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Glossary

This glossary will provide you with definitions of significant, common terms that are mentioned in this course.

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Academic Writing

Academic writing is a formal style of writing used in universities and scholarly publications.

Active Voice

Active voice is a sentence structure where the subject of the sentence performs the action of the verb.

Adverb

An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb.

Adverb of Frequency

An adverb of frequency tells us how often something happens or shows how many times or how regularly an action occurs.

Affirmative Sentence

An affirmative sentence is a statement that expresses agreement, confirmation, or a positive fact.

Analytical Publication

An analytical publication is a type of writing that examines, interprets, and explains various aspects of a topic or subject.

Auxiliary Verb

An auxiliary verb, also called a “helping verb,” is like a buddy that works with the main verb to give more information about an action.

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Backstory

A backstory is the background information about a character, place, or situation in a story.

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Conjugation

Conjugation is the way we change a verb to show things like time (past, present, future), who is doing the action (I, you, he/she), and other features.

Context

Context is the surrounding information that provides more information about the main topic.

Creative Writing

Creative writing is a type of writing where the author uses their imagination to create stories, poems, or other works of fiction.

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Direct Object

A direct object is a noun or pronoun that receives the action of a transitive verb.

Direct Speech

Direct speech is when you use the exact words spoken by a person, usually enclosed in quotation marks.

Duration

Duration in a sentence refers to the amount of time that something lasts or continues.

Dynamic Verbs

Dynamic verbs, also known as action verbs, describe actions, processes, or events that can change or evolve over time.

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Future Continuous Tense

The future continuous tense describes an action or event that will be ongoing (or continuing) at some point in the future.

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

The future perfect continuous tense describes an action that will start in the future and continue for a certain period of time before another future event.

Future Perfect Tense

The future perfect tense describes an action that will be completed before a certain time or event in the future.

Future Tense

The future tense is used to indicate events or actions that are yet to happen.

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Helping Verb

A helping verb, also known as an auxiliary verb, is a verb that comes before the main verb in a sentence.

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Immediacy

Immediacy in writing means making the reader feel like they’re right there in the moment with the characters or the events of the story.

Interrogative Sentence

An interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks a question.

Irregular Verb

An irregular verb is a verb that doesn’t follow the regular pattern of conjugation for tenses and forms, which means its past tense and past participle forms don’t end in the typical “-ed” ending.

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Literary Work

A literary work is a piece of writing that is considered to have artistic or intellectual value.

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Mixed Tenses

The term “mixed tenses” refers to using different tenses within the same paragraph or sentence, as the context might demand.

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Narrative

A narrative is a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.

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Object

An object in a sentence is a word or phrase that receives the action of the verb. It usually answers questions like “what?” or “whom?” after the verb.

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Passive Sentence

A passive sentence is when the object of an action becomes the subject of the sentence.

Past Continuous Tense

The past continuous tense is used to talk about actions that were happening in the past and were ongoing at a specific time.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

The past perfect continuous tense describes an action that started and continued for some time in the past before another past action.

Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect tense describes an action that was completed before another action or time in the past.

Perfect Continuous Tenses

The perfect continuous tense describes an action that started in the past and continued for some time, or an action that started in the past and is still continuing.

Perfect Simple Tenses

These are verb tenses that describe actions that have been completed.

Phrase

A phrase is a group of words that work together to convey a single idea, but it does not have both a subject and a verb, so it cannot stand alone as a complete sentence.

Plot

A plot is the sequence of events in a story that makes up the main storyline.

Plural Subject

A plural subject refers to more than one person, thing, or entity that a sentence is focused on.

Present Continuous Tense

The present continuous tense, also known as present progressive,  is used to talk about actions that are happening right now or around the current moment.

Present Participle

A present participle is a verb form that often ends in “-ing” and is used to show actions happening in the present or as part of a continuous action.

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The present perfect continuous tense describes an action that started in the past and is still ongoing or has just finished, and has a connection to the present.

Present Perfect Tense

The present perfect tense describes an action that happened at an unknown time in the past and has a connection to the present.

Professional Writing

Professional writing is a type of writing used in the workplace or business settings.

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Redundancy

Redundancy means repeating something that is already clear or obvious, often using more words than necessary.

Relevance

Relevance in writing means that the information or ideas presented are directly related to and important to the topic being discussed.

Reported Speech

Reported speech, also known as indirect speech, is when you report what someone else has said without quoting their exact words.

Root Form

The form of the verb that you would find in a dictionary.

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Simple Past Tense

The simple past tense is to describe actions, events, or states that happened or were completed at a specific point in the past.

Simple Present Tense

This tense describes actions or states that are happening at the current moment or are generally true.

Singular Subject

A singular subject refers to a single person, thing, or entity that a sentence is focused on.

Subject

The noun or pronoun that the verb is describing.

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Time Frame

A time frame in writing refers to the period during which the events in the story or text take place.

Time Reference

A time reference in a sentence is a word or phrase that indicates when an action or event occurs.

Tone

Tone in a sentence refers to the attitude or emotion conveyed by the words used.

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Verb Tense

The time frame in which the action of a sentence is occurring.

Voice

Voice in writing refers to the style or tone used by the writer to express their thoughts and feelings.

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