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What is a Noun?

Consider the sentences below:

① The country’s wealth belongs to
the mighty.

② Dancing can make you feel

The underlined word (mighty) in
Sentence 1 is an adjective; the underlined word (dancing) in Sentence 2 is a
verb. But these two words are in those sentences as nouns. Yes, they function
in those sentences as nouns, not as an adjective and a verb. Do you want to
verify? Let us attempt substituting them for words that are clearly nouns:

③ The country’s wealth belongs to
the president.

④ Drugs can make you feel better.

“President (person)” and “drugs
(things)” are irrefutably nouns and we have substituted them for an adjective
and a verb respectively. Should we confidently say, “A noun is the name of any
person, animal, place or thing” when “dancing (verb)” and “mighty (adjective)”
can function as nouns? No, we shouldn’t. The point here is that words from other
word classes can function as nouns.

Therefore, we simply define a
noun as a naming word. We can also say, “A noun is a name”.

Here is a tip to help you
recognise a noun when you see one. A noun is that element that comes
immediately after a determiner, e.g. a thief, the fence, few books. Recall that
we discussed determiners in Chapter 1. It is also important to note that a noun
answers the question “who/whom/what/where”.


The Finiteness and Non-Finiteness of Verbs

A verb is finite or non-finite,
depending on its responsiveness to the

singularity/plurality of the
subject and the tense (the time expressed in the

sentence). A finite verb is a
verb that changes as the number of subject changes

and as the time of the action
changes. Study the different mutations of this


78. I prefer my tea without

79. Sandra prefers her tea
without sugar.

80. My late grandfather preferred
his tea without sugar.

In Sentence 78, the subject is
the first person singular; the only conjugation of

the verb “prefer” that
can be used with the subject is the uninflected form (prefer).

The subject of Sentence 79 is the
third person singular and the only conjugation

of the verb “prefer”
that is grammatically suitable for that subject is “prefers”.

Sentence 80 expresses past tense;
the only conjugation of the verb “prefer” that

is grammatically suitable for the
subject is “preferred”.

We can, therefore, say “prefer”
is a finite verb.

Non-finite verbs do not respond
to the singularity/plurality of the subject,

neither do they respond to
tenses. Study the variations below:

81. I love to relax with a bottle
of Coke.

82. He loves to relax with a
bottle of Coke.

83. You love to relax with a
bottle of Coke.

84. My late grandfather loved to
relax with a bottle of Coke.

Did you observe that while the
verb “love” changes in response to the number of

persons and time in each
sentence, the verb “to relax” remains constant in all

the sentences, regardless of the
change in subject or tense?

“To relax” is,
therefore, a non-finite verb; whereas “love” is a finite verb.

This does not, however, mean that
“relax” is inherently a non-finite verb while

“love” is inherently
finite; it is the presence of “to” that renders “relax” non-finite.

There are three types of
non-finite verbs: to-infinitive; gerund and participle.


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✔ Parts of Speech

✔ Phrases and Clauses

✔Construction of Sentences

✔Sentence Types

✔The Rules of Concord

✔Direct Speech and Reported

✔Active and Passive Voice


✔Question Tag

✔Exercises for Self Assessment

✔Sample Examination Questions
and Answers


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CHAPTER 1 – Determiners


1.1 What are Determiners?

1.2 Categories of

1.2.1 Articles

1.2.2 Demonstratives

1.2.3 Interrogatives

1.2.4 Possessives

1.2.5 Quantifiers



CHAPTER 2 – Nouns and Noun
Phrases Objectives

2.1 What is a Noun?

2.2 Classification of Nouns

2.2.1 Common Nouns

2.2.2 Proper Nouns

2.2.3 Collective Noun

2.2.4 Concrete Nouns

2.2.5 Abstract Nouns

2.2.6 Compound Nouns

2.2.7 Nominalised Words

2.3 Nouns and Gender

2.4 Nouns and Cases

2.4.1 The Nominative (Subjective

2.4.2 The Objective Case

2.4.3 The Possessive Case

2.5 Noun Phrase

2.5.1. The Structure of a Noun

2.5.2 The Functions of the Noun

2.6. Rules about the Use of Some



CHAPTER 3 – Pronouns


3.1 What is a Pronoun?

3.2 Types of Pronouns

3.2.1 Personal Pronouns

3.2.2 Reflexive Pronouns

3.2.3 Interrogative Pronouns

3.2.4 Demonstrative

3.2.5 Possessive Pronouns

3.2.6 Indefinite Pronouns

3.2.7 Reciprocal Pronouns

3.2.8 Relative Pronouns

3.2.9 Distributive Pronouns

3.3 Rules Guiding the Use of Some
Pronouns Evaluation


CHAPTER 4 – Adjectives and
Adjective Phrases


4.1. What is an Adjective?

4.2 Formation of Adjectives

4.3 Types of Adjectives

4.3.1 Adjective of Origin

4.3.2 Adjective of Quality

4.3.3 Adjective of Colour

4.3.4 Adjective of Size

4.3.5 Adjectives of Quantity

4.3.6. Possessive Adjectives

4.3.7 Interrogative Adjectives

4.4. Comparison of Adjectives

4.5. Non-Gradable Adjectives

4.6 Positioning of Adjectives

4.7 Ordering of Adjectives

4.8 Adjective Intensifiers

4.9 Adjective Phrases

4.9.1. The Structure of an
Adjectival Phrase

4.9.2 Functions of Adjective



CHAPTER 5 – Verbs and Verb


5.1 What is a Verb?

5.2 Classification of Verbs

5.2.1 Lexical Verbs

5.2.2 Auxiliary Verbs

5.3 The Finiteness and
Non-Finiteness of Verbs

5.3.1 To-Infinitive

5.3.2 Gerunds

5.3.3 Participle

5.4 Verbs and Moods

5.4.1 The Indicative Mood

5.4.2 The Subjunctive Mood

5.4.3 The Imperative Mood

Notes on Some Verbs

5.5 Verb Phrases

5.5.1. Finite Verb Phrase

5.5.2 Participial Phrase

5.5.3 Infinitive Phrase



CHAPTER 6 – Adverbs


6.1. What is an Adverb?

6.2. Formation of Adverbs

6.3. Gradation and Comparison of

6.4 Adverb Phrases

6.5 Types of Adverbs and Adverb
Phrases 6.6. Functions of Adverbs and Adverb Phrases Evaluation


CHAPTER 7- Prepositions and
Prepositional Phrases


7.1 What is a Preposition

7.2 Categories of Prepositions

7.3 Prepositional Phrases

7.4 Rules of Prepositions and
Prepositional Phrases

7.5 Functions of Prepositions and
Prepositional Phrases

7.6 The Positions Prepositions

7.7 Types of Prepositions

7.7.1 Notes on Some Prepositions
of Place



CHAPTER 8 – Conjunctions


8.1 What is a Conjunction?

8.2 Categories of

8.2.1 Coordinating

8.2.2 Subordinating



CHAPTER 9 – Interjection


9.1 Definition

CHAPTER 10 – Clauses


10.1 What is a Clause?

10.2 Categories of Clauses

10.2.1 Main Clause

10.2.2 Subordinate Clause

10.3 Elements of a Clause

10.3.1 Subject

10.3.2 Verb

10.3.3 Object

10.3.4 Complements

10.3.5. Adverbials

10.4 Coordination of Clauses

10.5 Subordination of Clauses

10.5 Rankshifting

10.6 Clause Patterns in

10.7 Types of Clauses

10.7.1 Noun Clause

10.7.2 Adjectival Clause

10.7.3 Adverbial Clause Types of Adverbial



CHAPTER 11 – The Sentence


11.1 What is a Sentence?

11.2 Forms of Sentences

11.2.1 Elliptical Sentence

11.2.2 Unfinished Sentence

11.2.3 Complete Sentence

11.3 Classification of Sentences

11.3.1 Classification of
Sentences According to Structure

11.3.2 Classification of
Sentences According to Functions Evaluation


CHAPTER 12 – Tense and Aspect


12.1 The Definition of a

12.2 The Definition of an Aspect

12.3 Tenses and Aspects

12.3.1 The Past Tense

12.3.2 The Present Tense

12.3.3 The Future Tense

12.3.4 The Future in the Past



CHAPTER 13 – Concord


13.1 What is Concord?

13.2 The Rules of Concord

ii) Notional Concord

iii) Concord of Coordinate

iv) Double Title Concord v)
Accompaniment Concord

vi) Concord of Indefinite

vii) Concord of Proximity

viii) Concord of Pronouns’

ix) Concord Relating to “More

x) Concord Relating to Percentage
and Fraction

xi) Concord of Pluratia Tantum

xii) Concord Relating to

xiii) Concord Involving “Many a”

xiv) Concord Involving “The
number of/A number of”

xv) Concord Involving

xvi) Concord Involving “A lot

xvii) Concord Involving “A Pair

xviii) Concord Involving “Much
of/Most of”

xix) Concord Relating to the
Titles of Books/Movies

xx) Concord Relating to the
Subjunctive Mood



CHAPTER 14 – Active Voice and
Passive Voice Objectives

14.1 The Active Voice

14.2 The Passive Voice 14.3
Formation of the Passive Voice

14.4 The Passive Voice in Tenses

14.4.1 The Passive Voice in the
Simple Past Tense

14.4.2 The Passive Voice in the
Past Progressive Tense

14.4.3 The Passive Voice in the
Past Perfect Tense

14.4.4 The Passive Voice in the
Simple Present Tense

14.4.5 The Passive Voice in the
Present Progressive Tense

14.4.6 The Passive Voice in the
Present Perfect Tense

14.4.7 The Passive Voice in the
Simple Future Tense

14.4.8 The Passive Voice in the
Future Perfect Tense

14.5 Uses of the Passive Voice



CHAPTER 15 – Direct Speech and
Reported Speech

15.1 What is a Direct Speech?
What is a Reported Speech?

15.2 Points to Note When Making
Reported Speeches

15.3 Reported Speech and the
Different Sentence Types

15.3.1 Reporting a Declarative
Sentence 15.3.2 Reporting an Interrogative Sentence

15.3.3 Reporting an Imperative

15.3.4 Reporting an Exclamatory

15.4 Mutations of Word Classes
and Tenses in Reported Speeches

15.4.1 Verb Changes in Reported

15.4.2 Pronoun Changes in
Reported Speeches

15.4.3 Adverb Changes in Reported

15.4.4 Tense Changes in Reported

15.5 Functions of Reported



CHAPTER 16 – Formation of

Objectives Introduction

16.1 Types of Questions

16.1.1 Wh-Questions

16.1.2 Yes/NO Question

16.1.3. Indirect Questions

16.1.4 Negative Questions Uses of Negative
Questions 16.1.5 Question Tag 16.1.5 Rules about Question Tag

16.5.2 Contractions to Use in
Question Tags




Sample Examination Questions

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