GRE Grammar Tutorial Part-I

The GRE doesn’t directly test you on your grammar. However, in order to answer the questions in sections such as Text Completion and Reading Comprehension, grammar proficiency is necessary. Hence, we provide quality tutorials to brush up your grammar so that you can score well!

 

GRE Verbal Reasoning Grammar Tutorial on Noun, Pronoun, Adjective etc.

Noun
A noun can be a place, thing, person or an attribute. Nouns are classified as proper nouns and common nouns. Proper nouns include names of people and places. Common nouns can refer to basic things and attributes.

Here is a list of proper nouns:

  • Harry Potter
  • Hermione Granger
  • Ron Weasley
  • Hogwarts
  • Great Britain
  • Australia
  • New York City

Here is a list of common nouns:

  • Thing
  • Book
  • Phone
  • Adulation
  • Love
  • Hatred
  • Vow

When used in sentences, common nouns remain unchanged, however, the proper nouns are supposed to be capitalised.

Examples:
Ram left for New York City to catch his flight to San Francisco.
The Jim Corbett National Park is famous for its tigers.

Subject/Object

The subject is the main entity around which the sentence is built. An object is a secondary noun associated with the subject.

Examples:
Who killed whom? (Subject: ‘Who’,  Object: ‘Whom’)

Molly killed Bellatrix. (Subject: ‘Molly’, Object: ‘Bellatrix’)

Bellatrix had earlier killed Sirius. (Subject: ‘Bellatrix’, Object: ‘Sirius’)

Pronoun

Using the right pronoun for nouns is a very important part of sentence construction.

Examples:
Hermione is a gifted witch. But she is not an expert with potions.

Ron is scared of spiders. He shivers when he sees them.

Harry, Ron and Hermione went in search of Hagrid but they couldn’t find him.

Hagrid’s dog, Fang hates the dark and it makes a lousy hunting dog.

Adjectives

Adjectives describe a noun. They add an attribute to the given noun. For instance, ‘A rose’ is a noun. When you add the word ‘red’, you add the attribute of red colour to the rose.  Therefore, red is an adjective while rose is a noun.

Examples:
A handsome Harry Potter manoeuvred the tough broomstick over a rough atmospheric terrain with his expert navigation skills.

I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn’t notice that the red lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before.

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