If you are a regular follower of Lingua Franca, you are already know how fond I am of the English language. Even though I started learning English at the age of six, it has been a long and ardous struggle over the years. It’s been like a love-hate relationship. Some days I’m all for it, and there are other days when I want it out of my mind. However, at the end of the day, I always come back for more.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to study English at least two or three hours a day. It’s a good mental exercise which helps me a lot to write my blog posts, albeit most of the content is graphical as you all know.
Today is another post about learning English. Here we go:
From Poetry 180 — The Library of Congress
by Steve Kowit
A noun’s a thing. A verb’s the thing it does. An adjective is what describes the noun. In “The can of beets is filled with purple fuzz”
Of and with are prepositions. The’s an article, a can’s a noun, a noun’s a thing. A verb’s the thing it does.
A can can roll—or not. What isn’t was or might be, might meaning not yet known. “Our can of beets is filled with purple fuzz”
Is is present tense. While words like our and us are pronouns—i.e. it is moldy, they are icky brown. A noun’s a thing; a verb’s the thing it does.
Is is a helping verb. It helps because filled isn’t a full verb. Can’s what our own’s in “Our can of beets is filled with purple fuzz.”
See? There’s almost nothing to it. Just memorize these rules…or write them down! A noun’s a thing, a verb’s the thing it does. The can of beets is filled with purple fuzz.
That’s it. Piece of cake, isn’t it? 🙂