Grammar on the Web

Grammar on the Web

A Grammar Sonnet
Must SEE before you continue.
Purdue's Online Grammar ****
Grammar Bytes
What Punctuation Mark Are You? I'm a colon.

Project: Parts of the Sentence

Creating sentences is an art form, a mathematic art form. Let's get started.

The sentence contains a verb, a subject, and expresses a complete thought.

John hit the ball.
First identify the verb, that is what is the ACTION of the sentence? In the above sentence, HIT is the verb. Is it Action or linking? The information of whether verb is action or linking will be important later. Once the verb has been identified, we must find the subject of the sentence. To do this ask: Who or What plus the verb. So in this case, the verb is HIT. So Who or What hit? Answer is John Hit so John is the subject of the sentence.

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One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.
An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.

Each Sentence says one thing-for example, "Although it was a dark
   rainy day when the Adjective walked by, I shall remember the pure
   and sweet expression on her face until the day I perish from the
   green, effective earth."
Or, "Will you please close the window, Andrew?"
Or, for example, "Thank you, the pink pot of flowers on the window
   sill has changed color recently to a light yellow, due to the heat from
   the boiler factory which exists nearby."

In the springtime the Sentences and the Nouns lay silently on the grass.
A lonely Conjunction here and there would call, "And! But!"
But the Adjective did not emerge.

As the adjective is lost in the sentence,
So I am lost in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat--
You have enchanted me with a single kiss
Which can never be undone
Until the destruction of language.

Poem: "Permanently," by Kenneth Koch, from Selected Poems, 1950-1982

  • Active Verb vs passive Varb
  • Active vs passive
  • Active and Passive from Purdue's OWL
  • The American HeritageŽ Book of English Usage
  • Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar
  • The Grammar of Reading
  • 40 Tips to Proper English is a humorous introduction of what not to do in grammar. An ice breaker.
  • Break the "be" verb bad habit.
  • Common Errors in English Paul Brian's very useful explanation of grammar with fine links and examples.
  • English Grammar The Easy Way Everyone can learn English; this site explains English, so that everyone can understand.
  • EnglishPage Fabulous resources!!!!
  • Ebonics links to provide further insight into dialect
  • English 255 College grammar course.
  • English Grammar is a grammar book online. Correcting work can make reference to the files herein so the writer can learn about the grammar mistake and correct it. Very useful and comprehensive.
  • Essential English Grammar
  • Grammar Cat is a basic introduction to basic grammar concepts for basic grammar lessons. Very basic.
  • Grammar Check created by an English teacher/tutor who lives in Thailand.
  • Grammar Conflicts like their
  • Grammar Games from Jessica Brogley
  • Grammar Girl podcasts.
  • Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Grammar by PATRICK HARTWELL, College English 47.2 (February 1985): 105-27.
  • Grammar Grabbers
  • Guide to Grammar Neat guide with digital quizes and other goodies.
  • KISS Dr. Ed Vavra's KISS Approach to Sentence Structure
  • Learn English Grammar Step by Step
  • Modern English Grammar English 126 with Dan Kies
  • NCTE's RAID Vol 1
  • Outlandish Eng Lang Website as the name connotes provides excellently outrageous diatribes about grammar with fine support.
  • OWL Handout page from purdue.
  • Parts of Speech unit
  • PowerPoint Presentations for Grammar and Writing Check out these PowerPoint presentations available within the Guide to Grammar and Writing.
  • Purdue's Online Grammar ****
  • Preposition Song
    Verb and Preposition Collocations
    Verb and Preposition Collocations
  • The Role of Grammar in the Language Arts Curriculum by Nancy Patterson
  • Singular "their"
  • SPELL The Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature
  • UsingEnglish Great resource.
  • Webgrammar
  • Writer's Guidebook