The Top 25 Grammatical Terms
by Richard Nordquist/Thought.Co
Nouns and verbs, active and passive voice, direct and indirect objects, compound and complex sentences: you’ve probably heard these terms before. Some you still remember, and others—well, others may not be quite as familiar to you as they used to be. If you’re in the mood to brush up on your grammar, this page is for you: brief definitions and examples of the most common grammatical terms.
How to Review the Top Grammatical Terms
If you want to learn more about any of these terms, click on the word to visit a glossary page. There you’ll find an expanded definition and several more examples, along with links to articles that examine related grammatical concepts in more detail.
Put these concepts to work in basic sentence structures.
A word of caution: learning (or relearning) these grammatical terms won’t by itself make you a better writer. But reviewing these terms should deepen your understanding of how words are arranged in English to create sentences. And that understanding should eventually help you become a more versatile and confident writer.