English Grammatical Terms
- Gerund – The word Gerund is the Term for a Grammatical Unit which is a Verb or Verb-Phrase which is acting as a Subject or Object in a Sentence. And, therefore, functions as a Noun. What makes it a Gerund — specifically — is that the Verb has the “-ing” ending (but does not represent “the action of the sentence“… is not the Main Verb of the Sentence). — Example: “I enjoy explaining Grammar to people in a way that actually makes sense — rather than simply copying text-books which are often worded so poorly that they are wrong.” — In that Sentence, the Word “enjoy” is the Main Verb in the Sentence, and the Word “explaining” is the Gerund… (despite what almost all text-books say — a Gerund is not a form of a Verb.)
- Grammatical Structure – The Term “Grammatical Structure” is The Common Tongue Term for any combination of Grammatical Units — put together to achieve a specific purpose. Sentences, Phrases, Questions — and the combination of each of those Grammatical Structures, put into a Paragraph are all “Grammatical Structures”.
- Grammatical System – The Term, “Grammatical System” is a Common Tongue Term for any system which is put-together and works-together to achieve symmetry between Grammatical Units, Grammatical Structures, and potentially even other Grammatical Systems — and is absolutely necessary for clear communication to occur. The purpose of creating The Common Tongue is to bring into-existence, a Grammatical System that can be used throughout The World — while eliminating the mass of confusion that has been created by the lack of any clear systematic approach in the teaching of the Language called “English” — as taught in typical text-books by typical teachers. (At least in the experience of “The Teacher” who is the Creator of The Common Tongue Project & System.)
- Grammatical Unit – The term “Grammatical Unit” is any individual piece of a Grammatical Structure. All of what is commonly referred to as a, “Parts of Speech” are — in The Common Tongue — referred to as: “Grammatical Units”: Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Interjections, Nouns, Numerals, Prepositions, Pronouns, & Verbs — as-well-as their related Phrasal forms — are all “Grammatical Units”.
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