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Grammar Fundamentals

Subjects : english, grammar
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1. 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)

2. A group of words (usually two) that functions as a single part of speech

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

4. Answer these 5 questions - how - when - where - why - how often - and NOT

5. 'To be' + present participle (ing)

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

7. A sentence that makes a statement or declaration

8. 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.)

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

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

11. Sentence - Clause - Phrase

12. Verb whose past and past participle are formed by adding -ed or -d to the present - E.g. play-played- - like-liked

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

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

15. Prepositions function as ___or ___

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

17. Describes subject

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

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

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

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

22. Prepositional - Participial - Gerundive - Infinitive - Verb

23. 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.

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

25. A noun that can be made plural via changing the ending - usually by adding "s"

26. Verbal acting like a noun

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

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

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

30. Used to show the relationship of a noun or pronoun to some other word in the sentence. Examples: in - under - near - behind - to - from - over

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

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

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

34. A person - place - thing - animal - action - or quality

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

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

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

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

39. Simple - Complex - Compound - Complex-compound

40. (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

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

42. Tells whom or what the sentence is about - the person place or thing doing the verb

43. When the action begins in the past and is completed in the past (I had hoped to be finished by November.)

44. Part of a sentence; usually missing a predicate or a subject

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

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

47. 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)

48. An adjective used to compare two items; example: Today is HOTTER than yesterday. (Usually uses -er)

49. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma

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