Learn Grammar 1
The English language is made up of WORDS, which are nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and articles. The combination of these words forms SENTENCES.
To learn and master English, you must learn its grammar, which consists of rules for you to follow when using and combining the words, especially when you write.
The English Sentence
There are 3 types: simple sentence; compound sentence; complex sentence.
A sentence is made up words: a subject; and a verb. It may or may not have an object.
A subject or an object can be nouns or pronouns.
Nouns are names of animals (e.g. bird, cat, snake), emotions (e.g. anger, joy, sadness), ideas (e.g. belief, theory, understanding), people (e.g. man, policeman, soldier), things (e.g. bottle, chair, knife), and so on.
Pronouns are words that represent or stand for nouns: I, you, we, they, she, it, and they.
e.g. I = teacher
e.g. You = student
e.g. They = soldiers
Verbs indicate being or an action:
e.g. He is a policeman. (being)
e.g. They are children. (being)
e.g. A bird sings. (an action)
e.g. A knife cuts. (an action)
A verb may come in different forms: a transitive verb that requires an object; an intransitive verb that does not require an object; some verbs are both transitive and intransitive.
e.g. He laughs all the time. (only transitive)
e.g. He laughs at you all the time. (you is the object of the preposition at, and not the object of laughs; so “laugh” is considered an intransitive verb.)
e.g. She sings a song. (transitive)
e.g. She sings. (intransitive)
A sentence must have a subject and a verb, although the subject may be implied or understood:
e.g. (You) Take your money.
e.g. (Nobody is allowed to smoke here) No smoking here!
The subject must agree with the verb:
e.g. I am; he is; it is; she is; they are; we are; you are.
Add “s” to a noun to make it plural or indicate more than one:
e.g. “a boy”; “many boys“; “two boys”
But there are many exceptions to the rule:
e.g. “kiss” becomes “kisses“; “tax” becomes “taxes”
e.g. “half” becomes “halves“; “man” becomes “men”; “child” becomes “children”
In English, description words, such as this and that, pair up with singular nouns, while these and those, with plural nouns.
e.g. this apple; that student; these children; those flowers
In English, there are many nouns that do not have a plural form:
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