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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Using Prepositional Phrases as Subjects

    Prepositions are defined by traditional grammars as a word that “links to other words, phrases, and clauses” and that “expresses spatial...

    English PrepositionsHeather JohnsonDecember 13, 2013
  • Subject Pronouns in English Grammar

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

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonSeptember 30, 2013
  • Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Subjects

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

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonSeptember 28, 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
  • 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
  • Nominal Functions of English Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

    Traditional grammars define prepositions as “words that indicate a relation between the noun or pronoun and another word, which may be...

    English PrepositionsHeather JohnsonJuly 7, 2013
  • Using Relative Pronouns as Subjects

    Traditional grammars define the noun as a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. Pronouns are a subcategory of...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonJune 29, 2013
  • Using Noun Clauses as Subjects

    Clauses consist of a subject and a predicate. Dependent or subordinate clauses are clauses that cannot function independently as complete sentences...

    English NounsHeather JohnsonJune 29, 2013
  • Using Pronouns as Subjects

    The traditional definition of the noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. A noun phrase is...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonJune 15, 2013