Grammatical Terms and Definitions

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The Nine Parts of Speech

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adjective
adverb
conjunction
determiner
interjection
noun
preposition
pronoun
verb

A-Z Glossary

A

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abbreviation
absolute possessive
abstract noun
accusative case
acronym
active sentence
active voice
adjective
adjective clause
adjective phrase
adjunct
adverb
adverbial clause
adverbial phrase
affix
alliteration
anagram
analogy
anaphora
anastrophe
antecedent
antonym
apostrophe
apposition
appositive
archaism
article
aspect
assonance
auxiliary verb

B

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base form
brackets

C

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case
clause
cliche
co-ordinate conjunction
collective noun
colloquialism
colon
comma
common noun
commoratio
comparative
complement
complete aspect
complete tense
complex sentence
compound adjective
compound noun
compound predicate
compound sentence
compound subject
compound verb
concrete noun
conditional sentences
conjunction
conjunctive adverb
connotation
consonance
consonant
continuing aspect
contraction
correlative conjunction
countable noun

D

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dangling modifier
dash
dative case
declarative sentence
definite article
demonstrative adjective
demonstrative pronoun
denotation
dependent adverb clause
dependent clause
determiner
diction
direct object
direct question
double comparative
double negative

E

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ellipsis
emotive language
emphatic pronouns
epiphora
euphemism
exclamation mark
exclamatory sentence

F

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feminine
figurative
figure of speech
finite verbs
first person
full stop (period)
future perfect tense
future perfect progressive tense
future progressive tense
future tense

G

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gender
gender-specific noun
genitive case
gerund
gerund phrase

H

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helping verb
homonym
hyperbole
hyphen

I

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idiom
imperative mood
imperative sentence
indefinite adjective
indefinite article
indefinite aspect
indefinite pronoun
indefinite tense
independent clause
indicative mood
indirect object
indirect question
infinitive form
infinitive phrase
intensifier
intensive pronoun
interjection
interrogative
interrogative adjective
interrogative adverb
interrogative pronoun
interrogative sentence
intransitive verb
irony
irregular verb

J

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K

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L

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limiting modifier
linking verb
literal meaning
logosglyph

M

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masculine
mass noun
metaphor
metonym
misplaced modifier
modifier
mood

N

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neologism
neuter
nominative case
non-countable noun
non-finite verbs
non-restrictive clause
noun
noun clause
noun phrase
number

O

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object
object of a preposition
objective case
object complement
objective personal pronoun
onomatopoeia
oxymoron

P

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palindrome
paradox
paragraph
parentheses
parenthesis
parenthesis in apposition
participle
participle phrase
parts of speech
passive sentence
passive voice
past form
past participle
past perfect tense
past perfect progressive tense
past progressive tense
past tense
perfect aspect
perfect progressive aspect
perfect progressive tense
perfect tense
period (full stop)
periodic sentence
person
personal pronoun
personification
phrasal verbs
phrase
plural
positive degree
possessive adjective
possessive case
possessive noun
possessive personal pronoun
possessive pronoun
predicate
predicate adjectives
predicate nominative
prefix
preposition
prepositional phrase
present participle
present perfect tense
present perfect progressive tense
present progressive tense
present tense
progressive aspect
progressive tense
pronoun
proper noun
prose
punctuation

Q

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question mark
quotation
quotation marks

R

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reciprocal pronoun
reflexive pronoun
regular verb
relative adverb
relative pronoun
restrictive clause
restrictive modifier
rhetorical question
root
run-on sentence

S

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satire
simile
second person
semicolon
sentence
simple aspect
simple future tense
simple past tense
simple present tense
simple sentence
simple subject
simple tense
singular
split infinitive
squinting modifier
subject
subjective case
subject complement
subject-verb agreement
subjective personal pronoun
subjunctive mood
subordinate clause
subordinating conjunction
suffix
superlative
syllable
synonym

T

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tautology
tense
third person
title case
transitive verb

U

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V

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verb
verb root
verbal
verbal noun
vocative case
voice
vowel

W

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weak verb

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Y

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Z

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zeugma

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