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Grammar Review Grammar Review -- 01 01
Shield Library, University of California
Prof. Salengke, Ph. D.
Agricultural Engineering, H asanuddin University
Quote of the day Quote of the day
Time is life because time is the most
precious thing we have.
Wasting time is wasting life !!!
Normal Sentence Pattern Normal Sentence Pattern
Subject + verb + complement + modifier Subject + verb + complement + modifier
Subject Subject
Subject is the agent of the sentence in
active voice.
The person or thing that performs the
It normally precedes the verb.
Note: Every sentence in English must have a subject
Coffee is delicious.
Milk contains a lot of calcium.
Those books are very good.
The girls are gorgeous and smart.
The bank closed at three oclock.
Subject can act as a pronoun for a
It rains quite often here in
It is hard to believe that Bill Gate
dropped out of school.
There can act as a pseudo-subject. The
true subject appear after the verb and the
number of the true subject controls the
There was a big fire in Makassar last month.
Was there a big fire in Kalimantan forests last
There were many students in this room.
Were there many students in other rooms?
Verb Verb
In a declarative sentence, the verb follows the
It generally shows the action of the sentence.
The verb may be a verb phrase which consist of
one or more auxiliaries and one main verb.
Note: Every sentence must have a verb.
The verb may be a single word:
Lazy professors hate to teach class.
We walked around Unhas campus
Many students ride motor cycle to campus.
Students at Hasanuddin University have
protested rectors policy of no Ospek.
The verb may be a The verb may be a verb phrase verb phrase which which
consists of one or more auxiliaries and consists of one or more auxiliaries and
one main verb one main verb
Agriculture students will go to Malino for
a camping trip.
My lazy professor has gone home for a
long afternoon nap.
He has been sleeping for four hours.
Complement Complement
A complement completes the verb
It usually a noun or noun phrase
It generally follows the verb when the
sentence is in the active voice
Complement cannot begin with a
It answers the question what? Or whom?
Examples of complement: Examples of complement:
This class will cover a new subject
each week.
The dumb professor always teaches
lousy subjects.
I will meet an old friend on the way
to heaven.
Einstein proposed The Theory of
Modifier Modifier
A modifier tells time, place, or manner of the
Very often it is a prepositional phrase (a group of
words that begins with a preposition and ends
with a noun).
A modifier of time usually comes last if more
than one modifier is present.
A modifier can be an adverb or an adverbial
It answers the question when?, where?, or
Examples of Modifiers: Examples of Modifiers:
Some professors like to write lecture
materials in their offices in the morning.
Most students ride their motor cycle very
fast on the street.
The English class meets in this room every
The hikers climbed to the top of the
mountain carefully.
Noun Phrase Noun Phrase
A group of words that ends with a
It can contain determiners (the, a,
this, that, etc.), adjectives, adverbs,
and noun.
It cannot begin with a preposition.
Count noun Count noun
Noun that can be counted
book one book, ten books,
tooth one tooth, two teeth
person one hundred people
man one man, two men,
professor one bad professor, a lot
of good professors
Irregular Count Noun Irregular Count Noun
Nouns that do not end with s in the
plural form.
Singular Plural
Non Non--count noun count noun
Noun that cannot be counted
milk, coffee, sugar, sand, soap, air,
meat, homework, money, honey,
food, information, advertising, news,
measles, mumps, economics,
physics, mathematics, politics.
Not e: Al t hough adver t i si ng i s a non-
c ount noun, adver t i sement i s a c ount
noun. I f you want t o speak of one
par t i c ul ar adver t i sement , you must
use t hi s wor d!!
Ex ampl e:
Ther e ar e t oo many adver t i sement s
dur i ng t el evi si on show s.
Ther e i s t oo muc h adver t i si ng dur i ng
t el evi si on show s.
I t i s possi bl e t o c ount some non-
c ount nouns I f t he subst anc e i s
pl ac ed i n a c ount abl e c ont ai ner s
Gl ass of mi l k one gl ass of mi l k , t wo
gl asses of mi l k ,
Bag of sugar one bag of sugar, f i ve bags of
To i ndi c at e di f f er ent t ypes, some
non-c ount noun suc h as f ood,
meat , money, and sand may be
used as c ount nouns
Ex ampl es:
Thi s i s one of t he f oods t hat my
doc t or has f or bi dden me t o eat .
He st udi ed meat s i n c ol l ege.
The wor d t i m e c an be ei t her
c ount abl e or non-c ount abl e
dependi ng on t he c ont ex t . When i t
means an oc c asi on, i t i s
c ount abl e. When i t means a
number of hour s, days, year s,
et c ., i t i s non-c ount abl e.
Ex ampl es:
We have spent t oo muc h t i me on t hi s homewor k . (non-
c ount )
She has been l at e f or cl ass si x t i mes t hi s semest er.
(c ount )
Det er mi ner s Det er mi ner s
some, any
this, that
these, those
one, two, three, .
a lot of
a large number of
a great number of
fewer than
c ount nouns: c ount nouns: non non--c ount nouns: c ount nouns:
some, any
this, that
much (usually in negatives
or questions),
a lot of
a large amount of
Determiners a and an
a or an can precede only singular count
nouns; they mean one.
They can be used in a general statement.
They can be used to introduce a subject
which has not been previously mentioned.
a must be used when the noun it precedes
begins with a consonant or consonant sound.
anmust be used when the noun it precedes
begins with a vowel or vowel sound.
Examples Examples
A soccer ball is round.
I was approached by a thug last weekend and offered me
an apple.
A friend of mine bought a house in the suburb.
The reality show on TV last night lasted for an hour.
Youd better take an umbrella with you since there will be a
thunderstorm late in the afternoon.
A university graduate is likely to get better salary than a
high school graduate.
He gave a eulogy at General Yusufs funeral.
An heir to the late King donated millions of dollars to an
The following words begin
with a consonant sound and
thus must always be preceded
by aa
European house uniform
eulogy home university
euphemism heavy universal
eucalyptus half union
The following words begin
with a vowel sound and
thus must always be
precedes by an
hour uncle
heir umbrella
herbal unnatural
honor understanding
The The
The is used to indicate something that
we already know about or something
that is common knowledge.
The moon is much smaller than the earth.
The girl in the latest J ames Bond movie is
The Statue of Liberty was a gift of
friendship from French to The United States.
For non-count noun, use the article the
if speaking in specific terms, but uses no
article if speaking in general.
Sugar is sweet.
The sugar sold at Carrefour is imported from Cuba.
Water is the best solvent for most chemicals.
The water that they gave us was produced by Aqua.
Coffee is delicious.
The coffee I bought from Starbuck was very strong.
Plural nouns are not preceded by the
when they mean everything within a
certain class.
Oranges are green until they ripen. (all oranges)
Students are required to attend classes. (all students)
Doctors must complete their residency before they are
allowed to practice medicine. (all doctors)
Words such as breakfast, lunch, dinner,
school, church, mosque, home, college,
and work does not need any article
unless to restrict the meaning.
We usually eat breakfast at eight oclock.
We will go to student cafeteria for lunch.
The lunch sold at the cafeteria is quite good.
Dinner will be served at 7:30.
The dinner served at the dorm dining hall is good.
Americans attend college at younger age.
He goes to mosque regularly.
Asrul came home late.
Use Use the the with: with:
oceans, rivers, seas, gulfs, plural lakes, mountain, earth,
and moon.
school, colleges, universities (when the phrase begins with
school, colleges or universities).
ordinal numbers (first, second, etc.) before nouns, wars
(except world wars).
certain countries or group of countries with more than one
word (except Great Britain).
Historical documents (the Constitution, the Magna Carta).
Ethnic groups (the buginese, the javanese, the bataknese,
the dayak, the maduran, the Indian, the Aztecs, the
Aborigine, the Papuas).
Do not use Do not use the the with: with:
Singular lakes, mounts, planets,
Schools, colleges, or universities (when the
phrase begins with a proper noun).
Cardinal numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) after nouns.
Countries preceded by New or an adjective
such as a direction.
Countries with only one word.
Continents, states, sport, abstract nouns,
general area of subject matters, holidays.