Letter D – Glossary Of Grammatical Terms
English Grammatical Terms
- D,d — (Fourth Letter of The Alphabet)
- Dangling Modifier — A Dangling Modifier is a Clause or Phrase which has a different meaning than what was meant by the speaker or writer due to the fact that there are essential words missing — and there-fore, the meaning is “Dangling”.
- Declarative Sentence — This is simply any Sentence which “Declares” something — rather than asking a Question, or making a command or request.
- Definite Article — The Definite Article is a type of Adjective which says specifically “Which One”. The only Definite Article is the word: “The”.
- Demonstrative — A Demonstrative is either a Pronoun or an Adjective which states which “Thing” is referred to in a: Clause, Phrase or Sentence.
- Demonstrative Adjective — This is an Adjective which states (“Demonstrates”) which “Thing” is being referred to: “This”, “That”, “These”, “Those”, “His”, “Hers”, “Its”, “Their”, etc..
- Demonstrative Pronoun — This is simply a Pronoun which is used in place of a Noun (when the Noun is not needed.) Examples of this is when any of the Demonstrative Adjectives above are used with-out stating the Noun they are referring to (mostly because it is already understood what they are in reference to.)
- Dependent Clause — (Another name for a “Subordinate Clause”) — This is a Clause which “Depends” on the Main Clause to give the meaning, and then adds to that meaning — how-ever, it can not act as a full Clause on it’s own. (The Clause above starting with “how-ever” is an example of this.)
- Determiner — A word (such as a pronoun, or article) with-in a Noun-Phrase which functions to “Determine”, identify, or distinguish the Noun. It can express information such as: quantity, proximity, definiteness, and relationship.
- Direct Object — This is the Noun or Pronoun in a sentence which “Receives” The Action Of The Verb, or shows the result of the action.
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