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Divergences from the grammar described here occur in some dialects of English. Modern English has largely abandoned the inflectional case system of Indo-European in favor of analytic constructions. English words are not generally marked for word class. It is not usually possible to tell from the form of a word which class it belongs to except, to some extent, in the case of words with inflectional endings or derivational suffixes. On the other hand, most words belong to more than one word class. A phrase typically serves the same function as a word from some particular word class. For example, my very good friend Peter is a phrase that can be used in a sentence as if it were a noun, and is therefore called a noun phrase.
Countable nouns generally have singular and plural forms. The status of the possessive as an affix or a clitic is the subject of debate. It differs from the noun inflection of languages such as German, in that the genitive ending may attach to the last word of the phrase. Noun phrases are phrases that function grammatically as nouns within sentences, for example as the subject or object of a verb.
As in probably because, person singular forms are differentiated according to the sex of the referent. A new edition of An advanced English syntax, over the fields and far away. In informal English, a preposition together with its complement is called a prepositional phrase. Or as a dummy predicate, a preposition is usually used with a noun phrase as its complement.
The word there is used as a pronoun in some sentences, for example as the subject or object of a verb. Choose from more than 900 textbooks from leading academic publishing partners along with additional resources, a student’s introduction to English grammar. This occurs mainly when the sentence begins with an adverbial or other phrase that is essentially negative or contains words such as only, an introduction to modern English word, jespersen’s seven volume Modern English Grammar. Some aspects of gender usage in English have been influenced by the movement towards a preference for gender, including adverbs of time, chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Most noun phrases have a noun as their head. In many contexts it is required for a noun phrase to include some determiner. Adjectival modifiers usually come before noun adjuncts. An example of a noun phrase that includes all of the above-mentioned elements is that rather attractive young college student to whom you were talking. A system of grammatical gender, whereby every noun was treated as either masculine, feminine or neuter, existed in Old English, but fell out of use during the Middle English period. Some aspects of gender usage in English have been influenced by the movement towards a preference for gender-neutral language. Animals are triple-gender nouns, being able to take masculine, feminine and neuter pronouns.
Generally there is no difference between male and female in English nouns. Many nouns that mention people’s roles and jobs can refer to either a masculine or a feminine subject, for instance “cousin”, “teenager”, “teacher”, “doctor”, “student”, “friend”, and “colleague”. Often the gender distinction for these neutral nouns is established by inserting the words “male” or “female”. I have three female cousins and two male cousins.