Grammar can be tricky and when used incorrectly can make you look less than clever. It is especially embarrassing when you are going on that job interview, but chances are you didn’t even know that you said something wrong. Truth is, your grammar can be a reflection to acquaintances of your intelligence level and if your grammar is holding you back, now is the time to fix it. Here it is in plain and simple, read on and start practicing!
Verbs are action words and they are easily identifiable by the fact that they need to be conjugated. Conjugated? Yes, modified to fit the tense (time frame) and object of your sentence (who or what).
Example: She ran to the store.
Here our object is she (singular) and our tense is in the past.
Can you jump?
Here our object is you (singular) and our tense is present.
Adjectives help describe a noun (person place or thing) or pronoun (replaces the name of a person or thing, such as he or it).
Example: The coffee was warm in the cup.
Adverbs modify an adjective, verb or another adverb, and answers when, how, where, why, or how much.
Example: The man slowly crept forward, ignoring the people nearby.
The direct object is the receiver of the verb and is a noun or pronoun. It answers the question whom, or what.
Example: She handed the book to him so he could borrow it.
A prepositional phrase is when a part of the sentence uses something like at, to, by or from, in order to give more information regarding the subject.
Example: In the heatof the moment, she began to panic.
If this was not a prepositional phrase, I could have just said: She began to panic. However, this would be an incomplete sentence. When you find that you have an incomplete sentence, consider adding a prepositional phrase to be more descriptive.
A possessive pronoun demonstrates ownership and can be a word like mine, my, his, etc.
Example: That is my book!
An article such as an, a, or the, may be used to limit a noun.
Example: The Sox are doing great this year.
Clauses are groups of words that are related in subject matter, and have at least a subject and a verb.
Example: See the sentence above, there are two parts of the sentence that are underlined. Remember, a clause cannot stand on its own as a complete sentence.