The majority of our grammar skills come to us when we are in grade school (or grammar school). In high school, we don't really get grammar lessons, as the curriculum is centered around writing five-paragraph essays and answering questions that prove we read a book.
After high school, our grammar skills fall dramatically. Everything we learned at a young age falls by the wayside as we succumb to the grammar social media allows... which is pretty much anything. There aren't a lot of grammar nerds left to call out poor grammar skills anymore, as we are now called "trolls" for trying to teach people the difference between "your" and "you're." The bite back on those who attempt to teach people the fundamentals of the English language on social media has led to the grammar police throwing up their hands and saying: "Okay, be wrong, but don't get mad when people don't understand you."
If you miss the good old days of people at least ATTEMPTING to form a complete sentence that has things like punctuation and subject-verb agreement, you should know that you're not alone. However, the question is: can you walk with the big dogs in the grammar circuit? Take this quiz and find out if you have better grammar skills than a 5th grader.
If you say, "He did good," It means he did good the way that Superman does good. If you want to say that he did a good job, you'd say "He did well."
Propositions put things in places. They usually relate to the noun or pronoun in a sentence.
A comma splice is when the writer uses a comma between two complete sentences or thoughts. The correct punctuation marks for these are either a period or a semi-colon.
The contraction "you're" means "you are." The sentence "Who's going out with you are mom" doesn't make sense.
Nouns ending in -sh or -ch take on an -es in their plural form. There are exceptions to the rule, of course.
Interrogative sentences, or questions, end with question marks. In English grammar, only one question mark is necessary.
In this sentence, "because" is a subordinating conjunction. It shows a reason why he went to the store.
This apostrophe removes the letter "i" from the phrase "she is." Without the apostrophe, the sentence would read "She is not going with us."
To understand the tense of a sentence, look for the verb. Regular past tense verbs are signaled by an -ed at the end of the word.
An adjective modifies a noun. An adverb modifies a verb. Adjectives can be colors, sizes, and other various traits that can help describe nouns.
A run-on sentence is when there are two subjects with verbs in the same sentence with no punctuation to separate them.
Articles are considered adjectives. They are used to signal a noun or refer to nouns.
Examples of linking verbs include: is, were, appear, look, and taste. These aren't actions; they're states of being and conditions.
For this sentence, the proper form of the adjective here should be singular. The spotted dogs had three bones.
Homophones are words that sound the same, but they are spelled differently and all of them have different meanings. With the exception of "your" and "you're," "there," "their," and "they're" are the most misused words on social media.
The past tense of "to find" is "found." It is considered an irregular verb.
In the English language, the double negative is considered incorrect. While other languages allow multiple negatives in a single sentence, in English, they cancel each other out. This sentence should read "She never had anything bad to say about anyone."
A subject pronoun can be used as the subject of a sentence. In this case, "me" cannot be used as a subject. The proper form of a first-person subject pronoun is "I."
Working with homophones can be difficult. That is why it's so important to know everything there is to know about apostrophes.
Winter is the coldest time of year. Regular adjectives, such as "cold," add an -est to modify them further.
Just like verbs, adjectives can take on several different forms. By adding more or most to an adjective, you are further enhancing the noun, and making it more specific.
The pronoun in this sentence comes after the antecedent. The pronoun is "its" and the antecedent the pronoun replaces is "dog."
A demonstrative adjective signals "which one." Examples of demonstrative adjectives are this, that, these,and those.
A proper noun is a specific person, place, or thing. A city is general, but Chicago is a specific city.
Object pronouns are always used after the action in the sentence. They cannot be used as the subject of the sentence.
The verb "to be" takes on many different forms in the English language. They include, was, is, are, am, and were.
Irregular verbs are exceptions to the rules when it comes to forming tense. They don't take on the -d or -ed in the past tense. Irregular verbs include "to find" and "to think."
"First of all" is a transitional phrase. You always need a comma after transitional words and phrases.
Conjunction words connect two sentences. Remember FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so.
An error in subject-verb agreement happens when a plural noun takes a singular verb. Instead, the subject should be "dog" or the verb should be "have"
A subject is a noun (person, place, thing, or idea) that is doing something. A sentence is not complete without a subject.
Always look at the verb when you are considering tense. Regular verbs take on their normal form in the present tense.
Contractions take two words and shorten them. The apostrophe in a contraction signals letters that were taken out.
The antecedent of a pronoun is the noun that said pronoun replaces. When you use pronouns, it's important that the antecedent is clear to the audience.
Whose is possessive while who's is a contraction for "who" and "is." The correct sentence here is "Whose family is in your car?"