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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 better.
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 recognize 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”.
✔ Parts of Speech
✔ Phrases and Clauses
✔Construction of Sentences
✔The Rules of Concord
✔Direct Speech and Reported
✔Active and Passive Voice
✔Exercises for Self Assessment
✔Sample Examination Questions
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PEEK INTO THE TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 – Determiners
1.1 What are Determiners?
1.2 Categories of Determiners
CHAPTER 2 – Nouns and Noun Phrases
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 Nominalized Words
2.3 Nouns and Gender
2.4 Nouns and Cases
2.4.1 The Nominative (Subjective Case)
2.4.2 The Objective Case
2.4.3 The Possessive Case
2.5 Noun Phrase
2.5.1. The Structure of a Noun Phrase
2.5.2 The Functions of the Noun Phrase
2.6. Rules about the Use of Some Nouns
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 Pronouns
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 The 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 Adjective Phrase
4.9.2 The Functions of Adjective Phrases
CHAPTER 5 – Verbs and Verb Phrases
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 Infiniteness of Verbs
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 Adverbs
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 The Rules of Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
7.5 The 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 Conjunctions
8.2.1 Coordinating Conjunction
8.2.2 Subordinating Conjunctions
CHAPTER 9 – Interjection
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
10.4 Coordination of Clauses
10.5 Subordination of Clauses
10.6 Clause Patterns in Examples
10.7 Types of Clauses
10.7.1 Noun Clause
10.7.2 Adjectival Clause
10.7.3 Adverbial Clause
10.7.3.1 Types of Adverbial Clauses
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 Tense
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 Subjects
iv) Double Title Concord
v) Accompaniment Concord
vi) Concord of Indefinite Pronouns
vii) Concord of Proximity
viii) Concord of Pronouns’ Antecedents
ix) Concord Relating to “More Than”
x) Concord Relating to Percentage and Fraction
xi) Concord of Pluratia Tantum
xii) Concord Relating to Time/Distance/Measurement/Money
xiii) Concord Involving “Many a”
xiv) Concord Involving “The Number of/A Number of”
xv) Concord Involving “Here/There”
xvi) Concord Involving “A lot of”
xvii) Concord Involving “A Pair of”
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 Sentence
15.3.4 Reporting an Exclamatory Sentence
15.4 Mutations of Word Classes and Tenses in Reported Speeches
15.4.1 Verb Changes in Reported Speeches
15.4.2 Pronoun Changes in Reported Speeches
15.4.3 Adverb Changes in Reported Speeches
15.4.4 Tense Changes in Reported Speeches
15.5 Functions of Reported Speeches
CHAPTER 16 – Formation of Questions
16.1 Types of Questions
16.1.2 Yes/NO Question
16.1.3. Indirect Questions
16.1.4 Negative Questions
220.127.116.11 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
CHAPTER 17 – Sample Examination Questions