Several of my friends are self-proclaimed grammar nerds. Yay for them, but diagramming sentences seems like torture to me. I don’t want to think about it unless I have to, or unless I’m listening to School House Rock. Are you a grammar nerd, or a non-grammar nerd?
Here’s a grammar cheat sheet for all the non-grammar nerds, with
links to School House Rock videos! (Note: this is a really simple cheat
sheet. For more information, watch the School House Rock videos and grab
a copy of Elements of Style.)
Adjectives: used to modify nouns
Adverbs: used to modify verbs
Conjunctions: connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences
Interjections: words and phrases that express emotion (set apart from the sentence with an exclamation point or comma)
Nouns: a person, place or thing
Prepositions*: link a word or phrase to other words in a sentence (usually indicating a spatial relationship)
Pronouns: replace a noun or proper noun
Subjects and Predicates: The subject is a noun (who or what the sentence is about). The predicate is a verb (the action the subject takes).
Verbs: express action, being, or state of being
What’s your favorite School House Rock song? Mine is Conjunction Junction (the noun and verb songs tie for second favorite).
* I don’t remember the preposition song/video, which is probably why
prepositions are easier for me to use than define. Do you remember the
preposition song or video?