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Grammar Fundamentals

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

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. A sentence that makes a statement or declaration

11. Verb used as a command

12. Tells what the subject is or does

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

14. When a noun or pronoun is the direct object - indirect object or object of a preposition

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

16. 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

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

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

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

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

21. Simple - Complex - Compound - Complex-compound

22. Verbal acting like a noun

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

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

25. Renames a noun

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

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

28. A clause that functions as an adjective and usually begins with a relative pronoun that is often omitted

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

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

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

32. Renames subject

33. Describes subject

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

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

36. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44. A word or phrase apparently modifying an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence: e.g. "wearing a ball gown" in the sentence - "She sat on the lap of a fat man wearing a ball gown."

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

46. A phrase beginning with a verb that describes the subject - e.g. Walking home from school - River Tam stopped by the store and bought candy.

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

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

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

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