Would you pass this grammar test that eighth-graders were given in 1912? I'm not sure that I would. :) They really knew their stuff! Take the test and see for yourself. You'll find the answers below.
This grammar section is just one of the subjects that eighth-graders were tested on. You can see the rest of the test here.
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I don't have an official copy of the answers for this test, but I do know grammar, so here are my unofficial answers.
Properties is referring to what characteristics or attributes nouns have.
Learn about common nouns and proper nouns here.
Nouns, pronouns, and adjectives have different forms depending on the number, case, and gender of the word. Decline means to state these different forms.
Personal pronouns have three modified forms based on the purpose that the pronoun has in the sentence.
I've added an example sentence for you after each declension. (Isn't that a fancy word?)
Isn't this question worded in an interesting way? Properties here is referring to what characteristics or attributes verbs have.
Learn about verb tenses here.
This sentence is written in the active voice. This means that the subject is performing the action.
Changing the voice means changing this sentence into the passive voice. After we do that, the subject will be acted upon. You can learn about active voice and passive voice here.
Learn about comparative & superlative adjectives here.
Adjectives (and adverbs) can have different degrees. That means that things can have more or less of an adjective's quality.
The positive form of an adjective is the one we use when we are not comparing things.
The weather is hot.
We use comparative forms when we are comparing two things.
The weather in Tahiti is hotter than the weather in California.
We use superlative forms when we are comparing three or more things.
The Sahara Desert's weather is the hottest.
|beautiful||more beautiful||most beautiful|
Sentence diagrams show you how the words in a sentence are related to each other. They are pretty cool.
Learn more about diagramming sentences here.
John ran over the bridge.
John is a proper noun. It is the subject of the sentence.
Ran is an intransitive verb.
Over the bridge is a prepositional phrase modifying the verb. It answers the question, "Where did John run?"
Over is a preposition; bridge is the object of the preposition, and the is an adjective telling us which bridge.
Helen's parents love her.
Parents is a common noun. It is the subject of the sentence.
Helen's is a possessive noun functioning as an adjective modifying parents.
Love is a transitive verb.
Her is an objective pronoun. It is the direct object of the verb love.
I'm a recent college graduate who never learned sentence diagramming in school, but I decided to try my hand at it as a way to improve my writing. It definitely changes the way that I see our language, and it has proven an invaluable groundwork for learning more abstract techniques of writing effectively.
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