ENGLISH LANGUAGE GLOSSARY

Key Terms

 Abstract noun - a word given to a concept or something that cannot be touched or sensed.
 
 Acronym - an abbreviation that creates a new single word from the initial letters of the main words in phase.
 
 Alliteration - certain letters or sounds repeated for effect.
 
 Gerund - a present participle when it is used as a noun.
 
 Hyperbole - exaggerated statement or claim not meant to be taken literally.
 
 Infinitive - the simplest form of a verb that is used in dictionaries.
 
 Interjection - a word or phrase that occurs alone and expresses emotion.
 
 Intransitive verb - one that does not rquire an object.
 
 Morpheme - the smallest meaningful part of a word.
 
 Participle - a present form a of a verb that ends in -ing or -ed or past ending in -en.
 
 Pronoun - a word such as i or he or who to avoid repeating the use of a noun.
 
 Superlative - an adjective or adverb that suggests the greatest or least of something.
 
 Syllable - part of a word that contains a single vowel sound and pronounced as a unit.
 
 Synonym - a word that has the same or similar meaning to another word.
 
 Tautology - repeating something using different words.
 
 Transtive - refers to a vowel that must be used with an object.
 
 Verb - a part of speech that describes the action of a noun or pronoun.
 
 Vowel - one of five letters either a, e, i, o, or u.

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