Grammar Helps

Has the thought of the Grammar Monster got you screaming in terror?  Are you begging for some grammar helps?

Alfred Smedburg’s 1912 “Bland tomtar och troll”

Here are a few beginning handouts and lessons for home schoolers and others tackling the Grammar Monster.

Speechparts practice

Usage Matters 15 items

Usage Matters 15 practice

Grammar Basics Expletives 3 Cs

Go forth and conquer.

Never forget, communication is possible even if you don’t understand all the words.  The position in the sentence is everything.  I picked up the following many years ago (it’s definitely not mine.  I’m not this clever.)  The answers are here.


Corandic is an emurient grof with many fribs; it granks from corite, an olg which cargs like lange. Corite grinkles several other tarances, which garkers excarp by glarcking the corite and starping it in tranker-clarped storbs. The tarances starp a chark, which is expanrged with worters, branking a storp. This storp is garped through several other corusees, finally frasting a pragety, blickant crankle: coranda.

Coranda is a cargurt, grinkling corandic and borigten. The corandic is nacerated from the borigen by means of loracity. This garkers finally thrap a glick, bracht, glupous grapant, corandic, which granks in many starps.

  1. What is corandic?
  2. What does corandic grank from?
  3. How do garkers excarp the tarances from the corite?
  4. What does the slorp finally frast?
  5. What is coranda?

Curiously enough, a Yoast SEO readability says “the copy scores 64 in the Flesch Reading Ease test, which is considered ok to read.”  I don’t find “Corandic” ok to read.

Here’s a little more, not necessarily grammar helps, but this shows how the entire year of grammar is tied together with composition and literature, the other two arts in the world of Language Arts.

Communication comes in two opposite forms which are based on opposites.

  1. Visual (sight-based) drawn OR not-drawn (gestures, body language, facial expressions and para-language – tone and sounds that give meaning)
  1. Verbal (word-based) spoken OR written

Written Communication comes in two opposite forms which are also based on opposites.

  1. NonFiction = about real events, short memos OR long reports, instruction manuals before you work OR evaluations after you work), essays – personal OR public, factual OR opinion
  1. Fiction = about imaginary events, short stories OR long novels, highly fantastical OR a mirror of reality

Fiction written as a PLAY has lines spoken by character.

A poet groups lines together in stanzas.  Any POEM is like an emotional essay.  POETRY can be pure verse (rhyming, etc.) or free verse (free of rhyme).

Just like communication, our world is based on OPPOSITES (in, out; stick, circle; on, off;  hot, cold;  sun, moon;  good, evil;  male, female;  work, play).

We see opposites in VOCABULARY when we understand a word by what it is and is not like (synonyms AND antonyms) as well as in crazy homonyms and connotations.

We see opposites in GRAMMAR when we realize that thoughts >> which become sentences >> are based on idea AND action (subjects AND verbs).  Punctuation has starts (CAPS) and stops (. ! ?) as well as LINKERS which show PROGRESSION.

COMPOSITION combines opposites and progressions in the Introductions vs. Conclusions, achieved through the Body;  the subject explored through the thesis and its progressive topics, themselves progressed through details.