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  • 8/4/2019 GRAMMAR SUCCESS in 20 Minutes a Day 2nd Ed (Teachers Room, Grammar)


    N e w Y o r k


    SucceSSin 20 minutes

    a Day

    2nd Edition

  • 8/4/2019 GRAMMAR SUCCESS in 20 Minutes a Day 2nd Ed (Teachers Room, Grammar)


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  • 8/4/2019 GRAMMAR SUCCESS in 20 Minutes a Day 2nd Ed (Teachers Room, Grammar)



    INtroductIoN v

    PreteSt 1

    NouNS n ProNouNS

    LeSSoN 1 Kinds o Nouns 13

    Common, proper, concrete, abstract, collective, and compound nouns

    LeSSoN 2 Noun Usage 19Plural and possessive nouns

    LeSSoN 3 Pronouns 27

    Personal, reexive, demonstrative, relative, interrogative, and

    indefnite pronouns


    LeSSoN 4 Verb Types 35

    Action, linking, and helping verbs

    LeSSoN 5 Regular and Irregular Verbs 39Common regular and irregular verbs, problem, and tricky verbs

    LeSSoN 6 Verb Forms and Tenses 49Present and past, present and past participle, and other verb orms;

    basic tense review


    LeSSoN 7 Adjectives 57Articles, pronouns as adjectives, and demonstrative and comparative adjectives

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    LeSSoN 8 Adverbs 63Common adverbs, comparative adverbs, and how to distinguish adverbs

    rom adjectives

    LeSSoN 9 Prepositions 69Common prepositions and how to distinguish prepositions rom adverbs

    LeSSoN 10 Misplaced Modifers and Tricky Words 73Kinds o modifers, homonyms, and homographs

    SeNteNce Structure

    LeSSoN 11 Sentence Basics 85Subjects, predicates, complements, and direct and indirect objects

    LeSSoN 12 Agreement 91Subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement

    LeSSoN 13 Phrases 97Prepositional, adjective, adverb, verbal, participial, infnitive, gerund, and

    appositive phrases

    LeSSoN 14 Clauses 101Independent, subordinate, noun, adjective, and adverb clauses

    LeSSoN 15 Conjunctions 107Coordinating, corrective, and subordinating conjunctions

    LeSSoN 16 Combining Sentences 113

    Kinds o sentences, including compound, complex, and compound-complex,that enliven writing


    LeSSoN 17 End Punctuation 121Periods, question marks, and exclamation points

    LeSSoN 18 Internal Punctuation I 125Commas, colons, and semicolons

    LeSSoN 19 Internal Punctuation II 133

    Apostrophes, hyphens, and dashes

    LeSSoN 20 Internal Punctuation III 139Quotation marks, parentheses, brackets, italics and underlining,

    and parentheses

    PoStteSt 147

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    Do your grammar skills need some brushing up? Perhaps you have an exam on the horizon, or you

    want to hone your grammar skills to improve your writing or speech. Whatever the case may be,

    this quick reerence guide will help put you well on your way toward accomplishing your grammar

    goalsno matter how big or small.

    Because English is so complex, rules and guidelines called grammar and usage are necessary to help us bet-

    ter understand its many idiosyncrasies. While language is orever changing to meet our needs, the inner workings

    o a sentence are, or the most part, as constant as the stars, and fguring out these dynamics is like putting a

    puzzle together (or taking it apart).Understanding the inner workings o a sentence can help you with your speech and writingthe essence

    o communication and language. And the benefts you get or your eorts ar outweigh the 20 minutes o your

    day youll spend with this book.

    Beore you begin to progress through the book, take the pretest on the next ew pages to determine what you

    already know and what you might need to ocus on. You might be surprised by just how much you remember!

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  • 8/4/2019 GRAMMAR SUCCESS in 20 Minutes a Day 2nd Ed (Teachers Room, Grammar)




    Beore you start your study o grammar skills, get an idea o how much you already know and how

    much you need to learn by taking the pretest that ollows. It consists o 50 multiple-choice questions

    about what is in this book. Naturally, 50 questions can not cover every single concept or rule you will

    learn by working through these lessons, so even i you answer all the questions correctly, it is almost guaranteed

    that you will nd a ew things in the book you did not already know. I you get lots o answers wrong on the

    pretest, do not worrythis book will teach you how to improve your grammar and writing, step by step.

    Record your answers in this book. I it does not belong to you, list the numbers 150 on a piece o paper

    and write your answers there. Take as much time as you need to nish the test. When you nish, check youranswers against the answer key that ollows the test. Each answer lists the lesson o the book that covers the

    concept(s) in that question. I you get a high score on the pretest, you may be able to spend less time with this

    book than you originally planned. I you get a low score, you may nd you will need more than 20 minutes a day

    to learn all that you need to know. Good luck.

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    1. Circle the common nouns.

    chair joy knitted

    Australia supermarket Ohio

    Monticello understanding toddlers

    saucepan dancing hostess

    2. Circle the abstract nouns.

    peace telephone livelihood

    deceit cheerulness jungle

    NASA smile rubber band

    test eyelash patience

    3. Circle the proper nouns.Texas Work Clock

    Puzzle Nancy Mr. Klondike

    Licorice Mexico City Basketball

    IBM Spiderman Mt. Everest

    4. Circle the nouns that are pluralized correctly.

    halves theorys oxen

    casinoes inchs dishes

    valleyes houses mother-in-laws

    booths tooths hippopotami

    5. Circle the hyphenated nouns that are spelled


    sister-in-laws kilowatt-hours

    runner-ups orget-me-nots

    ollow-ups sticks-in-the-mud

    6. Circle the nouns that have been made possessive


    childs hers JodysCongress tooths cactuss

    puppies moms Jasons

    womens his dresss

    7. Circle the antecedents/pronouns that agree in


    tree/it Anthony/she

    King Henry/he passenger/it

    kangaroo/his Alice/her

    8. Circle the antecedents/pronouns that agree in


    kids/him everybody/they

    Kathy and I/it sh/they

    group/it sh/it

    each/he or she woman/we


    9. Circle the interrogative pronouns.who when whose

    which whom whomever

    how where what

    10. Circle the subjective case pronouns.

    I went to his house and saw him.

    She brought me an apple and I thanked her.

    They went to Pats and called me.

    11. Circle the objective case pronouns.He threw it toward me.

    Pass me the salt.

    We made them sandwiches.

    12. Circle the refexive case pronouns and underline

    the possessive case pronouns.

    Carlo was angry, but stopped himsel beore

    he said something really mean to his


    I was so tired I couldnt orce mysel to get

    dressed and join my riends at the mall.

    Some people take themselves too seriously

    and think its their responsibility to solve

    everyone elses problems!

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    13. Circle the demonstrative pronouns and

    underline the relative pronouns.

    That is the most annoying sound that I have

    ever heard.

    Those are the boxes o blankets that Momplans to take to the SPCA.

    Is this the channel that you were watching?

    14. Circle the action verbs.

    wash be hold cook

    would buy pray gnaw

    put write loan marry

    15. Circle the linking verbs.

    appear took become sat

    eel prove call grow

    study look is lose

    16. Circle the regular verbs and underline the

    irregular verbs.

    orgive grow buy walk

    wash hi