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Do you wonder why you need to understand basic grammar rules? It's simple. Every child has to go to school for at least twelve years. During these years you will have to write answers to questions, reports, papers, and letters. Writing all these things will be impossible if you don't understand the basic rules for grammar.
All writing projects begin with a sentence. Writing larger reports or papers means you have to have more sentences. So the best place to start in learning basic grammar rules is what makes up a sentence.
We have an extensive Parts of Speech and grammar lesson series. Each lesson provides fun and engaging activities.
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The simple definition of a noun is that it is a person, place, or thing. It is usually easy to remember that people and places are nouns. It is the "thing" that gets tricky. One of my teachers added to this grammar rule by saying a noun is something that can be counted or measured.
Pennies can be counted, so can books, rocks, hugs, etc. They are nouns. But what about air? Air can't be counted, but it can be measured. Water can be measured. This is where it gets tricky... jealousy, love and hatred can be measured. Because these things can be measured, they must be nouns. The first basic grammar rule is that nouns can be a person, place, or thing that can be counted or measured.
Workbook, Vol. 2
In addition to several worksheets on parts of speech, these 30 worksheets address pronouns, plural and proper nouns, possessives, using correct tenses of common verbs, and related topics.
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Adjectives are used to describe nouns. Some examples would be: shiny penny, warm air, cold water, large rock, red book. Shiny, warm, cold, large, and red are all the adjectives that describe the nouns. Sometimes you will use several adjectives to describe one noun.
Pick out the adjectives in this sentence: He rode the shiny, red bike down the street. There are several nouns in this sentence. The nouns are he, bike, and street. Is there a word used to describe the noun he? No. Does any word describe street? No. Yet when you look at the bike, you will see that it is described as being shiny and red. Shiny and red are the adjectives. The second basic grammar rule is that adjectives are used to describe nouns.
of Speech Set 1
This set addresses the grammatical rules of capitalization, contractions, parts of a sentence, punctuation, sentences versus non-sentences, using is, are, and am, and using was and were.
Basic grammar rules explain that verbs are the action words. If you are going to do anything, you need a verb. If you want to run, jump, sing, sleep, or skip through life, you need verbs to put the action on paper. You can't exist without verbs, literally. The verb "to be" is very important. In the sentence: I am hot. I is the noun, hot is describing the noun so that would be the adjective, and am is a "state of being," so it is the verb. The third basic grammar rule is that you can't do anything without a verb.
of Speech Worksheet Set 2
This set contains 12 worksheets addressing the parts of speech of adjectives, articles, nouns, pronouns, and verbs.
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Basic grammar rules will help you create sentences. Nouns, verbs and adjectives are a great place to start. These three grammar rules will be the first steps you need to understand and master before you can move on to the next set of grammar rules.
Workbook, Vol. 1
These 30 worksheets address basic grammar issues related to parts of speech and sentence structure. These are appropriate for students from middle elementary grade levels and beyond.
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