Look at the ending in front of the apostrophe to see if the word is singular or plural. One dog 's tail One dog has one tail. Two dogs ' tails Two dogs have two tails. If two people own something together, use an 's after the second person only.
The mastery of just twenty hundred words, the knowing where to place them, will make us not masters of the English language, but masters of correct speaking and writing. Small number, you will say, compared with what is in the dictionary! But nobody ever uses all the words in the dictionary or could use them did he live to be the age of Methuselah, and there is no necessity for using them.
There are upwards ofwords in the recent editions of the large dictionaries, but the one-hundredth part of this number will suffice for all your wants.
Of course you may think not, and you may not be content to call things by their common names; you may be ambitious to show superiority over others and display your learning or, rather, your pedantry and lack of learning. For instance, you may not want to call a spade a spade. You may prefer to call it a spatulous device for abrading the surface of the soil.
Better, however, to stick to the old familiar, simple name that your grandfather called it. It has stood the test of time, and old friends are always good friends. To use a big word or a foreign word when a small one and a familiar one will answer the same purpose, is a sign of ignorance.
Great scholars and writers and polite speakers use simple words. To go back to the number necessary for all purposes of conversation correspondence and writing, 2, we find that a great many people who pass in society as being polished, refined and educated use less, for they know less.
In the works of Shakespeare, the most wonderful genius the world has ever known, there is the enormous number of 15, different words, but almost 10, of them are obsolete or meaningless today.
Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly. It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great.
Consider the contrast between the well-bred, polite man who knows how to choose and use his words correctly and the underbred, vulgar boor, whose language grates upon the ear and jars the sensitiveness of the finer feelings.
The blunders of the latter, his infringement of all the canons of grammar, his absurdities and monstrosities of language, make his very presence a pain, and one is glad to escape from his company.
The proper grammatical formation of the English language, so that one may acquit himself as a correct conversationalist in the best society or be able to write and express his thoughts and ideas upon paper in the right manner, may be acquired in a few lessons.
It is the purpose of this book, as briefly and concisely as possible, to direct the reader along a straight course, pointing out the mistakes he must avoid and giving him such assistance as will enable him to reach the goal of a correct knowledge of the English language.
It is not a Grammar in any sense, but a guide, a silent signal-post pointing the way in the right direction. The English Language in a Nutshell All the words in the English language are divided into nine great classes.
These classes are called the Parts of Speech. Of these, the Noun is the most important, as all the others are more or less dependent upon it.Write four sentences using the subject "snowboarder" as a singular noun, a singular possessive noun, a plural noun, and a plural possessive noun.5/5(10).
Nouns Worksheets Nouns Worksheets Practice. A noun is a word that names a person, place, thing or idea. Nouns are used in your writing very often and are one of the most common parts of speech. These examples of possessive nouns show the variety of formats used to add a possessive format to a noun.
American vs. British English The format and rules for possessive nouns are slightly different between American and British English. Plural possessive nouns are those which contain a thing place or person in larger value as plural signifies two or more than two.
Generally, plural nouns as possessive demand the presence of es or s at the end for turning that specific word into plural. Possessive nouns act as adjectives in sentences. These nouns modify the nouns that follow them. If you want more information on this topic, you can look at Pronouns, Lesson 2 and Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs, Lesson 2.
We create the possessive form of nouns in a few different ways, depending on whether the noun is singular or plural and whether a plural noun ends in s. To make a singular noun possessive, add an.