Grammatical Terms and Definitions

A

  • abbreviation
  • absolute possessive
  • abstract noun
  • accusative case
  • acronym
  • active sentence
  • active voice
  • adjective
  • adjective clause
  • adjective phrase
  • adjunct
  • adverb
  • adverbial clause
  • adverbial phrase
  • affix
  • alliteration
  • anagram
  • analogy
  • anaphora
  • anastrophe
  • antecedent
  • antonym
  • apostrophe
  • apposition
  • appositive
  • archaism
  • article
  • aspect
  • assonance
  • auxiliary verb
  • B

  • base form
  • brackets
  • C

  • case
  • clause
  • cliche
  • co-ordinate conjunction
  • collective noun
  • colloquialism
  • colon
  • comma
  • common noun
  • commoratio
  • comparative
  • complement
  • complete aspect
  • complete tense
  • complex sentence
  • compound adjective
  • compound noun
  • compound predicate
  • compound sentence
  • compound subject
  • compound verb
  • concrete noun
  • conditional sentences
  • conjunction
  • conjunctive adverb
  • connotation
  • consonance
  • consonant
  • continuing aspect
  • contraction
  • correlative conjunction
  • countable noun
  • D

  • dangling modifier
  • dash
  • dative case
  • declarative sentence
  • definite article
  • demonstrative adjective
  • demonstrative pronoun
  • denotation
  • dependent adverb clause
  • dependent clause
  • determiner
  • diction
  • direct object
  • direct question
  • double comparative
  • double negative
  • E

  • ellipsis
  • emotive language
  • emphatic pronouns
  • enumeration of adjectives
  • epiphora
  • euphemism
  • exclamation mark
  • exclamatory sentence
  • F

  • feminine
  • figurative
  • figure of speech
  • finite verbs
  • first person
  • full stop (period)
  • future perfect tense
  • future perfect progressive tense
  • future progressive tense
  • future tense
  • G

  • gender
  • gender-specific noun
  • genitive case
  • gerund
  • gerund phrase
  • H

  • helping verb
  • homonym
  • hyperbole
  • hyphen
  • I

  • idiom
  • imperative mood
  • imperative sentence
  • indefinite adjective
  • indefinite article
  • indefinite aspect
  • indefinite pronoun
  • indefinite tense
  • independent clause
  • indicative mood
  • indirect object
  • indirect question
  • infinitive form
  • infinitive phrase
  • intensifier
  • intensive pronoun
  • interjection
  • interrogative
  • interrogative adjective
  • interrogative adverb
  • interrogative pronoun
  • interrogative sentence
  • intransitive verb
  • irony
  • irregular verb
  • J

    K

    L

  • limiting modifier
  • linking verb
  • literal meaning
  • logosglyph
  • M

  • masculine
  • mass noun
  • metaphor
  • metonym
  • misplaced modifier
  • modifier
  • mood
  • N

  • neologism
  • neuter
  • nominative case
  • non-countable noun
  • non-finite verbs
  • non-restrictive clause
  • noun
  • noun clause
  • noun phrase
  • number
  • O

  • object
  • object of a preposition
  • objective case
  • object complement
  • objective personal pronoun
  • onomatopoeia
  • oxymoron
  • P

  • palindrome
  • paradox
  • paragraph
  • parentheses
  • parenthesis
  • parenthesis in apposition
  • participle
  • participle phrase
  • parts of speech
  • passive sentence
  • passive voice
  • past form
  • past participle
  • past perfect tense
  • past perfect progressive tense
  • past progressive tense
  • past tense
  • perfect aspect
  • perfect progressive aspect
  • perfect progressive tense
  • perfect tense
  • period (full stop)
  • periodic sentence
  • person
  • personal pronoun
  • personification
  • phrasal verbs
  • phrase
  • plural
  • positive degree
  • possessive adjective
  • possessive case
  • possessive noun
  • possessive personal pronoun
  • possessive pronoun
  • predicate
  • predicate adjectives
  • predicate nominative
  • prefix
  • preposition
  • prepositional phrase
  • present participle
  • present perfect tense
  • present perfect progressive tense
  • present progressive tense
  • present tense
  • progressive aspect
  • progressive tense
  • pronoun
  • proper noun
  • prose
  • punctuation
  • Q

  • question mark
  • quotation
  • quotation marks
  • R

  • reciprocal pronoun
  • reflexive pronoun
  • regular verb
  • relative adverb
  • relative pronoun
  • restrictive clause
  • restrictive modifier
  • rhetorical question
  • root
  • run-on sentence
  • S

  • satire
  • simile
  • second person
  • semicolon
  • sentence
  • simple aspect
  • simple future tense
  • simple past tense
  • simple present tense
  • simple sentence
  • simple subject
  • simple tense
  • singular
  • split infinitive
  • squinting modifier
  • subject
  • subjective case
  • subject complement
  • subject-verb agreement
  • subjective personal pronoun
  • subjunctive mood
  • subordinate clause
  • subordinating conjunction
  • suffix
  • superlative
  • syllable
  • synonym
  • T

  • tautology
  • tense
  • third person
  • title case
  • transitive verb
  • U

    V

  • verb
  • verb root
  • verbal
  • verbal noun
  • vocative case
  • voice
  • vowel
  • W

  • weak verb
  • X

    Y

    Z

  • zeugma
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