Grammar (through a poem!)

A NOUN’s the name of anything;

As school or garden, hoop, or swing.

ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun;

As great, small, pretty, white or brown.

Instead of nouns the PRONOUNS stand;

Her face, his face, our arms, your hand.

VERBS tell of something being done;

To read, count, sing, laugh, jump or run.

How things are done the ADVERBS tell;

As slowly, quickly, ill or well.

CONJUNCTIONS join the words together;

As men and women, wind or weather;

The preposition stands before

A noun, as in or through a door.

The INTERJECTION shows surprise;

As oh! how pretty! ah! how wise!

from Robert A. Day. (1995). Scientific English (2nd Edition). Phoenix, AZ. Oryx Press, p. 23-24.

in Christina Low & Daphne Pan. (2002). The Write Right Guide (4th Edition). Singapore. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore, p. 16.

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