Revised as of 31 July 2017
The Grammar Explanations are background information for the self-editing writer. What you know under one term may have several other terms that all mean the same thing. When working with an editor, it can be frustrating as you try to understand what s/he is saying. For more detail on the “anatomy” of a grammar explanation, see below.
The Explanations also make a good reference tool for writers, as they detail the different kinds and types of individual bits of grammar from adjectives to nouns to verbs to complements and combining forms to clauses and phrases; the make-up of sentences; the hetero-s and homo-s; the essential and non-; appositives and idioms; the possessive to the predicative; qualifiers, identifiers, and determiners; and, so much more.
Definitions, cautions, rules, and examples for every situation as well as those bloody also-known-ases are all included.
Explore the listings below, if only to know what you’re up against.
Grammar Explanation Posts:
A and An
Acronyms & Initialisms
Active vs Passive Voice
Clause versus Phrase
Clause, Finite or Non-Finite
Clause or Phrase: Introductory
Clause, Non-Restrictive vs Non-Essential
Clause, Restrictive vs Essential
Direct, Indirect, and Prepositional Objects
Essential & Nonessential Rules
Figure of Speech
Me, Myself, and I
Morpheme & Allomorph
Objects: Direct, Indirect, and Prepositional
Parallel Construction, a.k.a., Parallelism
Phrases, Transitional Words and
Subject-Predicate (of a Sentence)
Synonym versus Antonym
Synonyms Can Be Cute
The Sentence (simple, complex, compound +)
Which versus That
Anatomy of a Grammar Explanation
While the posts are always being updated, the basic structure is the type of grammar followed by its general definition and then a TOC of links to the variations on the grammar that follow. Color is used in a hierarchical step-down to try and corral a type of grammar with its sub-types to make it less confusing. Most of them have examples of how that bit of grammar is used in a sentence.
These posts are in no way complete, and I’d love it if you’d send your own suggestions and comments to make it better…I don’t necessarily promise to include them, but…
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