Friday, 2 November 2012

This  is a series that  will appear on the Frivolous Friday slot for the next little while, in bi-weekly increments ( or fortnightly if you are from Britain). Although it is very basic grammar, most of it  I learned while in junior high school.... now called middle school and the presentation reflects that age group.
 I am not a teacher, not do I have any idea what is or is not taught in the system today. It is just an idea that presented itself when I came across a grammar text ( see Oct.5/12) that was used in the schools "in my day".  I am hoping to refresh my memory and maybe even relearn a few things, but mostly I am going to make the effort to keep it, light, informative and above all, fun and humorous.  Hope you enjoy.

Grammar is Important

# 2 of a series

In the first installment of the series, nouns were discussed, along with the "groupies" or "wanna-be"nouns!   These words formed the Subject of a sentence. The words that describe what the subject does are referred to as action words, or verbs, and form the Predicate of a sentence.

Two words...I am... is a complete sentence.  "I" is a pronoun and the subject of the verb "am".( first person singular of the verb "to be") "am" is the predicate.  FYI... verbs are usually referred to in their infinitive form. Examples " to read, to sleep, ( hey, that happens some time!) to imagine, or in the case of the verb am, the infinitive is "to be"...
I realize that this is, as I stated previously, very basic, but a necessary foundation.

Conjugation of Verbs

The change in the form of a verb to show a change in time is called tense.
When we give the tense forms of a verb with the first, second, and third person pronouns, we conjugate the verb.
 As an example  let's use the verb "know"

                     Present Tense                                                                        Past Tense      
                         singular      plural                                                    singular                     plural

1st person        I know        we know                                             I knew                   we knew
2nd person      you know    you know                                            you knew               you knew
3rd person       he knows     they know                                           he knew                  they knew

So, now you see how this goes....

Future Tense is pretty much the same with   the following changes. First person singular and plural use the word "shall' instead of "will"

I shall be                                                                                         we shall be
you will be                                                                                      you  will be
he will be                                                                                        they will be

Before I lose you entirely and you go hopping off to some other blog with tasty  recipes, just check this next one out and I will hop along with you ...... :-)

When a verb indicates an action which has been completed in a time very close to the present, and the auxiliaries "have and "has" are used with the principal verb  it is called the  Present Perfect Tense.
Similarly,  there is a Past Perfect and Future Perfect Tense.

Present Perfect                                                         Past Perfect

I have seen                                                               I had seen
you have seen                                                          you had seen
he had seen                                                              he had seen

Future Perfect

I shall have seen                    
you will have seen
he will have seen

Present, Past or Future, you won't be tense in this  restful setting. It is  part of  beautiful Rockwood Park where I have enjoyed many Nature Trails.

Grammar is Important    A basic course for Canadian Schools by A.W. McGuire,B.A.   This particular edition was first published in Canada in 1949, and in the U.S. in 1950. The eighth edition ( the one pictured above) was published in 1957.


  1. I love the lessons and love the photo. I wish you could have been my Jr. High, English teacher. You're more fun than Mrs. Peterson.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  2. Thanks, Kathy, it is just a fun way to fill a post and maybe learn the odd thing or two. I am glad I chose Nursing and not Teaching... just don't have the patience for it!

  3. I to was taught all those things many years ago, I don't remember the names of everything, but I think I still use all the rules. Or if I bend them I do so consciously.

    1. Me, too, Jo.... or is that "I do , also!!?? Thanks for the comment, we are part of the "old school"'.... but young minds,right!!??

  4. I'm loving these grammar posts and will definitely be referring back to them often! I think I must have missed these classes altogether!!

    1. Thanks, Monica, but with the great blog and posts that you have built, I don't think you have any worries at all!!