Thursday, February 16, 2017

Study Sheet for Test One

I. Defining: Be able to define these terms, with examples if possible:

Standard English Grammar
Prescriptive v. Descriptive grammar
Form v. function

Practice Test for the First Test

ENGL 3663: English Grammar / 2016                                   Name___________________
Test 1 Practice Test 2

Part I: Defining Terms
Define three of these five terms. Give an example if you can.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ENGL 3663: Reflexive, Reciprocal, and Indefinite Pronouns

Reflexive Pronouns

The reflexive pronouns are words like myself, himself, herself, ourselves, itself, and so on.

ENGL 3663: Personal Pronouns

Pronouns: Personal

In traditional grammar, pronouns are often classified with nouns. But a little thought shows us that nouns and pronouns have very different forms. Pronouns also function somewhat differently than nouns do.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ENGL 3663: Qualifiers


A qualifier precedes an adjective or adverb, modifying it by increasing or decreasing its quality. In that respect, a qualifier is a kind of adverb (since it always modifies something other than a noun). However, it is not a true adverb, but a structure class word.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

ENGL 3663: Auxiliaries


Auxiliary verbs provide grammatical information about the main verb. Specifically, these verb indicate information about tense, mood, and voice. (We’ll talk about all of this in more depth later on.) You may have heard these verbs called “helping verbs.”

ENGL 3663: Determiners


A determiner is a structure class word that precedes and modified a noun. The prototypical examples are a, an, and the.

                Elvis baked a pie.
                Ivy gave the bear an apple.

ENGL 3663: Structure Class Words

Structure Class Words

So far, we have been looking at Form Class Words – nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. To review, form class words are words that can change their shape by accepting morphemes. So a noun, like dog, can become dogs; and an adjective like happy can become happier, or unhappy.