Adjectives

dfoww Part of Speech (POS) Part 5 Adjectives Adjectives are words that describe nouns and pronouns. They answer questions like what kind, how many, and which one. Adjectives are describing words that modify nouns. Adjectives ● swarthy● slim Example of modifying a noun: ● Tall woman● tall = adjective ● woman = noun ● Smart…

Adverbs

dfoww Part of Speech (POS) Part 4 Adverb What is an Adverb? An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Example: ● He sings loudly. ● She’s very tall.● Sings = verb● loudly = adverb Common adverbs ● anxiously● calmly● annually● cowardly Most adverbs are formed by adding…

Context Clues

dfoww Context Clues What are context clues and why are they so important when reading and writing? Answer: Context clues are hints or clues to the meaning of a word. Context clues are the words and sentences that surround a word and help explain the word’s meaning. The clue may appear within the same sentence…

Verbs

dfoww Part of Speech (POS) Part 3 Verbs A verb is one of the main parts of a sentence or question in English. You can’t have a sentence or a question without a verb! That’s how important these “action” parts of speech are. The verb signals an action, an occurrence, or a state of being….

Yore, Your, You’re

dfoww Yore, Your, You’re Does it matter which one I use, when speaking? Answer: No, because words that share the same pronunciation are called homophones. When writing however, it does matter because all three forms of this word have a different meaning.  Yore Yore= noun Definition: of long ago or former times Yore, meaning “a…

Pronouns

dfoww Part of Speech (POS) Part 2 Pronouns A Pronun is a word that replaces a noun in a sentence. Pronouns are used so that our language is not cumbersome with the same nouns being repeated over and over in a paragraph. Some examples of Pronouns include: ● I , me, mine, myself, she, her,…

Whose vs Who’s

dfoww Whose vs who’s How do you know when to use whose or who’s when writing? Whose is the the possessive form of the pronoun who, while who’s is a contraction of the words who is or who has. Many people still find whose and who’sparticularly confusing because, in English, an apostrophe followed by an…

Understanding Latin-based Abbreviations

dfoww We owe a huge debt to Latin. i.e. — “that is”e.g. — “for example”PhD — Doctor of PhilosophyCV — curriculum vitae*AM — ante meridiemPM — post meridiemEtc. — abbreviation for et cetera *A brief account of a person’s education, qualifications and previous occupation. n.b. – This is sometimes written at the end of a…

Parts of Speech

dfoww Parts of Speech (POS) Introduction What is “POS”? POS is an acronym for “Parts of Speech”. Every sentence must have a subject and a predicate. The parts of speech explain how a word is used in a sentence. There are eight major parts of speech in English grammar. Listed below are the 8 parts…

Noun

dfoww Part of Speech (POS) Part 1 Noun A noun is used to name a person, animal, place, thing, and abstract idea. Nouns are usually the first words small children learn. Each part of speech explains not what the word is, but how the word is used. In fact, the same word can be a…