Grammar; a super quick overview
What is grammar?
Grammar can be defined as the rules or structure that a language follows.
Many students I have talked to have expressed some confusion over their understanding of the parts of speech and what makes a good paper. Grammar can be one of the more challenging aspects of writing a paper, but it is one aspect that is often most visible if done wrong.
Here I have a list of the basic parts of speech and grammar that all English speakers must know. It is a basic list that all basic writing classes cover and can be a very useful reminder for writers in higher level classes as well as beginners.
What is a sentence?
A sentence is a grammatically correct group of words that contains one or more independent clauses.
What is a clause?
A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and verb.
What is a subject and predicate?
The subject is the noun of the sentence and the predicate is the part of the clause that contains the action/verb.
What is a phrase, noun phrase, and verb phrase?
A phrase is a group of words that does not have a subject or predicate. A noun phrase is a phrase with a noun. A verb phrase is a phrase with a verb.
Here is a list of definitions of the parts of speech.
1. A noun is a person place or thing.
2. A pronoun takes the place of a noun.
3. A verb is an action or existence.
4. An adjective modifies or describes a noun.
5. An adverb modifies an adverb, verb and adjective.
6. A conjunction is a linking word such as and.
7. An interjection shows emotion or excitement.
8. Preposition is the part of speech that shows a relationship.
9. An article is a determiner(noun modifier) like the, or a.
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