Grammar refers to the structure of language and how different words fit together. Knowing something about English grammar rules should help you to construct clear and meaningful sentences.
Which of the following words in the sentence is the verb?
Tremendously, he finished in first place.
Which of the words in the sentence is the noun?
Smelling the chicken was unbearably tempting.
How can you identify the main clause of a sentence?
The main clause is the part before the comma
The main clause is the part of a sentence that relies on another clause to make sense
The main clause can make sense on its own, but the rest of the sentence relies on it to make sense
What is the difference between an abstract noun and a concrete noun?
A concrete noun is a noun that is tangible - you can relate it to one of the five senses. An abstract noun is an idea.
An abstract noun does not make as much sense to the reader as a concrete noun would.
An abstract noun is linked to the five senses. A concrete noun is an emotion or an idea.
Can you identify the abstract noun in the following words?
Which is the adverb in the following sentence?
Sadly, she knew that he was going to be late.
How do you select a tense to use when writing?
Randomly pick when you want to write about - the past, present or future
It is a stylistic choice but must also work logically for the events taking place in the piece of writing
It is most commonplace to write in past tense so this is what you should always do
Which of the following is a complex sentence?
During the day, he decided that a walk to the park would do him the world of good
The sky blackened quickly and the weather looked set to ruin their day
It was a quiet walk down the long, frosty moonlit lane
Which of the following are examples of joining words?
Whilst, finally, despite
She, he, it
Lightly, heavily, slowly
What is a common grammatical mistake that people make when writing?
Forgetting to use punctuation
Spelling words incorrectly
Writing as they speak, eg 'So, I would say that the article is effective because it is emotive for the reader'