Building Blocks of Sentences

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Building Blocks of Sentences : 

Building Blocks of Sentences An Overview of Parts of Speech

Nouns : 

Nouns Name persons, places, things, and ideas Common nouns refer to non-specific things or ideas Proper nouns refer to specific persons, places, or things, and begin with a capital letter.

Pronouns : 

Pronouns Pronouns take the place of a noun in a sentence. Pronouns simplify sentences so that a noun does not have to be named every time it appears in a sentence. Pronouns should only be used after a verb “pointer” is used. Pronouns have three forms: Subjective, objective, possessive Questions like who, what, when are relative pronouns.

Verbs : 

Verbs Express action or a state of being. Form changes to reflect person and time. Active/main verbs stand alone. Helping verbs (is, am, etc) are teamed with other verbs to express action. The Chargers defeated the Broncos The Broncos were defeated by the Chargers

Adjectives : 

Adjectives Describe or limit the meaning of nouns and pronouns. Must be located closely to the nouns/pronouns they modify, usually preceding them. Answers one of three questions: Which one? What kind? How many?

Adverbs : 

Adverbs Add to or modify the meaning of verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. Can be denoted with –LY ending. Limiting and intensifying adverbs describe how much (only, really, very) Answers one of three questions: How? When? Where? May follow or precede the verbs they modify.

Articles : 

Articles Help define nouns: A, An, The Definite article announces a specific noun (the car, the elephant) Indefinite articles announce a non-specific noun (a car, an elephant)

Conjunctions : 

Conjunctions Connect words, phrases, and clauses within a sentence. Coordinating conjunctions connect two ideas of equal importance: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so Subordinating conjunctions connect a dependent and independent clause: because, if, so that, after, when, although, while, and even though

Interjections : 

Interjections Show surprise or emotion: Wow! Oh no! WHAT???? . Not used in most formal writing

Prepositions : 

Prepositions Show the relationship between a noun or pronoun and some other word in a sentence: in, over, through, on, under, by, etc. They usually show location or direction. Prepositions usually come before a noun or pronoun to form a prepositional phrase.

Sentences to Deconstruct : 

Sentences to Deconstruct The cat sat on the tile roof. The cat meowed when she saw the dog. The dog barked angrily. The cat ran away from the barking dog.

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