90+ Likely Grammatical Name Questions and Answers

These questions and answers on grammatical names and functions will show you how to provide the most suitable answers in this section of your WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE and GCE English Language Comprehension paper.

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We are going to provide grammatical name and function answers to each one of the items according to the below question that WAEC repeats almost every year.

The question is in two parts.

  • What grammatical name is given to this expression as it is used in the passage?
  • What is its function?

Definition of “Grammatical Name”

Below is a working definition of the term, “grammatical name”.

Grammatical name is the name given to a word or group of words depending on its function and structure in a given clause or sentence.

Whenever it is a single word, your WASSCE question in this section typically asks you to state the PART OF SPEECH of the word in question.

It is usually underlined in the comprehension passage. In this case, you will have to state if the underlined word is a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, conjunction or preposition.

On the other hand, where it is a group of words, the regular WASSCE comprehension question here is expected to ask for the GRAMMATICAL NAME for the expression.

Over here too, you will have to be able to perform two separate tasks in order to get your answer right always.

First, you must ascertain whether the group of words is a PHRASE or a CLAUSE.

Secondly, you must be clear in your mind if that phrase or clause is adjectival, adverbial or nominal/noun in its function.

Definition of “Grammatical Function”

Grammatical function refers to the syntactic role a word or group of words is performing within a given clause or sentence.

Please note that without any reference to the sentence (the context), you will find it difficult (if not impossible) to identify both the grammatical name and function of a word or expression.

Thus, grammatical function is all about the behaviour of a word or group of words in relation to others in a given clause or sentence.

What I’m saying is this: Avoid the habit of taking the underlined word or group of words in isolation and then struggling to get what its grammatical name and/or function are/is.

You will find a further explanation of the challenging topic of grammatical names and functions in the following articles and tutorials.

The Grammatical Functions of a Noun Phrase

25 Examples of the Noun Clause Introduced by What/Whatever

Grammatical Name and Functions of Pronouns

Grammatical Name and Functions of Prepositions

In case you want more on this matter, there is a complete course here that you can take in the comfort of your home to, once and for all, understand the grammatical names and functions of English words and expressions.

Please note that the part of each sentence which is in bold lettering is what we are interested in.

Are you ready? Let’s do serious grammatical name and function business then!

Grammatical Name and Function Questions and Answers

TEASER GRAMMATICAL NAME QUESTION:

  • What is the grammatical name of ‘legal profession’ in the sentence, The legal profession ranks among the most respected professions in Nigeria.?
  • State its function.

SOLUTION:

Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase

Function: It is the subject of the verb, ‘ranks’.

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1. When they talked or swore, their minds showed a bright pink. NOVEMBER 2014.

Grammatical Name (GN): Adverbial Clause of Time

Function (F): It is modifying the verb, “showed”.

2. Not long after the government’s official proclamation newspaper reporters had a field day. JUNE 2015.

GN: Adverbial Phrase

F: It is modifying the verb, “had”.

3. They needed to buy saucepans and pieces of cloth to prepare for marriage when they returned home. JUNE 2013.

GN: Adverbial Clause

F: It is modifying the verb, “prepare”.

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4. People who speak the same language feel related to one another. NOVEMBER 2009.

GN: Adjectival Clause

F: It is qualifying the noun, “people”.

5. Here he was, inviting contributions on an issue that was not on the agenda. NOVEMBER 2009.

GN: Adjectival Clause

F: It is qualifying the noun phrase, “an issue”.

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6. In the waiting room, he met other applicants for the interview, which had been slated for 9:00 am. NOVEMBER 2015.

GN: Adjectival Clause/Non-defining Relative Clause

7. In Niger, for example, the absence of wetlands has forced the men to break new ground with a fish farming technique which is proving very successful. NOVEMBER 2005.

GN: Noun Phrase

F: It is subject of the verb phrase, “has forced” (or the verb, “forced”).

8. What you put in your mouth can change your mood, alertness, memory and clarity of thought. NOVEMBER 1999.

GN: Noun Clause

F: It is subject of the verb phrase, “can change” (or the verb, “change”)

9. But you have made a sad mistake and must suffer the consequences. NOVEMBER 1999.

GN: Noun Phrase

F: It is object of the verb phrase, “have made” (or the verb, “made”)

10. Akua was already there, desperately hurling through a window whatever she thought could be salvaged from the pool she stood in. PART OF SPEECH JULY 2003.

GN: Adverb

F: It is modifying the verb, “was”.

11. Although the child’s parents are his earliest and most important models, he is exposed to many other potent influences: siblings, television, school, celebrities and so on. JUNE 2008.

GN: Adverbial Clause (of concession)

F: It is modifying the verb phrase, “is exposed” .(or the verb, “exposed”)

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12. This reminded me of another father I came across many years ago. JUNE 2008.

GN: Adjectival Clause (or Zero Relative Clause: Note that the relative pronoun, WHOM/WHO, introducing this clause is omitted. It should have come just after “father” and before “I”)

F: It is qualifying the noun phrase, “another father” (or noun, “father”).

13. He was not a hard-hearted man who would cherish denying a man in distress a favour but the deplorable condition his car was in made him behave that way. JULY 2004.

GN: Noun Clause (or infinitive -ing clause)

F: It is object of the verb, “cherish” (or verb phrase, “would cherish”)

14. Perhaps no other historical figure exhibited this leadership characteristic better than Richard the Lionheart, the twelfth century English King, who always led his army personally into battles, always maintaining the front position. NOVEMBER 1998.

GN: Adverbial Phrase

F: It is modifying the verb, “led”.

15. I only steeled myself for the rebuke from Mr. Nyamekye who never countenanced ill-prepared papers such as the one I had written. NOVEMBER 1998.

GN: Adjectival Clause

F: It is qualifying the noun, Mr. Nyamekye.

16. The community centre was brimful of expectant citizens when the chief came in. NOVEMBER 2002.

GN: Noun Phrase

F: It is subject of the verb “was”.

17. As she had done on previous occasions, she got out, stood by her car, and donned her poor-defenceless-woman look. PART OF SPEECH. GCE JUNE 1997.

GN: Adjective

F: It is qualifying the noun, “look”. (Note that the word, “look” as used in the above sentence is a noun and not a verb.)

18. Then she turned round to the elders and chuckled in spite of herself and her smarting face. GRAMMATICAL NAME. YES. GCE JUNE 1997.

GN: Adjective

F: It is qualifying the noun, “face”.

19. There was an unknown woman, Madame Legros, who ran a small tailoring shop, in France during the French Revolution. NOVEMBER 2001.

GN: Adjectival Clause (or Non-defining relative clause)

F: It is qualifying the noun, “Madame Legros”.

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20. In addition to this false sense of well-being, the poor who eventually find their way up the financial ladder do not read enough to utilize the health information available in the media and other sources of information to help them adopt a healthier lifestyle. NOVEMBER 2001.

GN: Adjectival Clause

F: It is qualifying the noun phrase, “the poor”.

21. Although some people like talking about the “good old days”, few are ready to give up the many time-and-labour-saving devices that they have come to take for granted. GRAMMATICAL NAME GCE JUNE 1996.

GN: Adjective

F: It is qualifying the noun, “devices”.

22. Here, that truth is that a victim can tolerate the person who actively inflicts an injury on him quite readily, but finds it much more difficult to forgive the bystander who encourages that offender to carry on inflicting his misdeed. GRAMMATICAL NAME AND FUNCTION, GCE JUNE 1998.

GN: Relative Pronoun

F: It introduces the adjectival clause (or relative clause) “who encourages that offender”

23. Apart from his two new cassocks, Father John owned hardly anything to write home about. GRAMMATICAL NAME AND FUNCTION, GCE JUNE 1998.

GN: Noun Phrase

F: It is object of the verb, “owned”.

24. Yet, it is the only organ that never really rests. JUNE 2013.

GN: Adjectival Clause

F: It is qualifying the noun, “organ” (or the noun phrase, “the only organ”).

25. It was in that room that I met, for the first time, the commander who was to me an independent ally.

GN. Adjectival Clause

F. It is qualifying the noun, “commander”.

26. He pronounced a curse against moving his bones.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the object of the verb, “pronounced”

27. They heard a brief strange noise from the room behind them.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the object of the verb, “heard”.

28. I’ve already asked her to show them where it is weighed.

GN. Noun Clause

F. It is the object of the verb, “show”.

29. Kindly place it where it is weighed.

GN. Adverbial Clause (of place)

F. It is modifying the verb, “place”.

30. The affluent of past decades would marvel at the sheer volumes of money today’s rich people have.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the subject of the verb, “marvel” (or of the verb phrase, “would marvel”).

31. She sidestepped the less important ideas.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the object of the verb, “sidestepped”.

32. Those little children in the house need our care and attention.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the subject of the verb, “need”. (In other words, it is the subject of the sentence)

33. The regulation of the earth’s temperature remains one key function of the oceans.

GN. Noun Phrase

   F. It is the subject of the verb, “remains”.

34. That definitely is a threat to our environment.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is a complement to the verb, “is”

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35. Using words to express ideas was not a recent development in the history of human communication.

GN. Noun Clause

F. It is the subject of the verb, “was”

36. Before I could recover from the shock, she landed a second blow on the other side of my face.

GN. Adverbial Clause (of time)

F. It is modifying the verb, “landed”.

37. We would sit there, watching the men who had come to beg for favours.

GN. Adjectival Clause

F. It is qualifying the noun, “men”.

38. Foreigners who speak the same language bond together quite easily.

GN. Adjectival Clause

F. It is qualifying the noun, “foreigners”

39. We never thought that he would agree to run the state.

GN. Noun Clause

F. It is the object of the verb, “thought”.

40. It is becoming increasingly clear that if care is not taken, something terrible may happen before she leaves office.

GN. Adverbial Clause (of condition)

F. It is modifying the verb, “happen”. (or the verb phrase, “may happen”)

41. If my mother had had more money she would have assisted me.

GN. Adverbial Clause (of Condition)

F. It is modifying the verb, “assisted” (or the verb phrase, “would have assisted”)

42. If you read you would pass.

GN. Adverbial Clause (of condition)

F. It is modifying the verb, “pass”.

43. It was the most devastating moment for the entire troop.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the complement of the verb, “was”.

44. If society could be understood at all it would happen in later years.

GN. Adverbial Clause of Condition

F. It is modifying the verb, “happen” (or the verb phrase, “would happen”).

45. It raised an instant alarm.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the object of the verb, “raised”.

46. The materials last for ages when they are used properly.

GN. Adverbial Clause

F. It is modifying the verb, “last”.

47. Using words to express ideas is a primary function of language.

GN. Noun Clause (ing-infinitive nominal clause)

F. It is the subject of the verb, “is”. (or subject of the sentence).

48. They finally agreed to send him to the native doctor who alone knew how to cure lunatics.

GN. Adjectival Clause

F. It is qualifying the noun phrase, “native doctor”.

49. This disease will soon disappear like a miracle.

GN/Part of Speech: Adjective

F. It is qualifying the noun, “disease”.

50. Most human beings use at least one and sometimes two or more languages.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the subject of the verb, “use”.

51. The two hands rested gently on the child’s head.

GN. Noun Phrase

F. It is the subject of the verb, “rested”.

52. If he is lucky nothing happens to him.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of Condition)

Function: It modifies the verb, “happens”

53. You begin to lose appetite because you automatically feel too full.

Grammatical Name. Adverbial Clause (of Reason)

Function: It is modifying the verb,, “begin”.

54. They would have escaped easily had a stray dog not given them away.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of Condition)

Function: It is modifying the verb, “escaped” (or verb phrase, “would have escaped”)

55. Anyone that had come in contact with the patient went into quarantine.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the pronoun, “anyone”.

56. She was a witness that had no say in the matter.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “witness”.

57. All they could get from him were inaudible and evasive answers.

Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase

Function: It is the complement of the verb, “were”.

58. The plumber whose young wife was pregnant with their first baby came forward.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “plumber”.

59. Since the beginning of this century,  this relative equilibrium of Nigeria’s agricultural societies has been disturbed.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of Time)

Function: It is modifying the verb, “disturbed” (or the verb phrase, “has been disturbed”).

60. If social man is to be understood at all we must start by questioning the theories about the origin of the human species.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of Condition)

Function: It is modifying the verb, “start” (or the verb phrase, “must start”)

61. Any health worker that had come into contact with the patient was not spared.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “worker”.

62. Four years after the incident, she continued to blame herself for it.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Phrase

Function: It is modifying the verb, “continued”.

63. An interesting feature of this all is that nothing is allowed to stand in its way.

Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase

Function: It is the subject of the verb, “is”.

64. The whole community concluded that I was missing.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause

Function: It is the object of the verb, “concluded”.

65. They told us why they abandoned the idea.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause

Function: It is the object of the verb, “told”.

66. Her ambition was to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause

Function: It is the complement of the verb, “was”.

67. I would like to know how WAEC set their questions.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause

Function: It is the object of the verb, “know”.

68. The good news is you’re at liberty to do as you please.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause

Function: It is the complement of the verb, “is”.

68. I mistakenly thought she was mine.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause

Function: It is the object of the verb, “thought”.

69. Salaries paid to workers have been woefully inadequate.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “salaries”.

70. In the past few months I’ve suffered a lot.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Phrase (of Time)

Function: It is modifying the verve, “suffered” (or the verb phrase, “have suffered”)

71. These days mark the beginning of her professional blogging career.

Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase

Function: It is the subject of the verb, “mark”.

72. That baby hardly sleeps these days.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Phrase (of Time)

Function: It is modifying the verb, “sleeps”.

73. People on the road seem to care very little about the rest of us.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Phrase

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “people”.

74. She then realized how ignorant she had been all along.

Part of Speech: Adverb (of Time)

Function: It is modifying the verb, “realized”.

75. The goldsmith left it there for you.

Part of Speech: Adverb (of Place)

Function: It is modifying the verb, “left”.

76. That was a blatant lie.

Part of Speech: Noun

Function: It is the complement of the verb, “was”.

77. The atmosphere that now prevails on the campus is not conducive for academic work.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “atmosphere”.

78. This is all your making.

Part of Speech: Pronoun

Function: It is the subject of the verb, “is”.

79. She knows too well that she could have done better.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Phrase (of Manner)

Function: It is modifying the verb, “knows”.

80. The one who has cheated will not escape punishment.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the pronoun, “one”.

81. That dog believes barking can get it out of trouble.

Part of Speech: Noun (Gerund/Verbal Noun)

Function: It is the subject of the verb, “get” (or verb phrase, “can get”).

81. A barking partner is the greatest enemy of any peaceful relationship.

Part of Speech: Adjective

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “partner”.

82. Tell me whose cake is the best.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause

Function: It is the object of the verb, “tell”.

88. The contestant whose cake is the best will receive a cash reward from the organizers.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the noun, “contestant”.

89. The end of the road was not what we thought it would be.

Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase

Function: It is the subject of the verb, “was”.

90. Doing this will take you nowhere.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause (“-ing infinitive nominal clause” – For higher level students of grammar)

Function: It is the subject of the verb, “take” (or verb phrase, “will take”).

91. They simply gave him the lifeline of another man.

Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase

Function: It is the object of the verb, “gave”.

92. Manoeuvring a tanker poses many challenges.

Grammatical Name: Noun Clause (Non-finite Nominal ing-clause/Gerund Clause)

Function: It is the subject of the verb, ‘poses’.

93. This situation arises if the head sees himself as a boss.

Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of Condition)

Function: It is modifying the verb, ‘arises’.

94. The lorry we caught was old and slow.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause (Note that ‘that’ or ‘which’ has been omitted at the beginning of the clause. The sentence should have read, ‘The lorry that/which we caught was old and slow’.)

Function: It is qualifying the noun, ‘lorry’.

95. These concerns which emerged in the mid-western region of Nigeria have largely remained unresolved.

Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause

Function: It is qualifying the noun, ‘concerns’.

Source: The West African Examinations Council Past Question Papers and others

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    1. Hello Cassie. I can guess the word before your expression is ‘students’. Now if this is so here is the solution. Otherwise, you will need to give me the full sentence.
      Grammatical Name: Adjectival Phrase
      Function: It is qualifying the noun ‘students’.

    1. ‘if he sees himself as a boss’
      Grammatical Name. Adverbial Clause
      Function. It is not possible for me to state the function because the expression is not in a sentence. Please provide the full sentence. Thank you.

  1. Hello sir
    Please what is the grammatical name and function of each of each of the underlined expressions
    1.swimming in the lagoon has become become dangerous .
    2.’how to answer questions ‘in my problem
    3.we must decide ‘how to get married ‘
    4.you must explain ‘his sudden departure ‘
    5.my mother told me about ‘the forthcoming exams’
    6. We are waiting for ‘your early reply ‘
    7. He is “Ghanaian student”
    8. I didn’t care about “how to dolt”
    9. “Collecting stamps”has attracted his attention
    10.” To go to Takoradi”will attract much money

    1. Hi Rhoda. I’m so sorry. This one escaped my attention. Forgive me. Here are your grammatical names and functions. It’s probably too late now anyway.
      1. Swimming in the lagoon
      Grammatical Name. Noun Phrase
      Function. Subject of the verb ‘become’ (or verb phrase ‘has become’)
      2. How to answer questions.
      GN. Noun Clause
      F. Subject of the verb ‘is’
      3. how to get married
      GN. Noun Clause
      F. Object of the verb ‘decide’
      4. his sudden departure
      GN. Noun Phrase
      F. Object of the verb ‘explain’
      5. the forthcoming exams
      GN.Noun Phrase
      F. Object/Complement of the preposition ‘about’
      6. your early reply
      GN. Noun Phrase
      F. Object/Complement of the preposition ‘for’
      7. A Ghanaian student
      GN. Noun Phrase
      F. Complement of the verb ‘is’
      8. how to DOLT/DO IT??
      GN. Noun Clause
      F. Object/Complement of the preposition ‘about’
      9. Collecting stamps
      GN. Noun Clause
      F. Subject of the verb ‘attracted’ (verb phrase ‘has attracted)
      10. To go to Takoradi
      GN. Noun Clause
      F. Subject of the verb ‘attract’ (verb phrase ‘will attract’)
      Please you can download the FREE version of my ebook ‘Understanding Grammatical Names and Functions’ on this website for further explanation. Accept my apology for the late reply. Thank you.

  2. What grammatical name and it’s function is given to this sentence if he had been the poorest man in my kingdom

  3. Benedict Owusu Danquah

    Sir please what is the grammatical name and function of
    1.The hunter trapped a strange animal
    2. Johnson, the preacher has been charged with murder.
    3. Joe eat some meat balls
    4.My grandfather is a farmer.
    5. The headmaster has travelled to the United States of America

    1. Hi Benedict. It’s good that you provided complete sentences but I need more information to give you the best solution. Please state the specific expression from each sentence.

    1. Hi Boakye. Thanks for reaching out. Please, it is difficult to give the grammatical name and impossible to state the function when the context is missing. I mean you need to provide the full sentence in which the expression appears. So you may want to come again. In the meantime, here is an improvised sentence we can work with.
      The activities of illegal miners pose A THREAT TO OUR ENVIRONMENT.
      Grammatical Name. Noun Phrase
      Function. It is the object of the verb ‘pose’.

      1. What grammatical name is giving”so Language is a very important part of everyday life for every human being “as it is used in the passage

  4. 1. … about whom little is known
    Grammatical Name. Adjectival Phrase/Prepositional Phrase
    Function. It is qualifying the noun ‘boy’.
    2. … how the hunter killed the python singlehandedly
    Grammatical Name. Noun Clause
    Function. It is the object of the verb ‘know’.
    3. … the next bombshell fell
    Well, this is a complete sentence. It is in the order SV. That is
    THE NEXT BOMBSHELL – a noun phrase which is functioning as the SUBJECT (S) of the VERB (V) ‘fell’.
    Could it be that the expression in question is rather ‘before I recovered from the first shock’? In that case, the solution will look like this:
    Grammatical Name. Adverbial Clause (of Time)
    Function. It is modifying the verb ‘fell’.

  5. Hello prof 👨‍🏫
    Please kindly help me with the grammatical name and functions of these:
    1)Have trust in GOD
    2)The course rep went with the BOOKS
    3)I am not afraid of the ENEMY
    4)The photographer took a picture of the STUDENTS
    5)In all things,give thanks to GOD

    1. Hi there. Thanks but honestly, I’m nowhere near being a Prof. Here are the solutions.
      1. GOD
      Grammatical Name. Noun
      Function. It is the COMPLEMENT of the preposition ‘in’.
      2. BOOKS
      Grammatical Name. Noun
      Function. It is the HEAD of the noun phrase ‘the books’.
      3. ENEMY
      Grammatical Name. Noun
      Function. It is the HEAD of the noun phrase ‘the enemy’.
      4. STUDENTS
      Grammatical Name. Noun
      Function. It is the HEAD of the noun phrase, ‘the students’
      5. GOD.
      Grammatical Name. Noun
      Function. It is the COMPLEMENT of the preposition ‘to’.
      You might want to check out the tutorial on examples of grammatical functions.

        1. Please sir What is the grammatical name and function of “even though he has been offended” in the sentence joe is happy even though he has been offended.

          1. Thank you sir but please I have another question what is the grammatical name and function of the quoted expression: the boy ” about whom little is known ” won a scholarship. The children wanted to know ” how the hunter killed the Python singlehandedly . before I
            recovered from the first shock , ” the next bombshell fell ”.

  6. Chukwu Precious

    Good day Sir, please help me with the grammatical name and function of the following. “The journey was so long THAT I GOT TIRED”.

    1. Hi Precious. Here is your answer.
      Grammatical Name. Adverbial Clause (Reason/Cause)
      Function. It is modifying the verb ‘was’
      Other subordinating conjunctions you can use to replace ‘that’ in instances of this nature include HENCE, THUS, THEREFORE, SO, AS A RESULT. But be careful about how to use the last two. VERY is mistakenly used often. Thank you.

  7. Good day sir! Plz help me with the grammatical name and function of the following:
    1. My father died a year ago and my mother, A FULL-TIME HOUSEWIFE, had no money to complete the tuition.

    2. IF YOU ARE RENTING A CAR, always check in and around the car before you enter the vehicle.

      1. Hello Faith. It is possibly a noun clause. Without the full sentence, it is difficult to state the grammatical name and impossible to state its function. So please, let me have the complete sentence.

    1. Hi Olu. It could be an adverbial clause. Without the full sentence, it is difficult to state its grammatical name and impossible to state the function. Let’s have the complete sentence, please.

  8. What is the grammatical name and function of this The epitaph carved into the stone slab covering his grave includes,’a curse against moving his bones’

  9. Please sir ,help me with this
    The publicity manager said THEIR RANGE OF PRODUCTS was too narrow; only orange, lemon and pineapple flavours.
    grammatical name and function for words in capital
    thanks

  10. Please Sir, help me with this
    The publicity manager said THEIR RANGE OF PRODUCTS was too narrow : only orange, lemon and pineapple flavour,
    please the grammatical name and function for the words in capital

  11. Hello sir pls the grammatical name and function of the following:
    1. She won the case, “although guilty”.
    2. “What happened to Laz” was terrible.
    3. The student “from our college” won the quiz competition.
    4. The boy “whom we met two days ago” is very intelligent.

    1. Hi Sheraph. Here you are.
      1. ‘although guilty’
      Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of concession). Please, note that this type belongs to the group we call VERBLESS CLAUSES. You will realize that both the subject and the predicator/verb have been omitted. (Although she was guilty she won the case.)
      Function. It is modifying the verb, ‘won’.
      2. ‘what happened to Las’
      Grammatical Name. Noun Clause
      Function. It is the subject of the verb ‘was’.
      3. ‘from our college’
      Grammatical Name. Adjectival Phrase (In fact, this is a prepositional phrase behaving like an adjective hence the name ‘adjectival phrase’.)
      Function. It is qualifying the noun ‘student’.
      4. ‘whom we met two days ago’
      Grammatical Name. Adjectival Clause
      Function. It is qualifying the noun ‘boy’.

  12. What is the grammatical names and function of the following.
    1. What he does note know
    2. That has dense population in Sierra Leone
    3. Where they found diamond
    4. What he liked
    5.whoever camp
    6. whenever it rains
    7. Where we set up camp
    8. that the supreme court has made
    9. Wherever we want to go
    10. Every liker loved the most

  13. What is the grammatical name and function of the following:
    1) I ever carried.
    2) When the driver ………. asked me what I was doing sitting in the front of the bus.
    3) ………. what I was doing sitting in the front of the bus

    1. Hi Giwa. Item 1 is not clear enough. Would you like to come again, please?
      Here is the solution to item 2. WHAT I WAS DOING SITTING IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
      Grammatical Name. Noun Clause
      Function. It is the object of the verb ‘asked’.

      1. Hi Aloba. So let’s take the verb DRIVE as an example.
        We can turn ‘drive’ into its continuous form. That is ‘driving’.
        Depending on the situation, you may have ‘is driving’, ‘was driving’, ‘has been driving’ and so on. All these are verb forms.
        Now here comes the GERUND also known as a VERBAL NOUN whose form looks the same as the continuous/participial form of the verb above. That is ‘DRIVING’.
        The thing is such -ING forms, can be used to behave like NOUNS. This is when we call them GERUNDS. Since they function or behave like nouns in their context, we also refer to them as VERBAL NOUNS. Thus they perform the same functions that nouns perform.
        Finally, you may have a couple of examples of GERUNDS/VERBAL NOUNS.
        The word in capital letters is the gerund. I will state its grammatical function as well.
        1. DRIVING makes me feel tired.
        Grammatical Name: Noun/Gerund
        Function: It is the subject of the verb MAKES.
        2. Hamza hates DRIVING.
        Grammatical Name: Noun/Gerund
        Function: It is the object of the verb HATES.
        All these words can be used in sentences as verbs or gerunds.
        going
        typing
        trying
        reading
        playing
        singing.

    1. Hello Jummy. Your sentence seems incomplete. The grammatical name of ‘because you automatically feel too full’ should be ADVERBIAL CLAUSE.
      Please, re-write the sentence so I can show you the function of the clause.

  14. Good morning sir, please assist me with this. What grammatical name is given to this expression and its function?
    ‘For years after this incident’

    1. Hi Folayemi. It is best to have a full sentence. Without it, we cannot tell the function of the expression and stating its grammatical name can sometimes be tough. The first word, is it ‘for’ or ‘four’?
      For now, all I can say is the grammatical name is possibly an adverbial phrase.

    2. Tiamiyu Abdulbasit

      Hello folayemi, the grammatical name for this is “Adverbial phrase of time”. The sentence is talking about when the incident occured” four years” and there is no action words there

    1. Hi Amanda. Please, write the whole sentence. I mean this expression is part of a sentence so let’s have all the sentence. That is the only way we can identify its grammatical name and function. Thank you.

      1. What is the grammatical name of the “the first kingdom to emerge” in the sentence it was the first kingdom to emerge in the forest and Guinea areas of West Africa
        State it’s function

        1. Here is your solution, Akin.

          ‘the first kingdom’
          Grammatical Name. Noun Phrase
          Function. It is the complement of the verb ‘was’. It is, in fact, the subject complement.

  15. What is the grammatical name and function of the unlined words ‘ The old man came to look for the red umbrella ‘that he had forgotten where he sat’

  16. What is the grammatical name and function to these sentences:
    1. He directed a burning look at the poor boy, who had no answer to this new battle.
    2. Before I could recover from the shock, he took our sure currency notes and put them in my hand.
    3. A candidate in an examination hall, is a close cousin to the boxer in the ring.
    4. After the lady has written the letter, father brought out an old envelope which had been probably lying forgotten for months in his cupboard.
    5. He will travel to ibadan after the interview.

    1. Hi Precious,

      Thank you for the questions. But we have a slight problem. I am not able to identify the exact expressions you are interested in. Can you please highlight them for me? I will respond promptly after that. Thank you.

    2. I’ve waited for so long for additional information from you. Well, I’m going to do some guesswork. I hope it helps.
      So here we go.
      1. A BURNING LOOK
      It is a noun phrase functioning as the object of the verb, ‘directed’.
      2. BEFORE I COULD RECOVER FROM THE SHOCK
      It is an adverbial clause. It is modifying the verb, ‘took’.
      3. A CANDIDATE IN AN EXAMINATION HALL
      It is a noun phrase functioning as the subject of the verb, ‘is’.
      4. AFTER THE LADY HAD WRITTEN THE LETTER
      It is an adverbial clause. It is modifying the verb, ‘brought’
      5. AFTER THE INTERVIEW
      It is an adverbial phrase. It is modifying the verb, ‘travel’.

  17. The immediate response of the modern man… ‘ What grammatical name is this expression and it’s function

    1. Hello Damlare,
      Please let’s have the complete sentence inside which this expression occurs. In the meantime, here is my improvised sentence and the solution.
      The immediate response of the modern man made matters worse.
      THE IMMEDIATE RESPONSE OF THE MODERN MAN
      Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase
      Function: It is the subject of the verb, ‘made’.

    1. SENTENCE; Divine entered university when she was a girl of twenty.
      EXPRESSION; ‘when she was a girl of twenty’
      GRAMMATICAL NAME: Adverbial Clause (of TIME)
      FUNCTION: It is modifying the verb, ‘entered’.

  18. I need an answer to this grammatical expression (it’s grammatical name and function) : “which can make life more meaningful for both the rich and the poor”

    1. It is best to give the whole sentence. Without it, we can only guess the solution. Let’s place it in an improvised sentence.
      It appears to be a device which can make life more meaningful.
      WHICH CAN MAKE LIFE MORE MEANINGFUL
      Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause
      Function: It is qualifying the noun, ‘device’.

  19. Adetunji Blessing

    Good day sir!
    Please help me with grammatical name and function of this expression
    “For years after this incident”, I dreaded stepping out into any open space.

    1. Hi Adetunji, here is your solution. By the way, is it ‘FOR years’ or ‘FOUR years’? But whatever it is, I think the grammatical name will not be different.
      ‘For years after this incident’
      Grammatical Name: Adverbial Phrase
      Function: It is modifying the verb, ‘dreaded’.

    1. Hi Annabel. I’m not too sure which of these two is the expression in question so I’ll give you the answers for both.
      1. ‘THE PLACE WHERE THEY MET’
      Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase
      Function: It is the subject of the verb, ‘interests’.
      2. ‘WHERE THEY MET’
      Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause
      Function: It is qualifying the noun. ‘place’.

  20. Ahangba Aondongu

    Please sir what’s the grammatic name for Ahangba Aondongu this expression “but the really exciting moment”

  21. Muhammed Marong

    Hello sir can you please help me with the grammatical names and function of the following phrases and clauses.
    1: Before leaving for Banjul, we had a meeting with the management of the hotel.
    2: The boy sitting next to head girl is one of best student in the school .
    3)…the woman raised an instant alarm.
    4) I was shocked when I knew that the gentle boy is a notorious pickpocket.
    5) After having a bath, he sat down on the armed chair and fell asleep.

    1. Hi Muhammed. I’m glad that you provided the full sentence in each case. However, you haven’t indicated the specific expressions under consideration. For that matter, I’m going to do some guesswork so as to give you the answers I suspect you need urgently. Please, feel free to let me know if I’m not able to identify the right expression somewhere.
      Let’s do it.
      1. ‘Before leaving for Banjul’ Its grammatical name is ADVERBIAL CLAUSE (Of Time). Function. It is modifying the verb, ‘had’. You may check out my FREE ebook (downloadable PDF) on this topic to learn more about this type of construction.
      2. ‘(WHO IS)sitting next to the head girl’ Its grammatical name is ADJECTIVAL CLAUSE. Function. It is qualifying the noun, ‘boy’.
      3. ‘an instant alarm’. Grammatical name is NOUN PHRASE. Function. It is the object of the verb, ‘raised’.
      4. ‘that the boy is a notorious pickpocket’ Grammatical name is NOUN CLAUSE. Function. It is the object of the verb, ‘knew’.
      5. ‘After having a bath’ Grammatical name is ADVERBIAL CLAUSE (of Time). Please note that this is similar to item 1 above. Function. It is modifying the verb, ‘sat’.

    2. Muhammed Marong

      (6) Musa, the generous man, owns “a big orchard in sanyang”.
      7) … Was the only option “that could be utilized at the moment”.
      8)… The woman raised“an instant alarm”.
      9) The herd of cattle dispersed “as soon as the powerful storm struck the farmyard “.
      10)… parents force their children into talking up careers “which they may be intellectually unsuited “.

      1. 6. A BIG ORCHARD IN SANYANG
        Grammatical Name (GN) is Noun Phrase
        Function (F). it is the object of the verb, ‘owns’.
        7. THAT COULD BE UTILIZED AT THE MOMENT
        GN. Adjectival Clause
        F. it is qualifying the noun, ‘option’.
        8. Please check the previous set of answers. That is item 3.
        9. AS SOON AS…
        GN. Adverbial Clause
        F. It is modifying the verb, ‘dispersed’.
        10. WHICH THEY MAY…
        GN. Adjectival Clause
        F. It is qualifying the noun, ‘careers’.

  22. Sentence: his hands clutched the bag as if they’d been made of iron.
    Question: as if they’d been made of iron.

    1. Hi Ola. Let’s clarify a point before stating an answer. For advanced learners, the modifier, AS IF THEY’D BEEN MADE OF IRON, could be considered as a DANGLING MODIFIER. Dangling modifiers create ambiguity in meaning. Simply put, it is difficult to say what exactly this clause is modifying. Is it the noun phrase HIS HANDS or the verb, CLUTCHED?
      At the high school level, we can consider the element closest to the modifier to allow us to give the answer below.

      Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause
      Function: It is modifying the verb, ‘clutched’

      And, finally, there is a lot more to say about this that for obvious reasons cannot fit in here. Thank you, Ola.

  23. What is the grammatical name and function of the following

    1. That he was ill is no excuse for falling
    2. Ojo could not remember when you visited him last
    3. Improved economy is what we desire
    4. I shall give him the money, provided he will be of good behaviour

  24. What is the grammatical name and function of the following

    1. That he was ill is no excuse for falling.
    2. Ojo could not remember when you visited him last.
    3. I shall give him the money, provided he will be of good behaviour.
    4. Improved economy is what we desire.

  25. Please what the grammatical name for who were calling for harsh punishment for the culprits and it function

      1. Adetunji Blessing

        Good day sir!
        Please help me with the grammatical name and function of this expression
        “For years after this incident”, I dreaded stepping out into any open space.

    1. Hello. SENTENCE: Six years later, she came back to her hometown.
      SIX YEARS LATER
      Grammatical Name: Adverbial Phrase (of Time)
      Function: It is modifying the verb, ‘came’.

    1. Can we have the complete sentence, please? If not we have to improvise.
      SENTENCE: They thought that I could take care of myself.
      THAT I COULD TAKE CARE OF MYSELF
      Grammatical Name is Noun Clause
      Function: It is the object of the verb, ‘thought’.

  26. Goodday sir
    Please what are the grammatical names of these:
    1. Of antique shops
    2. The very soul
    3. The nineteenth century
    4. To pour
    5. Like illicit drugs

  27. Goodday sir
    Please I want to know the grammatical name and functions of these:
    1. Of antique shops
    2. The very soul
    3. The nineteenth century
    4. To pour
    5. Like illicit drugs

    1. Sorry, Regina. Please can you give me the complete sentences? It is almost impossible to identify the grammatical name and function of a group of words when the context is missing. Thank you.

  28. At the end of forty days of mourning, davids mother left for her own village to attend to her very ill mother.
    1. what is the grammatical name of ‘At the end of forty days of mourning’ as used In the expression?
    2. what is its function?

    1. I am guessing that the expression under consideration is AT THE END OF FORTY DAYS OF MOURNING. Here is your answer.
      Grammatical Name: Adverbial Phrase (of Time)
      Function: It is modifying the verb, ‘left’.

  29. At the end of forty days of mourning, davids mother left for her own village to attend to her very ill mother.
    what is the grammatical name of ‘At the end of forty days of mourning’ as used In the expression?

    1. Hi Owolabi. Please I need the full sentence to be able to give you the best answer. So please come again. For now, THAT SHE INDEED STUDIED AGRICULTURE IN THE UNIVERSITY is most likely a Noun Clause.

        1. Hello. It is almost impossible to tell the grammatical function of a word or group of words if it is not placed in a sentence. I really wish you could give us the sentence from which ‘with needle and thread’ is taken.
          For now, I can only say that it is a PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE. A prepositional phrase could function as either an adverb or an adjective. You can only determine its function when it is placed in a particular sentence. Look at the example below.
          She sewed with needle and thread.
          Here, the grammatical name of ‘with needle and thread’ is an adverbial phrase. The reason is it is functioning as an adverb, modifying the verb, ‘sewed’.

  30. Type here..Many children also assume, because no premium is laid on it, *that good hand writing is not necessary*.

    1. Many children also assume, because no premium is laid on it, that good handwriting is not necessary.
      THAT GOOD HANDWRITING IS NOT NECESSARY
      Grammatical Name; Noun Clause
      Function: It is the object of the verb, ‘assume’.

  31. Identify the grammatical name and function for the expression in the sentence ” For the legal profession is supposed to be a learned one”.

  32. That she indeed studied agriculture in the university..
    What is the grammatical name for the expression and what is it’s function

    1. Hi Precious, your expression is a bit confusing. I take it to mean that the sentence begins with “I met” and the underlined expression that follows is “where the cedar trees used to be”.
      Now if that’s the case, then the solution is this.
      Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of Place)
      Function: It is modifying the verb, “met”.

  33. Please identify the grammatical name and function in this sentence.
    “To standout among my equal Is *my aim in life.*

    P.S: the * means the underlined part of the sentence

      1. Thank you sir.
        Another question I have is can a noun phrase modify a noun.
        For instance:
        “Things fall apart, Chinua Achebe’s first novel is a classic”
        “Things fall apart” is underlined.

        Can we say it’s a noun phrase modifying the noun “Chinua Achebe”?

        1. Yes, a noun phrase can modify/qualify another noun/noun phrase as an appositive. What about this specific example? Well … not really. What’s rather happening here is this.
          THINGS FALL APART is the subject of the sentence. In fact, it is the subject of the MAIN VERB, “is”.
          CHINUA ACHEBE’S FIRST NOVEL is a noun phrase. And it is functioning as what we call an APPOSITIVE. So, in this case, it is a NOUN IN APPOSITION TO “Things Fall Apart”. Appositives are like qualifiers, they add more information to the preceding noun or noun phrase. There is so much more to say about this, anyway. Thank you.

    1. Hello Jay, thanks for reaching out. Now let’s put this in context. We actually need a complete sentence to accurately determine the answer. So here we go.
      “If he had been the poorest man in the kingdom they would have punished him severely.”
      IF HE HAD BEEN THE POOREST MAN IN THE KINGDOM
      Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of condition)
      Function: It is modifying the verb, “punished” (or verb phrase, “would have punished).

        1. Well it sounds very much like your typical CONDITIONAL (ADVERBIAL) CLAUSE. If he HAD BEEN ….
          However let’s not forget that there are NOMINAL (NOUN) CLAUSES which may be introduced by “if” and replaceable by “whether”.
          Here is an example: They wanted to know IF/WHETHER HE HAD EVER BEEN THE POOREST MAN IN THE KINGDOM.
          Grammatical Name: Noun Clause
          Function: It is the object of the verb, “know”.
          Please, do you have a specific sentence in mind? Let’s have it and deal with it. Make sure to place the exact expression in the original question in your sentence.

    1. Hello Kwame,
      Would you mind giving us the full sentence within which this expression appears? In the mean time, I’ll use my own sentence to be able to answer your questions.
      Worshippers WHO ARE NOT INITIATED are not allowed to enter that room.
      Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause
      Function: It is qualifying the noun, “worshippers”.

      1. What’s the gramatical name and the function given to the “the genes of those many infective agents”

  34. what grammatical name is given to this expression i came to a wood of oak like trees with branches ‘which grew low along the sand’ the leaves thick, like a roof.

    1. Hello Mary. Here is your answer
      “which grew low along the sand”
      Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause
      Function: It is qualifying the noun, “branches”.
      Forgive me for the delay.

  35. Pls what grammatical name is given to this expression ‘those who understand languages very well……’

    1. Hi, Olaniyan. Let’s place the expression in a sentence first.
      THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND LANGUAGES VERY WELL speak without sounding too sophisticated.
      Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase
      Function: It is the subject of the verb, “speak”.
      Thank you!

    1. Hello,
      Since we don’t have a complete sentence here, let’s start with one. The answer shall be based on this sentence. Here is the sentence:
      They thought that she was drunk.
      Grammatical Name: Noun Clause
      Function: It is the object of the verb, “thought”.

    1. Hi, Teniola. The grammatical name of WHO HAD COME TO BEG FOR FAVOURS must be ADJECTIVAL CLAUSE. Please, always provide the full sentence within which the expression can be found. Thank you.

        1. Pls help me with the grammatical name and functions of the sentences below
          1) WHAT MAKES THIS ENVIRONMENTAL LOSS ESPECIALLY SAD,is that tropical rain forest are often destroyed for little permanent benefit.
          2) THE PRESENT EMERGENCY MEETING was to consider one proposal only
          3)these apologists also advance the argument THAT THE BRIDE -PRICE HELPS to keep polygamy in check.
          4) the public manager SAID THEIR RANGE OF PRODUCT was too narrow.

          1. Here you are, Bankky.
            1. What makes this environmental loss especially sad
            Grammatical Name. Noun Clause
            Function. It is the subject of the verb, ‘is’.
            2. The present emergency meeting
            Grammatical Name. Noun Phrase
            Function. It is the subject of the verb, ‘was’.
            3. that the bride price helps
            Grammatical Name. Adjectival Clause
            Function. It is qualifying the noun, ‘argument’.
            4. their range of products
            Grammatical Name. Noun Phrase
            Function. It is the subject of the verb, ‘was’.

          2. What is the grammatical name for ” Her school fees” in the sentence:
            She has not paid her school fees for the term

    1. Hi Rebecca. I really wish you could give me the whole sentence within which the underlined expression, WHEN TELLING HIM A STORY, appears. As things stand now, I can only guess its grammatical name. It appears to be an ADVERBIAL CLAUSE (of time). It is not possible for me to tell its function unless I know the complete sentence. Please, come again; that’s if you wouldn’t mind. Thanks so much for your contribution.

    1. Hello Favour. I guess the underlined expression is THOUGH HIS BODY WAS HUGE. Now, if this is so, then here is your answer. Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of concession). Function: It is modifying the verb, “was”. It is important to note that the “was” being modified is the second one. Thanks for your contribution.

  36. Pls i need to know the grammatical name and function of this sentence.
    “But of course they must impress us with their learning, for the legal profession is supposed to be a learned one. ”

    For the legal profession is supposed to be a learned one is the underlined sentence.

    1. Hello Monisola. The grammatical name of the underlined expression is ADVERBIAL CLAUSE (OF REASON). Note that the word, “for” at the beginning of the expression can be replaced by “because”. Its function is this. It is modifying the verb, “impress” (or the verb phrase, “must impress”). Thank you for making life easier for me by giving the full sentence containing the underlined group of words.

      1. Ashikabe Friday

        ….. the genes of many of those infective agent….

        What is the grammatical name given to the above expression?

        1. Let’s place it in a sentence first.
          They resemble THE GENES OF MANY OF THOSE INEFFECTIVE AGENTS …
          Grammatical Name: Noun Phrase
          Function: It is the object of the verb, “resemble”. Thank you, Ashikabe.

          1. What grammatical name is given to this expression “most human beings ….’ as it is used in this sentence most human beings use at least one and sometimes two or more languages.

  37. ‘… that a people who could so far civilise brute animals,…’
    What grammatical name is given to this expression and what is the function.

    1. The only way it is possible to give a perfect answer to grammatical name and function questions is to consider the COMPLETE SENTENCE within which the word or group of words occurs. All I can say now is that it is likely that the grammatical name of this particular expression is NOUN CLAUSE. Now, unless you can give me the whole sentence it is impossible to even guess its function. Would you please come again with the whole sentence? It will benefit all of us. Thank you.

      1. “that a people who could so far civilise brute animals”,must needs excel in wisdom all nations of the world. What is the grammatical name and it’s function

        1. Hi Kandy. I think there is a slight mistake in writing the sentence. Please, write it again. The expression must be a noun clause but we need the sentence to confirm that and also state its function correctly.

    1. Esther, it is best when you give the whole sentence within which the expression occurs. For now, what I can say is it is most probably an ADVERBIAL PHRASE (OF TIME). Thank you.

      1. Good evening sir.
        I think this is an Adverbial Clause cos of the verb ‘develops’.

        Weldone for your efforts. I am learning greatly from you.
        Thank you.

        1. Hello. Actually it is an ADVERBIAL PHRASE. Technically, we call such a phrase a PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE because they are introduced by prepositions. In this particular case, the preposition is “BY”.
          Now, a prepositional phrase is either called an ADJECTIVAL PHRASE or ADVERBIAL PHRASE based on the function it is performing in the sentence.
          Where it behaves like an adjective, qualifying a noun as in, “They live in a house BY THE ROADSIDE” we name it ADJECTIVAL PHRASE. You can see that it is qualifying the noun, HOUSE.
          On the other hand, where it behaves like an adverb, modifying a verb, as in “BY THE TIME AIDS DEVELOPS the patient begins to lose weight” we give it the name ADVERBIAL PHRASE. In this sentence, its function is that it is modifying the verb “BEGINS”.
          So, my good friend, the grammatical name has got nothing to do with the verb, “develops” at all.
          Finally, the reason I didn’t want to commit myself for which reason I used “most probably” in my response is this.
          In all cases, you can’t say for certain if the Grammatical Name and, more importantly, function, of a particular word or group of words is this or that unless it is used in a specific sentence.
          Because one grammatical unit can change its FUNCTION under different circumstances. Therefore, without placing it in a sentence, it is not possible for me to tell you it is this or that. What if tomorrow you brought me a sentence where that same thing is FUNCTIONING differently? Lol. You see?
          Sorry for saying so much. But considering the interest you’ve shown, it’s only fair for me to help you as much as I can. Thank you for your patience.

        1. I think this sentense is like this: Though his body was huge his head was small.
          THOUGH HIS BODY WAS HUGE
          Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause
          Function: It is modifying the verb, “was”
          Please note that I’m referring to “was” which comes just before, SMALL.

  38. Identify the grammatical name and function of “since the beginning of this century” in the statement since the beginning of this century, this relative equillibrum of Nigeria’s agricultural societies has been disturbed.

  39. identify grammatical names and functions for the expression in the sentence “most human beings” use at least one and sometimes two or more languages.

    1. Most human beings use at at least one and sometimes two or more languages.
      Grammatical name of “Most human beings” is NOUN PHRASE
      Function: It is the subject of the verb, “use”.
      Note that you may also say it is the subject of the sentence. Thank you, Habiba.

      1. Hello sir ,help me with these
        1 most of the countries THAT MANUFACTURE are weapon are tough in war
        2 they pay salaries to WHOMEVER NEEDS IT FIRST
        3 WHY HE FAILED THE EXAM remains a mystery
        4 we bought a book SO THAT WE MIGHT LEARN ENGLISH
        5 we contributed our quota TO WHATEVER HE IS AT PRESENT

        1. 1. Correction: … countries THAT MANUFACTURE WEAPONS are tough ….
          Grammatical Name: Adjectival Clause
          Function: It is qualifying the noun ‘countries’.
          2. WHOMEVER NEEDS IT FIRST
          Grammatical Name: Noun Clause
          Function: It is the complement of the preposition, ‘to’.
          3. WHY HE FAILED THE EXAM
          Grammatical Name: Noun Clause
          Function: It is the subject of the verb, ‘remains’ (Subject of the sentence).
          4. SO THAT WE MIGHT LEARN ENGLISH
          Grammatical Name: Adverbial Clause (of Purpose)
          Function: It is modifying the verb, ‘bought’.
          5. Correction: …quota to WHATEVER HE IS AT PRESENT
          Grammatical Name: Noun Clause
          Function: It is the complement of the preposition, ‘to’.
          Please note that the groups of words under consideration are those in all caps or capital letters.

          1. Hello sir pls help me with this
            They will never know the reason FOR HIS SUCCESS
            He wished to talk TO HIS MANAGER.
            GRAMMATICAL NAME AND FUNCTION FOR BOTH. THANKS

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