Helping Verbs. Definition, Examples and Exercise

Definition: The second category of verbs is helping verbs. Also called auxiliary verbs, helping verbs help the main verb show tense or possibility.   Helping verbs + main verbs = verb phrases. The main verb is always the last verb in the phrase. The most common helping verbs are: To be: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been These […]

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Action verbs. Definition, Examples and Exercise

Definition: Action verbs name a physical or mental (abstract) action. Jan wants a horse for her birthday. I believe in fairies and unicorns. Ian reads a chapter in his book each night. Action verbs can be transitive or intransitive. Transitive action verbs “transfer” their action to a direct object. Intransitive action verbs have nothing to “transfer” their action to. Transitive verb […]

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Challenges in Pronoun Agreement

Sometimes it can be difficult to ensure that you are using the correct pronoun. The challenge is making sure you know which word is the antecedent. Challenge 1: Interrupting Phrases Try not to get distracted by phrases that come between the antecedent and the pronoun. All the bands in the contest deserves an award. Hint: Cross out the Interrupting phrases […]

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Pronoun Agreement. Definition, Examples and Exercise

Definition: Ante (not anti) means before. The root cedere means to go. The antecedent goes before the pronoun. It is the noun that the pronoun replaces. A pronoun must match, or agree, with its antecedent in number, person, and gender.   Number Agreement Singular nouns must match with singular pronouns. Plural nouns must match with plural pronouns. President Lincoln delivered […]

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Challenging Uses of Cases

There are several types of sentences that cause confusion about whether to use a subject or object pronoun: sentences with a compound subject or object; sentences with a pronoun followed directly by a noun; and sentences that use pronouns after than or as. After this lesson, you’ll be much more confident about which pronouns to use in these tricky situations. […]

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Cases of pronoun. Definition, Examples and Exercises

The cases of pronouns tell you how they are being used in a sentence.              Subject               Object            Possessive       I We Me   Us My, mine Our, ours     You You You You Your, yours Your, yours He, She, It They Him, her, it Them His, her, hers, its Their, theirs Subject Pronoun:- Definition: A subject pronoun(also called a nominative pronoun) is […]

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Classifying Noun

  You have now learned about abstract vs. concrete, common vs. proper, and singular vs. plural nouns, as well as compound, collective, and possessive nouns. Most nouns fit into more than one category. This lesson is a review of everything you have learned.   Find out types of noun from the example- Abstract: I want to see justice served. Concrete: […]

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Possessive Nouns. Definition, Examples and Exercise

Definition: Possessive nouns show ownership. Possessive comes from the same root as possession, something you own. Singular Possessives Add ‘s to singular words to show possession. t-shirt’s logo             moon’s brightness                class’s income (t-shirt + ‘s)              (moon + ‘s)                      (class + ‘s) If a singular word ends in s, it is still necessary to add ‘s. Book’s cover              Goddess’s beauty                 […]

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Collective Nouns. Definition, Examples and Exercise

Definition: Collective comes from the same root as collection. A collective noun names a group, which is like a collection of people or things. Examples- Flock, crowd, choir, team Hint: Put the word in this test sentence to see if it works: A flock of birds. A crowd of people. A choir of singers. A team of horses.   Find […]

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Compound Noun. Definition, Examples and Exercises

Definition : A compound noun is a noun made up of two or more words. Each word makes up part of the meaning of the noun.   Compound nouns can be written three ways: A single word                 Two word                   Hyphenated Table                               Printer cartridge          Train – spotting Rainfall                           swimming pool            Dry – cleaning   Hint : A compound noun is the sum of its […]

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