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Grammar Fundamentals

Subjects : english, grammar
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1. A person - place - thing - animal - action - or quality

2. Any one of a group of persons - places - things - or ideas and is generally not capitalized

3. Sentence - Clause - Phrase

4. Verbal acting like a noun

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

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

7. An expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence

8. Does not express a complete thought and cannot stand alone as a sentence - even though it has a subject and a verb - e.g. ...because she is funny

9. includes all linking verbs and any action verbs that do not take an object; example: My friends CRIED - (his shoulder felt sore... 'sore' is a predicate adjective - not a direct object)

10. 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)

11. A sentence in which the subject performs the action. (George built this house.)

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

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

14. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma

15. Describes a noun or pronoun on its own terms - without comparing it to anything else. example: This is a HOT day.

16. Tells what the subject is or does

17. (Stands for a noun) I - me - mine - you - your - he - him - his - she - her - hers - it - its - we - us - our/ours - they - them - their/theirs

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

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

20. Any group of words that is missing either a Subject or a Verb.

21. A sentence with two or more coordinate independent clauses - often joined by one or more conjunctions.

22. A word that describes or modifies a noun or pronoun - answer these 3 questions: which one - how many - what kind - e.g. articles

23. A phase that is related to a sentence in meaning though it has no grammatical relationship to the sentence.

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

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

26. Prepositional - Participial - Gerundive - Infinitive - Verb

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

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

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

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

31. Takes the place of a noun or nouns; they show number and gender; example: singular: I - me - my - mine - you - your - yours - he - him - his - she - her - hers - it - its / plural: we - us - our - ours - you - your - yours - they - them - their - the

32. Simple - Complex - Compound - Complex-compound

33. Subjective - Objective - Possessive

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

35. A sentence that has one independent clause

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

37. A word that expresses action or a state of being

38. Names a person - place - or thing that can be perceived by one or more of the senses

39. Words that show the relationship of dependent clause to the independent clause - e.g. as if than or as though once when

40. A ____________ has two or more independent clauses connected with a comma and a coordinating conjunction - or a semi-colon.

41. A sentence that makes a command

42. Is - am - was - were - can - may - will - were - did - does

43. Verb used as a command

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

45. A sentence that makes a statement or declaration

46. Is the noun or pronoun that follows the preposition; example: The sands of the BEACH were white.

47. Renames subject

48. Noun - Pronoun - Adjective - Adverb - Verb - Conjunction - Preposition - Article - Interjection - Expletive - Verbal

49. 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.

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