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  • 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
  • Determiners Are Not Adjectives

    Traditional grammars categorize determiners with either adjectives or pronouns. But determiners are not adjectives. Repeat after me: Determiners are not adjectives....

    English AdjectivesHeather JohnsonJanuary 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
  • Attributive Ditransitive English Verbs

    Traditional notional grammars define verbs as “action or state of being words.” Transitive verbs in English grammar are main verbs that...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonFebruary 23, 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
  • 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 Object Complements

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

    English PrepositionsHeather JohnsonJanuary 24, 2014
  • Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Object Complements

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

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonDecember 2, 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
  • English Pronouns

    Notional grammars define pronouns as “small words that take the place of nouns and other grammatical forms.” Pronoun is a subcategory...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonAugust 29, 2013
  • Using Pronouns as Object Complements

    Traditional grammars describe nouns as words that name people, places, things, and ideas. Pronouns are a subcategory of nouns that take...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonAugust 28, 2013
  • Nominal Functions of English Verbs and Verb Phrases

    Traditional grammars define verbs as “action or state of being words.” Verb phrases are phrases that consist of a verb plus...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonAugust 22, 2013