For grammar geeks: ‘Grammar Revolution’ the documentary

Prepositions, participles, who and whom and more are the focus of the new documentary “Grammar Revolution.” The film was made by two former teachers, David and Elizabeth O’Brien, and completed with a $22,000 Kickstarter campaign. It’s a feast for grammar geeks.

Old-School Grammar Trick

Start with the key elements: subject and verb. Simply put, the subject tells you what the sentence is about; the verb tells you what the subject is doing. If you’re feeling rusty about identifying the different parts of a sentence, you may want to do a quick review before you attempt to diagram.

Here’s how to draw a diagram for a simple subject and main verb:

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Informations & furnitures

Be very careful when using the following uncountable nouns, because they have no plural!
  • Ideas and experiences: advice, information, progress, news, luck, fun, work
  • Materials & substances: water, rice, cement, gold, milk
  • Weather words: weather, thunder, lightning, rain, snow
  • Groups or collections of things: furniture, equipment, rubbish, luggage
  • Other: accommodation, baggage, homework, knowledge, money, permission, research, traffic, travel.
    Only in plural: shorts, pants, pyjamas, glasses (for the eyes), binoculars, scissors, trousers.

Source: Cambridge Dictionaries