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Word Crimes: A Fabulous Grammatical Parody from Weird Al Yankovic

Word Crimes: A Fabulous Grammatical Parody from Weird Al Yankovic

/ July 18, 2014 2:00 pm

Are you guilty of any word crimes? Weird Al lists a number of offenses in a fabulous grammatical parody of “Blurred Lines.”

Using Adverb Clauses as Adjunct Adverbials

Using Adverb Clauses as Adjunct Adverbials

/ July 4, 2014 7:00 am

Notional grammars define adverb clauses as subordinate or dependent clauses that consist of a subordinating conjunction followed by a clause and that perform adverbial grammatical functions. A clause is a grammatical structure that consists of a subject and a predicate. [...]

Grammatical Function of English Adverb Clauses

Grammatical Function of English Adverb Clauses

/ July 1, 2014 7:00 am

Adverb clauses are defined as subordinate or dependent clauses that consist of a subordinating conjunction followed by a clause and that perform adverbial grammatical functions. Adverb clauses perform only one grammatical function in English grammar: adjunct adverbial. Adverb Clauses as [...]

Norwegian Family Vocabulary: Nouns for Relatives

Norwegian Family Vocabulary: Nouns for Relatives

/ June 27, 2014 7:00 am

Language students interested in learning the Norwegian language must begin by learning some basic vocabulary. Learning the words for the names of relatives is one of the easiest places to start during the first introduction to Norwegian word lists. Before [...]

German Vocabulary Lesson: German Family Tree

German Vocabulary Lesson: German Family Tree

/ June 24, 2014 7:00 am

German is a West Germanic language that is related to other Germanic languages such as English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish. Spoken by approximately 105 million speakers throughout the world, the German language is an excellent choice to pursue for [...]

Grammatical Forms of English Determiner Phrases

Grammatical Forms of English Determiner Phrases

/ June 20, 2014 7:00 am

A determiner phrase is a phrase in which at least one determiner functions as the head of the phrase plus any additional determiners or p-words functioning as particles. The two grammatical forms that appear within the internal structure of English [...]

The Numeral in English Grammar

The Numeral in English Grammar

/ June 17, 2014 7:00 am

Belonging to a closed class of words, determiners provide information such as familiarity, location, quantity, and number about a noun or noun phrase. Determiners differ in form and function from adjectives, which describe attributes of nouns and noun phrases. Similar [...]

German Lesson Plan for Teaching Sentence Negation with Nicht

German Lesson Plan for Teaching Sentence Negation with Nicht

/ June 13, 2014 7:00 am

When teaching first year German students German negation, begin by discussing sentence negation in English. Explain that sentences in English can be negated by inserting the adverb not after the first auxiliary verb of the verb phrase functioning as the [...]

Wortstellung: Word Order in German

Wortstellung: Word Order in German

/ June 10, 2014 7:00 am

In English, the function of words is primarily determined by word order or syntax. For example, the subject of an English sentence always precedes the verb. However, German is a language in which nouns, noun phrases, and pronouns show grammatical [...]

The Quantifier in English Grammar

The Quantifier in English Grammar

/ June 6, 2014 7:00 am

Determiners are a closed class of words that provide information such as familiarity, location, quantity, and number about a noun or noun phrase. Determiners differ in form and function from adjectives, which describe attributes of nouns and noun phrases. Quantifiers [...]

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