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Hi,

 

We are having some struggles with an automated program that we purchased. It does provide answers, but without explanation I am finding these answers useless.

 

Is there someone that could provide hints about a good english program that outlines noun / adjective usage a bit more completely? Book, Workbook, or online.

 

Here are two examples of the issues we are having:

 

1) My books fell on the floor on the way to history class.

Nouns: books floor class

Adjective: history

 

2) My grandmother is beautiful, she always wears her sliver hair high on the back of her head.

Nouns: grandmother hair back head

Adjectives: silver

 

I personally understand the usage on some level, but the program is so picky there are times, particularly with the second sentence that I would really like an explanation.

 

What I would like to have are rock solid explanations beyond person, place, thing.

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What are you confused about?

 

A noun is a person, place, thing or idea. An adjective describes a noun. Some words can have either function, depending upon their use in a particular sentence.

 

So, if you said, "history is fascinating," then history is functioning as a noun. If you say, "I passed my history test," then history is functioning as an adjective because it is telling you what kind of test.

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What are you confused about?

 

A noun is a person, place, thing or idea. An adjective describes a noun. Some words can have either function, depending upon their use in a particular sentence.

 

So, if you said, "history is fascinating," then history is functioning as a noun. If you say, "I passed my history test," then history is functioning as an adjective because it is telling you what kind of test.

 

I am not confused...and I think there is more to it than that, which is why I am asking.

 

I fully understand the information, I am looking for a way to help my daughter understand it better.

 

Thanks for you feedback.

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FLL is a nice, gentle introduction to grammar. I like R&S as well, but you have to pair it down a bit. [it was intended for classrooms] Both will explain the whys better.

 

However,

 

I really like Latin b/c it wasn't until I really started [and when I say that I am fully aware that 4 yrs later I am still in the starting stage] to understand the different functions a noun could have in a sentence.

 

Hope you find some help.

 

Really you just need to talk out what each word is doing and why. [i say that after 10 yrs homeschooling though, so take it for what it's worth. :tongue_smilie:]

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