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    Default grammar usage- such as verbs, pronouns, etc.

    I would like to know the defination of a verb, pronoun, adjective, article adjective, adverb. The information is for my 10 year old daughter.

    Thank You!

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    :) Here are some general lines to guide you and your daughter :)

    Noun
    Nouns are people, places or things.
    Person (Mary, John, Fido, Mrs Smith)
    Place (the bank, the house, the mall, Japan)
    Thing (table, chair, book, stars, the Sun)

    Basic Pronouns
    Pronouns stand for people and things:
    I, you, she, he, it, we, they
    me, you, her, him, it, us, them
    my, your, her, his, its, ours, theirs

    Basic Verbs
    Action words (walk, talk, sleep, eat, wash)
    Stative words (see, hear, listen)
    Linking words (am, is, are, was, were)

    Adjective
    Describes a noun. It adds more meaning to a noun:
    Example: The blue book.
    Example: I am happy.

    Adverb
    Describes a verb. It adds more meaning to a verb:
    Example: He eats very quickly. (Lots of adverbs end in -ly)
    Example: I went shopping yesterday.

    Adverbs can come at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence.

    Article (Also called determiner)
    Articles go before nouns:
    Example: a house, an egg, the egg

    Articles go before adjectives + nouns:
    Example: a white house, an ugly duck, the ugly duck

    Use 'a' before consonants, like (t,d,k and so on) and
    use 'an' before vowels (a, e, i, o, u).

    All the best,

    Casiopea :)

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    Default Re: grammar usage- such as verbs, pronouns, etc.

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    I would like to know the defination of a verb, pronoun, adjective, article adjective, adverb. The information is for my 10 year old daughter.

    Thank You!
    To expand on Casiopea's explanation:

    1. A noun is the name of a person or thing (animals, tables, chairs, intangible things like "news", feelings like "happiness", abstract things like "thoughts")
    2. A pronoun stands for a noun.
    3. An adjective tells more about a noun or pronoun (pretty bird, happy people, lucky number, the fruits are fresh)
    4. A verb is an action or occurence, or expresses existence or presence in a context denoted by a noun, adjective or adverb. E.g.
    (a) I run (action).
    (b) The apple fell (occurence) from the tree.
    (c) She is a girl (existence-noun context).
    (d) Mum is beautiful (existence-adjective context).
    (e) Dad is early (presence-adverb context).
    5. An adverb tells more about a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. E.g.
    (a) Dad swims fast ("fast" tells about verb "swim").
    (b) Dog is very naughty ("very" tells about adjective "naughty").
    (c) We are too early ("too" tells about adverb "early").
    6. Articles: Only two: A/An and The.
    (a) A or An refers to one person or thing (a noun) but not a specific one. E.g. An apple a day keeps the doctor away (not saying exactly which apple).
    (b) The apple on the table is mine (referring to that particular apple that is on the table).

    Your daughter may be too young to be taught the following (but you can keep this in mind for later):
    1. Students are sometimes not taught that MANY words belong to more than one category (part of speech: nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc), depending on their particular usage in a sentence. They think wrongly that the categorization is FIXED for all words (i.e. a word is either an adjective, or adverb, or preposition, etc).
    2. Examples,
    (a) Music is for ALL (everyone-pronoun)
    (b) ALL boys are naughty (describing "boys"-adjective)
    (c) The stories are ALL true (telling about adjective "true"-adverb).

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