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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. A sentence that makes a statement or declaration

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

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

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

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

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

15. Tells what the subject is or does

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

17. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma

18. 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27. 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.

28. A sentence that makes a command

29. Simple - Complex - Compound - Complex-compound

30. 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.)

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

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

33. Renames a noun

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

35. Renames subject

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

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

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

39. Sentence - Clause - Phrase

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

41. Describes subject

42. Verbal acting like a noun

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

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

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

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

47. Renames or describes the direct object

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

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

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