that we recommend you read (you’ll find the links in the footer). If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]
Do you have tutors available to answer questions or give feedback on my work?
Our self-paced courses are standalone and don’t come with additional tutor support. We work hard to make sure each course covers the material we think will be most valuable for you. However, feel free to email us if you have a question or want us to point you to other resources.
What device should I use to complete the course?
We recommend using a PC or laptop to complete the course. You can still access the course content on your mobile device (on a browser or using the Teachable app), but you will find it easier to interact with the course content on a larger screen.

This course is not open for enrollment.