Grammar class was very interesting this week. On Tuesday we made ten S-V-O, S-Vi and S-Lv-Sc sentences on a magnet board. ALTHOUGH this seems like an easy task, we had to make sentences with only words that were given to us. I thought this activity was really fun, AND I was finally starting to understand how to pinpoint all three types of sentences. WHEN we did this activity it was very helpful, FOR I was having a lot of difficulties with these intransitive, transitive and linking verb sentences.
UNTIL we starting going over everybody’s sentences on Thursday, I thought I was finally getting this grammar thing. I was wrong. The transitive, intransitive and linking verb sentences just unclicked from my mind, BUT as I started to read through “More Nitty-Gritty Grammar” it started to make more sense.
What I discovered is the transitive verbs and intransitive verbs are the opposite of each other. An intransitive verb doesn’t have a direct object, SO a transitive verb does. WHILE these two verbs seem to be simple, the linking verbs are a little more complicated, YET these verbs are still easy to master. There are three different kinds of linking verbs. The first includes a verb that means “to be”. To make a linking verb “to be” sentence, one of these must be used: is, are, am, was, OR were (When using “or” in this context, is it still a FANBOYS?). The second kind is a verb that has something to do with the senses: to touch, hear, see, taste, and smell. The last kind of linking verb is in a miscellaneous group. The verbs like appear, believe, grow, remain, prove, and become are linking verbs.
I can’t believe I finally understand these sentences! I don’t think that our teacher, NOR anyone else could help me. This was a difficulty that I had to figure out and learn for myself, and I can say that I understand transitive, intransitive and linking verbs. I think that these were so hard for me to understand because most everything else in this class was a nice review. These verbs were some that I had never heard of, and it was the first really big concept that was new to me in this class.
We also talked about FANBOYS and AAAWWUBBIS clauses. I remember FANBOYS from years ago, but I really don’t think I was using them correctly. Thinking back I don’t think I always put a comma before “and” and now I know why it is needed. This week has been a good one, and I definitely learned a lot. Even though I didn’t know how to quite identify the transitive, intransitive, and linking verb sentences OR how to correctly punctuate the FANBOYS before this week, I do now and I am very glad for that!