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Grammar Fundamentals

Subjects : english, grammar
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1. The narrator tells a listener what he/she has done or said - using the personal pronoun "you." This point of view is rare.

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

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

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

5. Subjective - Objective - Possessive

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

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

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

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

10. 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

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

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

13. 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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24. A sentence that communicate a strong emotion or surprise

25. Sentence - Clause - Phrase

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

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

28. A ___________ has one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.

29. 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

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

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

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

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

34. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma

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

36. 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

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

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

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

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

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

42. A sentence that makes a statement or declaration

43. A sentence that has one independent clause

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

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

46. Prepositional - Participial - Gerundive - Infinitive - Verb

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

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

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

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