As a Speech Sound A consonant is such a speech sound or a letter that is not a vowel. It means that in English alphabets, other than vowels, all the other letters are consonants. Check out the below lists of vowels and consonants. Vowels: A, E, I, O, U. Consonants: B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. Note: Sometimes, Y does not act as a consonant. About Syllables A syllable is known as a unit of pronunciation which is formed with the … [Read more...]
Dictionary: English Grammar Terms
In this category, I want to explain some grammatical terms. In order to become a better English writer, you should use each word correctly. You must be very careful with word choice. So, you need to be familiar of grammatical terms and you need to clear up your literary concepts.
Below is the list of some dictionary words that include a few important grammatical terms. Must read each post if you want to become an efficient writer.
For me, a conjunction is a connector because it is that part of speech that connects words, clauses, phrases, or sentences. See an example below, I think, Sarah is going to bring laptop and books. In the above example, ‘and’ is the conjunction that is used to join the words ‘laptop’ and ‘books.’ Now, I want to tell you more about conjunctions. There are three different types of conjunctions. Each type has the same function i.e. connects words, clauses, phrases, or sentences. Let … [Read more...]
What is conjugation? Let me first tell you that a conjugation is an arrangement of the changing of verb forms in accordance with a person, tense, number, gender, or aspect. It means that verbs do change its form to express a grammatically correct idea. Let us check out how verb form changes to show a different gender, person, number, tense, or aspect. Person There are different persons in English, such as, 1. First person: Singular > I Plural > We 2. Second person: … [Read more...]
Conditional sentences are such if-sentences that consist of a dependant and an independent clause; and that are used to express a condition. It can not only help to express a condition, but can also help in expressing the outcome of that condition. In most of the cases, you will find out that the conditional sentence begins with the subordinating conjunction ‘if’; or it is the dependant clause that starts with ‘if.’ However, it does not mean that a conditional sentence always start with a … [Read more...]
A sentence (an independent clause) consists of a predicate (verb) and a subject. The subject does the verb (action) in the sentence. If the term ‘compound’ means consisting of two or more separate parts, it means that a compound subject is the one that consists of two or more than two subjects. The subjects in a compound subject are nouns that are joined together by a conjunction. For example, 1. My friends and I went to the cinema to watch the latest movie. In the above example … [Read more...]