Nouns
A noun is a word that names something: either a person, place, or thing. In a sentence, nouns can play the role of subject, direct...
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Verbs
There are up to five forms for each verb: root, third-person singular, present participle, past, and past participle. Root Form of the Verb The root...
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Prepositions
Prepositions
Prepositions indicate relationships between other words in a sentence. Many prepositions tell you where something is or when something happened. Most prepositions have several definitions,...
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Interjections
Interjections
Ouch! Oh my! Wow! Yikes! If you’ve ever uttered any of the words above, you’ve used an interjection, whether you knew it at the time...
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Adverbs
Adverbs
What Do Adverbs Modify? An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb (he sings loudly), an adjective (very tall), another adverb (ended too...
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Pronouns
Pronouns
What Is a Pronoun? Pronouns make up a small subcategory of nouns. The distinguishing characteristic of pronouns is that they can be substituted for other...
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Conjunctions
Conjunctions
Without conjunctions, you’d be forced to express every complex idea in a series of short, simplistic sentences: I like cooking. I like eating. I don’t...
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Articles
What Are Articles? Articles are words that define a noun as specific or unspecific. Consider the following examples: By using the article the, we’ve shown...
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Adjectives
Adjectives
What Are Adjectives? Adjectives are words that describe the qualities or states of being of nouns: enormous, doglike, silly, yellow, fun, fast. They can also...
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