Grammar

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What Are Intensive Pronouns? Definition & Examples (Worksheet Included)

An intensive pronoun is any pronoun that ends in -self or -selves. I know, it seems like there’s a type of pronoun for everything, but it makes sense once you understand them. It’s identical to a reflexive pronoun but has a different function. What does an intensive pronoun do? When would you be most likely to use an intensive pronoun? Keep reading and I’ll explain the complete meaning and usage of an intensive pronoun. I also created examples of how …

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Writing in First Person – Examples & Worksheet

Writing in 1st person allows the narrator to be part of the story, but it can be tricky to understand how to pull it off. Using I and we pronouns is just the first step in speaking in the first person, so let’s discover more about the first person point of view as I break it all down for you. What Is First Person POV? First-person POV is a writing style where the author or narrator is part of the …

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What Are Interrogative Pronouns? Worksheet & Examples

There are several types of pronouns in the English language. One of them is the interrogative pronoun. But what is the use of interrogative pronouns? Go back to my previous sentence, and you have your answer! Keep reading to know the interrogative pronoun definition. My guide will also teach you the rules on its correct usage through several sentence examples. What is an Interrogative Pronoun? Interrogative pronouns are a type of pronoun used to ask a question. Their antecedent is …

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Writing in Third Person – Examples & Worksheet

The third-person narrative is often employed in narrative writing because it zooms in and out of character perspectives to describe actions, feelings, emotions, and thoughts. If you’re unsure how to use the 3rd person perspective in writing, here are some tips and examples. What is Third Person Narrative? The third person is one of three perspectives employed in speaking and writing. It’s used to describe the point of view of a third party and uses a variety of pronouns derived …

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Demonstrative Pronouns – Definition & Examples (with Worksheet)

This, that, these, and those are what we call demonstrative pronouns because they point to certain nouns depending on the distance. Keep reading as I explain the definition and even provide a complete list of demonstrative pronouns in English. This guide also explains the correct pronoun usage and then provides a practice worksheet to test your understanding. Demonstrative Pronoun Definition A demonstrative pronoun is a kind of pronoun used to point to something explicit in the same sentence. Remember that …

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Comma Before or After Thus

The rules of commas can be slippery little rascals. I find myself undoing bad habits with my students due to poor comma rule definitions and a lack of grammar practice, almost more than teaching proper comma usage. However, one can only go so far in telling a class what not to do without showing them what to do. And, once they have mastered proper comma use, we get to mix it all up again with words like “thus.” Thus has …

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Plural Possessive Nouns – Rules and Examples

The majority of English speakers struggle with apostrophe placement, especially when trying to show ownership. Does the apostrophe go before the -s or after? If you struggle to find the answer, you aren’t alone. However, despite their nefarious-sounding name, plural possessive noun examples aren’t tricky to understand. To prove this point to my students, I make sure we work together to redefine each part of the tongue-tying name. Reminding them that they know what plural, possessive, and noun means helps …

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Grammar vs. Punctuation – What’s the Difference?

Two essential features of language are grammar and punctuation. We use these aspects to become more effective speakers and writers who convey messages clearly.  But grammar and punctuation are different. They differ in meaning, focus, and application.  So, what’s the difference between grammar and punctuation? Is punctuation part of grammar? Find out the answers by reading this guide on grammar vs. punctuation.  What is Grammar? Grammar refers to a language’s structure or the way we combine words to form sentences …

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Grammar vs. Syntax – What’s the Difference?

Grammar and syntax are overlapping fields under linguistics that discuss the construction of words, phrases, and sentences. But many people think they are one and the same. Are grammar and syntax the same concepts in language? This guide will show the differences between the two language terms and their elements. Find out how to analyze a sentence in terms of syntax and grammar.  Elements of Grammar  The rules of grammar is a systematic study and analysis of a language, such …

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What is a Complex Sentence? Definition and Examples

A complex sentence has one dependent clause and another independent clause. But how do you identify or write this sentence type? Find out what a complex sentence is and some examples of this sentence structure. I’ll also show you how to identify a complex sentence to help you become a stronger writer.  Complex Sentence Definition They are one of the four types of sentences according to structure. These complete sentences contain one independent clause and at least one dependent or …

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