G is for Grammar #atozchallenge

Day 7 of the Blogging from A to Z April challenge. Today’s topic: grammar.

I love grammar.  I could happily diagram sentences for hours.  I love the rules, the order, the patterns. The exceptions, the similarities between English and other languages.

So imagine my elation at the grocery store the other night when my five-year-old kid said to me, “Mommy, I know what a verb is.  It’s an action word.”

A big chunk of me wanted to explain about linking verbs, but instead I swallowed that down and said, “That’s right!  Where did you learn that?”

Martha Speaks.”  Of course.  He idolizes that show.

Tonight, when he was finishing his bath, he again brought up verbs.  Then he said the words every mother longs to hear: 

“Mommy, what are other parts of speech?”

Gleefully I told him about adverbs (“Inverbs,” he calls them).  Adjectives.  Nouns.  Interjections.  Conjunctions.

If he keeps this up, he’ll know all about gerunds by the time he’s in kindergarten.

As a grammar geek, I couldn’t be prouder.


  1. Ed, you are probably good at math, and have an engineering mind, even if you are not an engineer. My husband is a great editor and immediately sees all the little errors I make in my writing. But I want my bridges not to fall down, the planes to fly perfectly, etc. So, we need all the geeks we can get. But you also need people like us, the artists and dreamers and we do make you laugh, which is good.

  2. Yay, another grammar enthusiast. My favorite is “Let’s eat grandma.” vs “Let’s eat, grandma.” Grammar literally saves lives.
    Awesome post and happy A-Z blogging.

  3. Hello, ED! This is such a cute post! I’m a grammar wordnerd, too, LoL. It makes me happy to hear that a young child is so enthusiastic about learning grammar!!

    Hope you had a great weekend and happy A to Z!!

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