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Elements Of Style Vocab

Subjects : english, grammar
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1. A word or expression appropriate to informal conversation but not usually suitable for academic or business writing. [They wanted to GET EVEN.]






2. A word that joins words - phrases - clauses - or sentences. [For - And - Nor - But - Or - Yet - So --> FANBOYS]






3. A verb form that functions in a sentence as a noun - an adjective - or an adverb rather than as a principal verb. [THINKING can be fun.]






4. A pronoun that refers to an unspecified person (ANYBODY) or thing (SOMETHING)






5. The noun or pronoun that indicates what a sentence is about - and which the principal verb of a sentence elaborates.






6. A word that names a person - place - or thing.






7. A group of words that includes a subject and verb but is subordinate to an independent clause in a sentence. [IF - BECAUSE - SINCE - etc...]






8. A clause dependent on the main clause in a sentence. AFTER WE FINISH OUR WORK - we will go out for dinner.






9. Any of the verbs that combine with the main verb to express necessity [MUST] - obligation [SHOULD] - permission [MAY] - probability [MIGHT] - possibility [COULD] - ability [CAN] - or tentativeness [WOULD].






10. A group of words consisting of a preposition - its object -and any of the object's modifiers. [Georgia ON MY MIND.]






11. A word that relates its object to another word in the sentence. [She is the leader OF our group.]






12. The predicating verb in a main clause or sentence.






13. The form of a noun or pronoun that reflects its grammatical function in a sentence as subject (THEY) - object (THEM) - or possessor (THEIR).






14. A word or phrase that qualifies - describes - or limits the meaning of a word - phrase - or clause. [FRAYED ribbon]






15. A noun or pronoun that receives the action of a transitive verb. [Pearson publishes BOOKS.]






16. A pronoun that connects a dependent clause to a main clause in a sentence: WHO - WHOM - WHOSE - WHICH - etc...






17. A clause introduced by a relative pronoun - such as WHO - WHICH - THAT - or by a relative adverb - such as WHERE - WHEN - WHY.






18. Two or more simple subjects joined by a coordinating or correlative conjunction. [HEMINGWAY AND FITZGERALD had little in common.]






19. A group of words with a subject and verb that can stand alone as a sentence. [RACCOONS STEAL FOOD.]






20. A phrase that functions as an adverb. [Landon laughs WITH ABANDON]






21. A present or past participle with accompanying modifiers - objects or complements.






22. A verb that requires a direct object to complete its meaning: they WASHED their new car.






23. The name of a particular person - place or thing.






24. A noun or noun phrase that renames or adds identifying information to a noun it immediately follows. [His brother - AN ACCOUNTANT WITH ARTHUR ANDERSON - was recently promoted]






25. A word or group of words that expresses the action or indicates the state of being of the subject. Verbs ACTIVATE sentences.






26. A word that modifies - quantifies - or otherwise describes a noun or pronoun. [DRIZZLY November]






27. The time of a verb's action or state of being - such as past - present - or future.






28. A sentence that begins with the main idea and then attaches modifiers - qualifiers - and additional details.






29. A word - phrase - or clause that acts as an adjective in qualifying the meaning of a noun or pronoun. [YOUR country]






30. A phrase or clause that limits the essential meaning of the sentence element it modifies or identifies. [Professional athletes WHO PERFORM EXCEPTIONALLY should earn stratospheric salaries.]






31. An independent clause which can stand alone as a grammatically complete sentence.






32. The noun to which a pronoun refers. A pronoun and its antecedent must agree in person - number - and gender. [Michael and HIS teammates moved off campus]






33. A phrase of clause that does not limit or restrict the essential meaning of the element it modifies.






34. The case of nouns and pronouns that indicates ownership or possession.






35. A word or group of words that aids coherence in writing by showing the connections between ideas.






36. The order or arrangement of words in a sentence.






37. A group of related words that functions as a unit but lacks a subject - verb - or both. WITHOUT THE RESOURCES TO CONTINUE.






38. Possessive pronouns such as HERS - ITS and THEIRS.






39. The words - A - AN - and THE - which signal or introduce nouns. THE refers to a particular item - whereas A and AN refer to a general item.






40. In the present tense - a verb phrase consisting of TO followed by the base form of the verb (TO WRITE). A split infinitive occurs when one or more words separate TO and the verb [TO BOLDLY GO]






41. A verb that joins the subject of a sentence to its complement. [They WERE ecstatic.]






42. A group of words that is not grammatically a complete sentence but is punctuated as one: BECAUSE IT MATTERED GREATLY.






43. A group of related words that contains a subject and predicate. [MOTHS SWARM around a burning candle.]






44. The correspondence of a verb with its subject in person and number [Karen GOES to Cal Tech; her sister GO to Ucla] - and a pronoun with its antecedent in person - number - and gender [as soon as Karen finished the exam - SHE picked up HER books].






45. The attribute of a verb that indicates whether its subject is active [Janet PLAYED the guitar]






46. A word that modifies or otherwise qualifies a verb - an adjective - or another adverb. [Gestures GRACEFULLY]






47. A noun or pronoun that indicates to whom or for whom - to what or for what the action of a transitive verb is performed. [I asked HER a question.]






48. The noun or pronoun that completes a prepositional phrase or the meaning of a transitive verb.






49. A word or phrase (especially a noun or adjective that completes the predicate. [Martha is my NEIGHBOUR.]






50. A feature of nouns - pronouns - and a few verbs referring to singular or plural.