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  • Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Possessive Pronouns and Possessive Determiners

    As I have written repeatedly, the line between grammatical forms is blurry at best, especially among lexical categories like noun, verb,...

    English DeterminersHeather JohnsonNovember 27, 2019
  • Not All Forms That Function as Adverbials Are Adverbs

    The other day I read a tweet that made some claims about adverbs: “The -s in “unawares,” as in “they were...

    English AdverbsHeather JohnsonMay 1, 2019
  • Are ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Today’, and ‘Tomorrow’ Nouns or Adverbs?

    Are the words yesterday, today, and tomorrow adverbs or nouns? Oxford Living Dictionaries identifies all three words as an adverb first...

    English AdverbsHeather JohnsonApril 14, 2019
  • Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Nouns and Adjectives

    Notional grammars define adjectives as “words that describe nouns.” Big, cute, green, small, and wonky are prototypical adjectives. In big bully,...

    English AdjectivesHeather JohnsonMarch 31, 2019
  • Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Indirect Objects

    I recently tweeted my post entitled Using Nouns and Noun Phrases as Indirect Objects. To my tweet, I received a comment...

    Grammatical FunctionHeather JohnsonMarch 29, 2019
  • A Short History of ‘You’

    “What’s wrong with you?” posits the Oxford Dictionaries. But, seriously, what’s up with the oddness that is the second person personal...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonMarch 12, 2019
  • Ambitransitive English Verbs

    Verbs are traditionally defined as “words that describe actions or states of being.” Main or principal English verbs may be either...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonFebruary 25, 2016
  • Ditransitive English Verbs

    Verbs have traditionally been defined as “action or state of being words.” Main verbs, or principal verbs, fall into five categories...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonFebruary 18, 2016
  • Transitive English Verbs

    Verbs have traditionally been defined as “action or state of being words.” Main verbs, or principal verbs, fall into five categories...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonFebruary 11, 2016
  • Reflexive Pronouns in English Grammar

    Pronouns are small words that can take the place of nouns, noun phrases, and other grammatical forms. Reflexive pronouns are pronouns...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonJanuary 12, 2016
  • Possessive Pronouns in English Grammar

    Pronouns are small words that can take the place of other grammatical forms such as nouns and noun phrases. Possessive pronouns...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonMarch 16, 2015
  • Object Pronouns in English Grammar

    Pronouns are small words that can take the place of nouns, noun phrases, and other grammatical forms. Object pronouns are pronouns...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonFebruary 20, 2015
  • Using Prepositional Phrases as Indirect Objects

    Traditional notional grammars define prepositions as words that “link to other words, phrases, and clauses” and that “express spatial or temporal...

    English PrepositionsHeather JohnsonJanuary 27, 2014
  • Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Indirect Objects

    Notional grammars traditionally define verbs as “words that denote an action or a state of being.” A verb phrase is a...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonOctober 5, 2013
  • English Noun Clauses

    Noun clauses are independent, or subordinate, clauses that perform nominal functions. Clauses are grammatical structures that contain a subject and a...

    English NounsHeather JohnsonSeptember 2, 2013