Adjectives and Adverbs

I think the adjective ”post-modernist” really means ”mannerist.” Books about books is fun but frivolous. - Angela Carter

Adjective - A part of speech that describes a noun or pronoun. Adjectives are usually placed just before the words they qualify.

Adverb - A part of speech that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Adverbs usually answer such questions as “How?” “Where?” “When?” or “To what degree?”.

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Progressive Tenses

“Progressive societies outgrow institutions as children outgrow clothes.” - Henry George

Progressive - Going forward or onward; passing successively from one member of a series to the next; proceeding step by step.

Progressive tenses show the continuity of an action instead of its completion. Progressives are often helped by Continue reading “Progressive Tenses”

Perfect Tenses

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” - John Wayne

Perfect - A verb form expressing action completed prior to a fixed point of reference in time.

Tense - A set of forms indicating a particular time.

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Shall and Will

“Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do.” - Bruce Lee

Shall - plan to, intend to, or expect to.

Will - about to or going to.

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Future Time

“Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.” - Roger Babson

English grammar doesn’t have a future tense like other languages. Instead Continue reading “Future Time”