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What you’ll find in this book
1 Nouns 7–23
Common Nouns 7
Proper Nouns 8
Singular Nouns 11
Plural Nouns 11
Collective Nouns 17
Masculine and Feminine Nouns 20
The Possessive Form of Nouns 22
2 Pronouns 24–31
Personal Pronouns 24
Reflexive Pronouns 26
Possessive Pronouns 27
Demonstrative Pronouns 27
Interrogative Pronouns 28
Indefinite Pronouns 28
3 Adjectives 32–43
Kinds of Adjectives 32
The Order of Adjectives 33
Adjective Endings 35
Describing What Something Is Made of 37
The Comparison of Adjectives 39
Adjective Phrases 42
4 Determiners 44–51
The Articles 44
Using Nouns without Articles 45
Demonstrative Determiners 46
Quantifying Determiners 47
Interrogative Determiners 49
Possessive Determiners 49
Using Determiners Together 50
5 Verbs and Tenses 52–87
Subject and Verb Agreement 52
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs 55
The Simple Present Tense 58
am, is and are 59
there is and there are 60
The Present Progressive Tense 63
The Simple Past Tense 65
was and were 66
Irregular Verbs 67
The Past Progressive Tense 70
have, has and had 71
The Present Perfect Tense 73
Irregular Past Participles 73
The Future Tense 77
do, does and did 80
The Infinitive 83
The Imperative Form of Verbs 84
6 Auxiliary Verbs 88–94
can and could 88
will and would 89
shall and should 89
ought to 90
may and might 90
Verb Phrases 91
7 Adverbs and Adverb Phrases 95–100
Adverbs of Manner 95
Adverbs of Time 96
Adverbs of Place 96
Adverbs of Frequency 97
Adverbs of Duration 97
Adverbs of Emphasis 98
8 Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases 101–108
Preposition or Adverb? 101
Prepositions of Place 102
Prepositions of Time 102
Prepositions of Direction 103
Prepositions with Special Uses 103
Prepositions with Adjectives, Verbs or Nouns 105
9 Conjunctions 109–117
and, but and or 109
Conjunctions Linking Phrases 110
Conjunctions with Lists 110
Conjunctions That Join Sentences 111
Other Words for and 111
Other Words for but 112
Other Words for or 112
Conjunctions of Time 113
Conjunctions of Place 113
Conjunctions of Reason 114
Conjunctions of Purpose 114
10 Sentences 118–133
Four Kinds of Sentence 118
Sentences with Objects 119
Verbs with Two Objects 120
Verbs with No Object 120
Simple Sentences 123
Compound Sentences 123
Conditional Sentences 124
Positive and Negative Sentences 124
Question Tags 130
11 Direct and Indirect Speech 134–139
Direct Speech 134
Indirect Speech 134
Indirect Commands 135
Indirect Questions 136
12 Punctuation 140–148
Punctuation Marks: period, comma, question mark, exclamation point, apostrophe, quotation marks, colon 140
Capital Letter 144
A List of Irregular Verbs 149–152
There are two main types of nouns: common nouns and proper nouns.
1. Common Nouns
Words for people, places and things are called common nouns.
These common nouns are words for things.
ruler chair hammer bicycle truth pen table saw ship calculator crayons sofa axe truck television pencil loyalty drill ferry fridge book lamp ladder train cooker
dictionary carpet lawnmower bus computer courage telephone spade laziness printer
These common nouns are words for animals. Notice that special names for
young animals are included.
animal its young
These common nouns are words for places.
hotel gas station
animal its young
school post office
university police station
These common nouns are words for people who do certain things.
singer manager sailor gardener dancer secretary pilot police officer artist teacher driver plumber photographer doctor writer farmer magician dentist friend clerk athlete lawyer brother technician
2. Proper Nouns
The names of particular people, places and things are proper nouns. They
always begin with a capital letter.
These people’s names are proper nouns.
Robin Hood Florence Nightingale Mom Miss Park Aladdin Muhammad Ali Dad Mrs. Taylor Frankenstein George Washington Granny Mr. Young Harry Potter David Beckham Grandad Dr. Lee Santa Claus Julia Roberts Uncle David Professor Raj Mahatma Gandhi Nelson Mandela Aunt Diana Jose Confucius Alex Rodriguez Ms. Hall Yang Ming
The names of the days of the week and the months of the year are proper
days of the week months
- Monday January July
- Tuesday February August
- Wednesday March September
- Thursday April October
- Friday May November
- Saturday June December
- Sunday 4 11 18 25
- Monday 5 12 19 26
- Tuesday 6 13 20 27
- Wednesday 7 14 21 28
- Thursday 1 8 15 22 29
- Friday 2 9 16 23 30
- Saturday 3 10 17 24 31
The names of special days and celebrations are also proper nouns.
- New Year’s Day Veterans' Day
- Mother’s Day Thanksgiving
- Independence Day Memorial Day
- Valentine’s Day Halloween
- Labor Day Christmas
- Ramadan Yom Kippur
- Big Ben the Empire State Building
- the Sphinx the Taj Mahal
- Graceland the Eiffel Tower
- the Grand Canyon the Golden Gate Bridge
- the Sydney Opera House the Great Wall of China
- Buckingham Palace Chaco Canyon Pueblo
- the Leaning Tower of Pisa the Statue of Liberty
- Afghanistan Afghans
- Australia Australians
- Britain the British
- China the Chinese
- France the French
- Germany Germans
- India Indians
- Indonesia Indonesians
- Italy Italians
- Japan the Japanese
- Korea Koreans
- Malaysia Malaysians
- Samoa Samoans
- New Zealand New Zealanders
- Pakistan Pakistanis
- the Philippines Filipinos
- Russia Russians
- Nicaragua Nicaraguans
- South Africa South Africans
- Spain Spaniards
- Switzerland the Swiss
- Thailand Thais
- USA Americans
- Vietnam the Vietnamese
A. Singular Nouns
Nouns can be singular or plural.
When you are talking about just one thing or person, use a singular noun.
a tent a park an idea
a taxi a doctor an oven
a house a lady an exercise
B. Plural Nouns
Use a plural noun when you are talking about two or more people, places or things.
Just add s to make most nouns plural.
a computer computers
a chair chairs
a train trains
a player players
a teacher teachers
a taxi taxis
N o t e s
- Words called articles or determiners are used to signal nouns.
- a river an armchair three biscuits
- a castle an idea five eggs
- The article an is used before nouns that begin with the vowels a, e, i, o and u.
- an artist an eye an insect
- an oven an umbrella
- The article a is used before nouns that begin with the other letters, called consonants.
- But some words don’t follow these rules.
- a uniform, a unit, a user: a, not an, is used because the vowel u in these words is pronounced like the word you;
- an hour, an heir, an honor: an, not a, is used because the consonant h in these words is not pronounced.
a mountain mountains
a river rivers
an envelope envelopes
an insect insects
an oven ovens
an uncle uncles
Nouns that end in s, ss, ch, sh or x, are made plural by adding es.
Most nouns that end in y are made plural by changing the y to i and adding es.
singular - plural
Nouns that have a vowel before the y are made plural by simply adding s at the end.
singular - plural
Many nouns that end in f are made plural by changing the f to v and adding es.
singular - plural
But some nouns that end in f are made plural simply by adding s.
singular - plural
Some nouns that end in f can be
made plural in two ways.
scarf scarfs or scarves
hoof hoofs or hooves
dwarf dwarfs or dwarves
wharf wharfs or wharves
Most nouns that end in fe are made plural by changing the f to v and adding s.
Most nouns that end in o are made plural by adding s.
But other nouns that end in o are
made plural by adding es.
Some nouns change spelling from the singular form to the plural.
The plural form of some nouns is the same as the singular form.
sheep sheep (not sheeps)
deer deer (not deers)
fish fish (not fishes)
aircraft aircraft (not aircrafts)
salmon salmon (not salmons)
N o t e s
When you are talking about different kinds of fish, the plural can be fishes,
the various fishes of the Indian Ocean
What's the plural of the kind
of mouse that you use with a
computer? The plural is either
mice or mouses.
Some nouns are always plural.
Some nouns are usually plural.
Words for groups of people, animals or things are called collective nouns.
Here are some collective nouns for groups of people.
a family a crew
a team a club
a community a committee
a choir a company
a band a gang
an orchestra the government
an audience the army
Collective nouns may be used with a singular verb or with a plural verb. If the group is acting as a single unit, use a singular verb. If group members are acting as individuals, use a plural verb. For example:
The crowd was orderly.
The crowd were clapping, yelling and cheering.
Here are more collective nouns you can use for groups of people.
a crowd of shoppers a gang of thieves
a company of actors a panel of judges
a class of schoolchildren a platoon of soldiers
Many groups of animals have their own special collective nouns.
a herd of cattle a pack of wolves a litter of puppies
a flock of birds a pride of lions a troop of monkeys
a drove of sheep a pod of dolphins a brood of chickens
a gaggle of geese a school of fish a swarm of bees
Always use a plural verb with the collective nouns, people and the police. For example:
Those people live (not lives) in Asia.
The police have caught (not has caught) the thief.
Some groups of things also have their own special collective nouns.
a bunch of bananas a deck of cards
a cluster of grapes a flight of steps
a bunch of flowers a suite of rooms
a bouquet of flowers a suite of furniture
a range of mountains a set of tools
a fleet of ships a string of beads
a fleet of vehicles a grove of trees
Some nouns name the amount or form of something.
a loaf of bread a bar of soap
a ball of string a bar of chocolate
The words a piece of mean a single serving or part of something.
a slice/piece of bread a slice/piece of cheese
a piece/square of chocolate a slice/piece of cake
a sheet/piece of paper a piece of chalk
a piece of information a piece of advice
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