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Grammar Fundamentals

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

2. 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.

3. A pronoun that does not refer to a specific - person - place - thing - or idea; examples: everyone - everything - everybody - anybody - many - most - few - each - some - someone - all - nothing - nobody - and no one

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

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

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

7. A sentence that makes a statement or declaration

8. Renames subject

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

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

11. 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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

18. A pronoun that points to or identifies a noun without explicitly naming it - This - that - these - those

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

20. Describes subject

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

22. A sentence that has one independent clause

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

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

25. Prepositions function as ___or ___

26. (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

27. Clause contains a subject and a verb - AND it can stand alone

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

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

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

31. A noun that is singular in form but refers to a group of people or things

32. A sentence that communicate a strong emotion or surprise

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

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

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

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

37. 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

47. 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

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

49. A sentence that makes a command

50. 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