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Grammar Fundamentals

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1. 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.)

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

3. A sentence that makes a command

4. Prepositions function as ___or ___

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

6. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. Verbal acting like a noun

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

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

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

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

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

21. Tells what the subject is or does

22. Sentence - Clause - Phrase

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

24. Renames or describes the direct object

25. 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)

26. 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.

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

28. 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."

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

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

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

32. A sentence that communicate a strong emotion or surprise

33. A sentence that has one independent clause

34. 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

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

36. Verb used as a command

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

46. 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

47. Prepositional - Participial - Gerundive - Infinitive - Verb

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

49. (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

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