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English Grammar Terms: A Reference Sheet for Teachers & Students

English Grammar Terms: Reference Sheet

I have created a reference sheet of basic English grammar terms. This sheet will be useful for new English teachers who have yet to master English's basic grammatical terminology. Students who are interested in grammar might also find it handy as a reference.

It covers basic verb tenses (simple, continuous, and perfect tenses), terminology related to verb forms, conditionals (1,2,3, & mixed), and a few other points. In my opinion, a conversational English teacher should be able to identify and explain, at minimum, the following grammar terms:

  • nouns
  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • verb tenses
  • prepositions
  • articles
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd conditionals

If you cannot identify these items, study this reference sheet or print it and bring it to class with you.

Grammar Reference sheet: English-grammar-terms.doc (download)

basic English grammar terms

List of grammar terms copyright Matthew Barton of

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9 Comments on this page

  1. Andrea Belletti (Posted November 12, 2012 | Reply)

    Not really mistakes, but more a matter of omission… Where is the future continuous/progressive? And what about the subjunctive and imperative modes?

    • mb (Posted November 12, 2012 | Reply)

      Thanks. I added the future continuous (there was space and there’s no reason to leave it out). I left out the subjective/imperative because I want to keep it to one page, and, in my experience, students rarely inquire about them (the zero conditional has been left out for that reason as well). Thanks for the advice!

  2. bhavna (Posted October 22, 2013 | Reply)

    plz sand some more material

  3. lamyae (Posted October 30, 2013 | Reply)

    i like this tests thenk you for ever

  4. mrs (Posted March 30, 2014 | Reply)

    I LOVE IT !

  5. Anonymous (Posted July 4, 2014 | Reply)

    u have given good materials iam thank full for that, but its not enough to study grammer so plz send some more other materilas which helps to learn english..

    thank u

  6. pradip nagapure (Posted July 23, 2014 | Reply)

    i have get right information about grammar structure…thanx for that


  7. mallikarjun (Posted July 24, 2014 | Reply)

    Really it good to learn properly


  8. shobha garg (Posted September 26, 2014 | Reply)

    v.useful for pupil…

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