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Introduction Basic Grammar Skills A central aspect of the University’s Teaching/Learning Model is the degree of emphasis placed on both written and verbal communication. Students are expected to practice clear and concise oral and written communication. In order to achieve this goal, students need to understand the basic components of proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. This tutorial presents an overview of basic grammar topics. OVERVIEW Basic Grammar Skills This tutorial is designed to present the basics of the following topics: Parts of speech Sentence structure Punctuation Thorough treatment of these topics and others is included in COMM/105, Introduction to Effective Written Communication, and COMM/215, Essentials of College Writing. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the “What’s the Rule” feature in the University Library for additional learning opportunities. Objectives Basic Grammar Skills Use resources available in the University Library to improve basic grammar skills. Identify the basic components of proper grammar and sentence structure. PARTS OF SPEECH Nouns Nouns name people, places, or things and are the main components of the subjects of sentences. Nouns are either singular or plural. Singular nouns are individual items or a group behaving as an individual. These nouns require singular verbs in a sentence. Plural nouns are multiple items and require the use of a plural verb in a sentence. Proper nouns Proper nouns are words that name specific people, places, or things.
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Washington D.C, George Washington, Jefferson Memorial Pronouns Pronouns are words that are used in place of a specific noun. He, She, They, It Verbs Verbs are words that show action or a state of being. Action verbs Action verbs are verbs that show action. Cry, Steal, Run, Jump, Hide Helping verbs Helping verbs are verbs that are used in a verb phrase to demonstrate tense and include forms of the words “do,” “be,” and “have.” Linking verbs
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