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Grammar Boot Camp #1: Laying the Write Foundation: Nouns, Pro

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Grammar Boot Camp #1: Laying the Write Foundation: Nouns, Pronouns, and Verb Tense
The Tenses
There are four kinds of verb tenses that help with ordering the chaos of time: 1) Simple Tenses, 2) Perfect Tenses, 3) Progressive Tenses, and 4) Complete Progressive Tenses.
Verbs
In elementary school, teachers always taught us that a verb is an "action word," but that isn't the case once our brains have matured to understand the complex theory that is time.

A verb tells time!


Examples
By SL. Kaley Keene
A Noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. It can be either singular or plural.

A Proper Noun is a name of a specific person, place, thing, or idea and must be capitalized.

common nouns: "science"
"college"
proper nouns: "The Big Bang Theory"
"Valencia College"
The amused child laughed.

Both "amused" and "laughed" are action words, but both of these words cannot be the verb.

Can you identify the verb?
The verb is "laughed."

Here's why.

The amused child was laughing. (past tense)

The amused child laughs. (present)

See the difference in time?
Helping Verbs
All words that help set the time or conditions of the action or state of being are helping verbs.
Words that are always helping verbs:


can, will, shall, may, must, might, could, would, should
Words that are sometimes Main Verbs and sometimes Helping Verbs: Forms of Be, Do, and Have
am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been
do, does, did, doing, done,
have, has, had, having
Examples:

1) I
walk
. I
walked
. I
will walk
.

2) I
have been
a good student for a while now. I
had been
a good student until I got addicted to Netflix. I
will have been
a good student for the whole semester come December.
3) I
am
kind. I
was
kind. I
will be
kind in class today.
4) The nurse
has tried
to treat the illness. She
had been
making progress until the illness became stronger. She
will have been
a nurse for a year come March.
Pronouns
He, She, It, They, Them, Their, Him, Her
These words have the job to replace nouns in a sentence.

Shelby
is such a great writer!
Her
work is so inspiring!
The pronoun "her" is used to replace "Shelby's". (see Prezi #5 for more information on the possessive case)
Concrete Nouns: These nouns represent people, places, and things, and they are things that can be seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled. These nouns can further be divided into common and proper nouns.
Abstract Nouns: These nouns represent the intangible, such as ideas, thoughts, and realizations. They are not bound by the five senses like concrete nouns. They can be further divided into common and proper nouns.
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