English Grammatical Terms

Letter V

(PG = Prescriptive Grammar  —  DG = Descriptive Grammar)

(GL = Grammatical Lingo  —  OB = Obtuse  —  NG = Not Grammatical)

  • Verb  —  [PG]  The Term “Verb” is one of the Base Grammatical Element in The Grammar Of The Common Tongue“Verbs” are words which represent:  Actions & States Of Being.  But these “actions” also include “thinking” & “feeling” — the “actions of the mind”, and the involuntary “actions of the body”.

And why are “States Of Being” represented by “Verbs”?  Because (Esoterically) — there is no such thing as a “Noun”.  There are only “Verbs”.  That which we perceive as “Nouns” (Solid Things) are really just illusions of solidity.  And — it is because every perceived “State Of Being” (a non-solid “thing” which still seems “real”) is really made up of millions of actions — most of which are not perceivable (or they are simply ignored)OR those actions are just happening so slow that one does not SEE the action (even if it is known to be — thus, once again — ignored).

In Traditional Grammar [TG] “Verbs” are referred to as one of the “Parts Of Speech” or “Word Classes”.

However — In The Grammar Of The Common Tongue [CTG] — The Terms “Parts Of Speech” & “Word Classes” are not used, due to their wholly imperfect nature.  Instead — we use the Terms “Grammatical Unit”.  And more-specifically “Base Grammatical Unit”.

In The Grammar Of The Common Tongue — A “Verb-Phrase” is what we refer to as a “Grammatical Device”.  It is a “Device” because it has a function and serves a purpose (to act as a Verb).  But it is not a Grammatical Unit — as a singular Verb is — because the Phrase is made-up-of multiple other Grammatical Units.


For Example:  “He made a lot of commotion about getting his point across.”

In the Sentence above — the Main Verb is “made”.  But that Verb, by itself, does not clearly or accurately describe what “the action of the sentence” IS.  But the Verb-Phrase“made a lot of commotion”DOES explain it.  It implies that “He” was very animated, probably emotional, and maybe even caused some sort of disturbance.

There is another Verb-Phrase in the Sentence above:  “getting his point across.” — It is a Verb-Phrase which means:  “To make one’s thoughts, ideas, or ‘position’ on some topic clear.”  But in the Sentence above — The second Verb-Phrase is actually acting as the Subject of the Sentence(However — it is still a Verb-Phrase.)

As the word “Voice”(by it’s true definition) — has absolutely nothing to do with this in any way — (making this Term Obtuse & Stupid — and, there-fore — “Grammatical Dross”) — this Term is not used in The Grammar Of The Common Tongue.  Instead, we simply say:  “The Sentence is Active  or “The Sentence is Passive.”  —  Or that the Sentence is “in the Active/Passive Form.”

  • Voiced  —  [DG]  The Term “Voiced” is used to refer to any Consonant sound which is pronounced with the addition of one’s “voice”.  In-other-words — the sound is produced with the tone of one’s voice IN ADDITION TO the sound of the air passing through the mouth.

Also — The Letter “Y” can sometime ACT AS a “Vowel”.  But it is not considered TO BE a Vowel.

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