An auxiliary verb is a verb that can help in the formation of many of the tenses. You can also name an auxiliary verb as a helping verb, as they are helping in the making of questions and negative sentences and also compound and the passive tenses. You can find out three auxiliary verbs that re known as the most common auxiliary verbs in English grammar. Those three most common auxiliary verbs are be, do and have. One thing that you should remember is that an auxiliary verb, mainly, helps 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.
An apostrophe (‘) is one of the punctuation marks which is used for two basic purposes, 1. It is used to show possession 2. It is used to show the omission Now, I will provide a few examples. Read them to know about the above purposes. Use Apostrophes to show Possession As you know that possession is used to refer the state of owning something, it means that apostrophes are used to show someone’s possession about something. For example, This is, actually, John’s ball … [Read more...]
Antithesis is that rhetorical or literary device in which there are two opposite ideas used together in a sentence to form a contrasting effect. A parallel structure is used to show this contradiction. For example, We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King Jr.) In the above example, you can see that the famous Martin Luther King Jr. has used a parallel structure in his quote, which makes this sentence an antithetical one. The words … [Read more...]
In English grammar, an antecedent can be any noun that is usually referred back by a pronoun. For instance, Sarah was with her friends. I am sure, they went to their favorite spot. In the above example, the antecedent is ‘Sarah and her friends’ who is linked to the personal pronoun ‘they’. You must note here that without an antecedent, you cannot identify who is basically a pronoun in a sentence. Like, if we remove the first sentence and only mention ‘I am sure, they went to their … [Read more...]
Anaphora is that rhetorical and literary device in which there is a repetition of a word or a phrase in successive sentences or clauses. For example, I can’t catch a crocodile, I can’t climb a cliff. I can’t cook a cake… In the above example, there is a repetition of the phrase ‘I can’t’, which is an example of anaphora. Why Writers or Speakers use Anaphora? People make use of this device in order to give emphasis on words or phrases. It is one of the most effective tools in … [Read more...]