April 21, 2014

Agreement: Singular or Plural Subject? It Depends

When the parts of a compound subject are joined by or, but, either ... or, neither ... nor, not only ... but also the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb. Neither the Oregon players nor the coach was overconfident. "Coach" is … [Read more...]

Adjectives: The basics


Adjectives are one of the eight parts of speech. Just as a reminder, the others are the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection. The primary purpose of an adjective is to modify a noun. They … [Read more...]

Types of Adjectives


DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVE: These types of adjectives add detail or description to the noun. For examples and explanations, read about them here: Descriptive Adjectives LIMITING ADJECTIVE: These types of adjectives specify or limit the noun. For … [Read more...]

Verb Practice Exercise

Identify the underlined part of speech. Choose an answer for each question. After completing the entire exercise, click on the "Are You Prepared?" button at the bottom of this page to see the answers. 1. The burglar disappeared with the cash. a. … [Read more...]

Verb Practice Exercise Answers

Answers to the practice exercise for identifying verbs. 1. The burglar disappeared with the cash. a. transitive verb     b. intransitive verb     c. linking verb      d. auxiliary verb 2. The director told the actors, "Do your best, and we'll … [Read more...]

Interactive Quiz Verbs #1


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Interactive Quiz, Conjunctions and Prepositions #1


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Adjectives: Limiting (more detail)


A limiting adjective, rather than describing a noun, defines it. To put it more simply, limiting adjectives either point out or set a numerical limit to the noun. These limiting adjectives are grouped into three classes of limiting adjectives: 1) … [Read more...]

Prepositions vs. Conjunctions

Words that are sometimes conjunctions can act as prepositions. The subordinating conjunctions BEFORE, AFTER and UNTIL can act as prepositions when they are followed by objects rather than dependent clauses. Remember that a clause has a subject … [Read more...]

List of Adjectives


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