Basic Grammar Rules

Have you mastered these basic grammar rules? If you’d like to answer yes, review your knowledge with the articles below. You might be surprised at how many rules you remember and how many rules you still need to learn.

The nouns that pronouns replace are antecedents. The antecedents must correspond to the nouns they refer to in gender and number.

What are some of the most commonly confused phrases in English and how can you say them correctly?

What is the objective case? A direct object receives the action of a transitive verb, and you can usually distinguish it from an indirect object with one simple question.

“I” and “me” confuse people sometimes, but there is an easy trick to help you.

To compare two things in the same sentence, we use comparatives.

Defining clauses provide essential information about the words they modify. Nondefining clauses give supplementary information and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.

Grammar cases such as subjective, objective, and possessive tell you the special roles that pronouns play in a sentence.

Direct objects are key to understanding the difference between intransitive and transitive verbs.

In an inverted sentence, the subject comes before the verb to ask a question or add variety to a paragraph.

Irregular comparatives describe one object in relation to another object, but their forms do not follow the general patterns.

What are the basic parts of speech and how do they work?

Some other agent (not the subject of the sentence) performs the action in a sentence written in the passive voice.

Possessive pronouns show that something belongs to something or someone.

Prepositions describe the relationship between certain words in a sentence.

How do subjects and verbs agree?

Superlatives express the highest or most extreme degree of a quality.

You can use the pronoun “they” as a gender-neutral replacement for singular “he” or “she.”

“To be” has an irregular conjugation in the past simple and perfect form.

Whom can serve as a direct object of a verb, the object of a preposition, or describe the object of a relative clause.

In a sentence, how should words be organized? Learn word order in English.

Verbing is the practice of making a verb from a noun.

These basic grammar rules aren’t too hard to master. After you’ve reviewed each article, why not practice with a friend? How many grammar concepts can you explain?

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