Simple Present Tense: Definition and Examples

Simple Present Tense: Definition and Examples

The simple present tense is one of the easiest verb tenses to master, because it has only two main uses. Its primary use is for talking about something in the present. But if you’re not aware of these main functions, you might be tempted to use the simple...
Reflexive Pronouns: Definition and Examples

Reflexive Pronouns: Definition and Examples

Reflexive pronouns are pronouns that end in -self or -selves, and are used when the object of a sentence is the same as its subject. For example, in the sentence “She dressed herself,” the subject and object both refer to the same female person. The word “reflexive”...
Chiasmus: Definition and Examples

Chiasmus: Definition and Examples

Strong communicators know how to create lines that hit a point and stick with their audience. To achieve this, many writers and speakers use literary and rhetorical devices, including one called chiasmus. The good news is this is a skill you can learn in order to...
Proper Nouns: What They Are and How to Use Them

Proper Nouns: What They Are and How to Use Them

A noun is a person, place, or thing. A common noun is a generic name, while a proper noun is the specific name of a specific person, place, or thing.  Proper nouns should always be capitalized, no matter where they occur in a sentence. Because they serve as a...
Possessive Case: Rules for Nouns and Pronouns

Possessive Case: Rules for Nouns and Pronouns

When you want to show that someone or something owns another thing, you use the possessive case.  Nouns and pronouns can be written in the possessive case. For nouns, this usually involves adding ’s to the end of the noun, but there are also have other rules,...