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Action verbs, express what is happening (do, work). State verbs express a situation (be, have).
Nouns represent people (teacher, Mary), places (town, Asia) and things (table, music).
An adjective is a word that tells us more about a noun (big, red, expensive).
Adverbs tell us more about verbs, adjectives or adverbs (loudly, really, extremely).
Determiners are words like the, an, this that start a noun phrase.
A preposition expresses the relationship of a noun or pronoun to another word (at, in, from).
Pronouns are small words like you, ours, some that can take the place of a noun.
Conjunctions join two parts of a sentence (and, but, though).
Short exclamations with no real grammatical value (ah, dear, er)
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More Grammar Articles
5 Common Subject-Verb Agreement Mistakes of ESL Students
It’s not always easy to get the verb and the subject to agree in terms of number. Even native speakers sometimes get that wrong.
8 Ways to Use the Preposition “by”
Andrew Forrester looks at different uses of “by” as a preposition, and gives you practical examples.
What's IN a Preposition?
When is a preposition not a preposition?
Grammar is your Friend
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Recommended Grammar Links
- English grammar section on Cambridge Dictionary (British English)
- Grammar pages at Purdue Online Writing Lab (American English)
- Grammar page at Wikipedia
Whenever you correct someone's grammar just remember that nobody likes you. Jim Gaffigan