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    Understanding Grammar: Parts of Speech: Common Noun

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    A common noun is a general name for a person, a place, a thing, or an idea and is lowercased.

    entrepreneur
    stock exchange
    skyscraper
    ideology

    (From Write for Business, page 241, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 53)

    Understanding Grammar: Parts of Speech: Proper Noun

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    A proper noun names a specific person, place, thing, or idea and is always capitalized.

    Bill Gates
    Ivory Coast
    Sears Tower
    World Federalism

    (From Write for Business, page 241, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 53)

    Understanding Grammar: Parts of Speech: NOUN

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    A noun is a word that names something.

    • People: Tony Blair, politician
    • Places: South Africa, nation
    • Things: Working Woman, magazine
    • Ideas: business ethics, value system

    Classes of Nouns

    Nouns are divided into five classes: proper, common, concrete, abstract, and collective.

    Forms of Nouns

    Nouns are grouped according to their gender, case, and number.

    (From Write for Business, page 241, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 53)

    Understanding Grammar: The Parts of Speech

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    To understand and use grammar correctly, you need to understand the roles of the eight parts of speech:

    1. noun,

    2. pronoun,

    3. verb,

    4. adjective,

    5. adverb,

    6. preposition,

    7. conjunction, and

    8. interjection.

    Knowing these can help you boost your writing skills. (Future posts will cover each part of speech individually.)

    (From Write for Business, page 241, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 53)