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Grammar Fundamentals

Subjects : english, grammar
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1. Any group of words that is missing either a Subject or a Verb.






2. A noun that cannot be made plural via changing the ending - usually by adding "s"






3. Would - Could - Should - May - Might - Must






4. An uncommon construction used to express with exactitude how a verb usage is to be interpreted






5. A phrase consisting of a preposition - a noun or pronoun that serves as the object of the preposition - and any modifiers






6. When a noun or pronoun is the direct object - indirect object or object of a preposition






7. There are two main types of ______ - pronoun reference - pronoun number singular or plural.






8. Phrases - Clauses - Objects (Direct and indirect) - Object of prepositions - Subject - Predicate






9. Sentence where independent clauses are joined incorrectly - Comma splice - I ate he slept. (Need semi-colon!)






10. When noun or pronoun is the subject of the verb






11. The narrator tells a listener what he/she has done or said - using the personal pronoun "you." This point of view is rare.






12. A word that begins a subordinate clause and relates it to another idea in the sentence: that - which - who - whom - whose






13. S - shape - C - color - R - race - A - age - M - material - These are not separated by commas






14. Names a quality of mental concept; intangible idea - feeling - quality - or characteristic: loyalty - curiosity - health - grace - sweetness






15. A phrase beginning with a verb that describes the subject - e.g. Walking home from school - River Tam stopped by the store and bought candy.






16. A word or group of words that can function as a noun






17. An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").






18. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma






19. Tells to whom - for whom the action of the verb is done. Ex. "Claire threw JOSEPH the ball"






20. A related group of words containing a subject and a predicate and expressing a complete thought.






21. Pronoun that asks a question; examples: who - whom - whose - what - which






22. A verb used to state a fact or ask a question






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






24. Describes subject






25. A sentence that asks a question--- "Why do I have to wash my hands ?"






26. Word or phrase that shows strong emotion or surprise (whoa - look - ah)






27. Can be subject - do - io - oc - obj. of preposition - appositive or predicate noun






28. Is - seem - are - was - were - be - been - get - stay -become






29. The _____ of a sentence receives the action of the verb






30. It is supposed to be absolutely clear who is being referred to by a pronoun. If you cannot tell who a pronoun is referring to it is ambiguous and must be fixed.






31. A clause that functions as an adjective and usually begins with a relative pronoun that is often omitted






32. This error occurs when the number singular or plural pronoun does not match the subject is that they are replacing.






33. A form of a verb that generally appears with the word 'to' and acts as a noun - adjective - or adverb






34. Prepositional - Participial - Gerundive - Infinitive - Verb






35. Takes the place of a noun and begins with a capitol letter






36. Point of view presents the events of the story from a narrator's point of view (he - she - it - they - them - their - her - his - or character's names are used)






37. Renames a noun






38. The point of view in which the narrator is a character in the story - using words like I we - and us






39. The word - phrase - or clause referred to by a pronoun.






40. Must place your word next to the one you're modifying






41. Sentence - Clause - Phrase






42. A sentence that makes a command






43. Verbal acting like a noun






44. Tells what the subject is or does






45. The part of the sentence about which something is said or the person - place - or thing that does the action






46. An infinitive with an adverb between 'to' and the verb (e.g. - 'to boldly go')






47. A sentence that communicate a strong emotion or surprise






48. Subordinating conjunction (He asked that she go.) - Relative pronoun (He took the test that was hard.) - Demonstrative pronoun (That was hard.) - Demonstrative adjective (That test was hard.) - Adverb (The test wasn't that bad.)






49. Tells that something will happen in the future; uses WILL with the verb; example: Dena WILL LAUGH at the jokes






50. Personal - Relative - Indefinite - Demonstrative -Reflexive - Intensive - Interrogative - Reciprocal