Grammar

The Best Grammar Review: Examples, Exercises, Tips, and Quizzes

A collection of English grammar 101 articles to help with teaching and learning grammar. Easy-to-follow guides to use at home or in your classroom.

Parts of Speech

What is a noun? What are the different types of nouns?

A noun is a word used to name a person, place, thing, or idea. There's a good chance you've asked yourself, "What is a noun?" or "What is a pronoun?" at some point in your life.

In the following grammar review articles, we provide free grammar help for you to learn about the differences between common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns, and irregular nouns. You'll learn how they're used, when to use them, and also have an opportunity to put what you learned to the test in an interactive quiz.

What is a verb? What is the difference between an action verb versus an auxiliary verb?

Verbs are essential parts of any sentence. They help you express a complete thought through actions or a state of being. You've probably asked yourself at least once before, "What is a verb?" or "What is the difference between an action verb and an auxiliary verb?".

In the grammar lessons below, you'll learn about all the different types of verbs. We review topics like action verbs, auxiliary verbs, and linking verbs. You'll learn how to recognize and use verbs, and be able to apply what you learned in a free quiz.

What are describing words? What is an adverb?

Describing words help bring color to your writing. Adjectives are modifiers that allow you to modify a noun or pronoun. Adverbs tell us the intensity of a verb, adverb, or adjective in a sentence. You've probably wondered before, "What is an adverb?", "What is the difference between an adjective and an adverb?", or "What is the difference between a comparative and superlative?".

In the following grammar lessons, we'll review topics on how to use describing words. We'll go over things such as when to use adjectives and adverbs, as well as when to use comparatives and superlatives.

What are pronouns? What are antecedents?

Pronouns take the place of a noun and can do everything nouns can do. Nouns that act as roots for pronouns are antecedents. You've probably asked yourself before, "What is a pronoun?" or "What is an antecedent?".

The grammar lessons below will answer both of these questions and more. We'll review tips for understanding pronouns and antecedents, as well as provide lists of both parts of speech for you to review.

What are prepositional phrases?

Prepositions express relationships between nouns. If you've ever wondered, "What are examples of prepositional phrases?", we give you the answer in our review post below.

In the following grammar lesson, we'll review tips for understanding prepositional phrases, exercises to review what you learned, and more.

What are conjunctions? What is the difference between subordinating and coordinating conjunctions?

It's sometimes difficult to understand the difference between all the types of conjunctions. In the following grammar review lessons, we go over what each type of conjunction is, the nuances between them, and how to use them in a sentence.

If you review all three of these posts, you'll understand subordinating vs. coordinating vs. correlative conjunctions like the back of your hand.

Parts of a Sentence

What are subjects of a sentence? What about predicates? Why is subject-verb agreement important?

Subjects are always a noun or a pronoun that is either performing the action of the sentence or experiencing a state of being. Predicates describe what the subject is doing or the state of the subject. Subject-verb agreement is important because it shows the relationship between the subject and the predicate of the sentence; the two must always agree in tense and number!

The grammar lessons below will help you master these fundamentals when it comes to parts of a sentence. We'll go over tips for understanding subject-verb agreement, exercises, and more.

Clauses and Phrases

Curious what an independent clause is? What is the difference between adverbial clauses and noun clauses?

Independent clauses are combinations of at least one subject and predicate that help express a complete thought. Adverbial clauses modify words already in a sentence instead of replacing them whereas noun clauses are dependent clauses that can replace subjects, objects, or subject complements in sentences.

The following grammar lessons below will help you master these fundamentals when it comes to different types of clauses and phrases. We'll go over tips for understanding independent vs. dependent clauses, exercises, and more.

Punctuation

Wondering when to use possessive apostrophes vs. contractions? When should you use a comma or punctuate phrases?

Many people make mistakes when it comes to proper punctuation. We're here to help -- in this series of posts, we'll review the different types of apostrophes, commas, punctuating phrases, and identifying simple sentences.

In the following grammar lessons, we'll review the two primary ways you use apostrophes, when to use commas, along with other punctuation related topics. You'll have a plethora of exercises to try out for yourself and test your understanding.

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