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Unformatted text preview: • Noun a word that names a person, place, thing, or abstraction o Proper name a specific person place or thing Madonna, Chicago, Star Wars o Common describe one or more members of a large class of things Elk, flower, movie Subdivisions of common nounds • Collective noun they give a name to a group or collection of things o Flock, squad, audience • Concrete nouns identify something perceivable by the sense o Bottle, fence, tree • Abstract nouns name a quality or idea o Shame, anger, virtue • Verb a world or group of words that asserts something about the subject of the sentence; the assertion may describe an action (John fell or I left) or it may express identity or state of being (john is lazy) • Transitive vs. Intransitive verb o Transitive need an object (toss, hug) (I spent ____) o Intransitive doesn’t need an object (I skied) • Action vs. Linking o Linking “to be” Is, was, were, am, will be o Action everything else besides “to be” verbs; something is happening Run, jump, flew, tossed o Big difference linking doesn’t suggest action • Adjective used to describe a noun o Red, furry, skinny, boring • Preposition...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course COMM 401 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.
- Fall '08