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Grammatical poem

By Mary Morel

I discovered this childhood poem that I hadn’t read before.

Every name is called a  noun as field and fountain, street and town.
In place of a noun the  pronoun stands as he and she clap their hands.
The  adjective describes a thing, as magic wand or bridal ring.
The  verb means action, something done, to read and write to jump and run.
How things are done the  adverbs tells us as quickly, slowly, badly or well.
Preposition shows relation as in the street or at the station.
Conjunction joins in many ways, sentences, words or phrase and phrase.
The  interjection cries out hark! I need an exclamation mark!

There are other variations of this childhood poem on the internet. Pity it doesn’t include determiners.

It’s a bit like my childhood version of parts of speech:

  • nouns are naming words
  • verbs are doing words
  • adjectives are describing words
  • adverbs tell you how and when
  • conjunctions are joining words
  • prepositions are usually little words that tell you where
  • pronouns replace nouns

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Comparative adjectives

By Mary Morel One-syllable words take -er and -est to make them comparative. hot, hotter, hottest Three or more syllables are preceded by more/less and most/least. beneficial, more beneficial, most beneficial The rules are not as clear-cut with two-syllable words. Those ending in -y tend to take -er and -est, and the rest take more/lessContinue Reading


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