English for Journalists; Chapter 3 – Grammar Rules
They’re over there collecting their belongings
Review: According to Hicks (2013, p. 18) “there are nine indicative tenses”. This is an area I’m still trying to get my head around. I understand the concept of the basic terms and basic actions, however, I feel like I require a lot of practice in matching which basic term goes with the corresponding action.
Review: I was taught in school that a noun was a person, place or thing. I believed that was the extent of nouns. However, upon consulting the oracle, I’ve learnt that ordinary nouns are called common nouns, (e.g chair) and special nouns are called proper nouns, e.g George (Hicks 2013). To my understanding, examples of common nouns are; tree, chair, house. Examples of proper nouns are; George, Luke, London, Paris, Friday.
Review: I’ve always known a verb as a ‘doing word’. However, this idea is an ‘over-simplification’ according to Hicks (2013, p. 18). Running, jumping, skipping are all examples of a verb. However, active, inactive, finite are all foreign concepts to me. From this exercise I’ve learnt that active verbs are the ‘doing word’ and an inactive verb is a state of being or feeling. This is an area I’ve noted that I need to practise.
Review: I misunderstood this question, and consequently got it wrong. I’m so used to just being able to write whatever is streaming out of my head and not having to ‘construct’ a sentence so that it contains certain elements. This course has so far challenged almost all I thought I knew regarding punctuation and grammar.
Review: I did not read the answers correctly and rushed into selecting the answer I thought was correct. Upon review of this question I learnt that I need to slow down and read the questions AND answers thoroughly.
Reflection: It took three attempts to score 100% on the blog two quiz. My attempts consisted 70% of inaccurate grammatical knowledge and 30% of not reading the question correctly. I remember grammar lessons in primary school, yet as soon as I reached high school, it seems that English lessons were about Shakespeare and Australian literature.
Whilst I am able to quote famous Shakespearean language and can talk to you for hours on end about just how much we have William to thank for shaping the English language, it seems that should you ask me what an intransitive verb is, I wouldn’t be able to tell you.
Alas! Fear not! For I havith thy media writing to thank for re-educating this numbskull!
Correct Grammar E card 2014, digital image, Rotten E-cards, viewed 24 July 2015, http://www.rottenecards.com
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Blog Activity Quiz Week 2 – Grammar Rules, CQUniversity, Mackay.
Hicks, J 2013, English for Journalists, 20th anniversary ed., Routledge, Oxon.