English Literature Key Terms

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Common Noun
a naming word for a thing that is tangible e.g. chair
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Abstract Noun
a naming word for an idea, concept, state of being or belief
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Proper Noun
a naming word for a specific example of a common noun
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Verb
a 'doing' word
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Active Verb
a word that represents a physical action
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Stative Verb
a word that represents a process that is often only mental
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Auxiliary Verb
a verb that is used with another verb to create present participles or the future tense e.g DID, AM, WILL
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Modal Verb
an auxiliary verb that expresses a degree of possibility or necessity
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Superlative
an adjective that displays the most extreme value of it's quality
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Definite Article
the
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Indefinite Article
a or an
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Demonstrative Pronoun
this, that, those
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Imperative Sentence Mood
when a sentence is issuing a command
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Declarative Sentence Mood
when a sentence is making a statement
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Exclamatory Sentence Mood
when a sentence conveys a strong sense of emotion, alarm or strong emphasis
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Colloquialism
informal language usage
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Hypohora
when a rhetorical question is immediately followed by an answer
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Hyperbole
deliberate over-exaggeration of things for effect
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Litotes
deliberate downplaying of things for effect
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Parallelism
the creation of patterns in a text usually through words/phrases
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Pathetic Fallacy
when the environment or weather mirrors emotions
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Ambiguity
where there can be more than one possible meanings or outcomes
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Satire
sarcasm
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Dysphemism
unnecessarily extreme way of saying something, usually not socially acceptable
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Euphemism
polite way to say something which is not usually considered socially appropriate
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Non Standard Capitaliation
capital letters being placed mid-sentence, words other than proper nouns, perhaps for emphasis
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Archaic Language
word that has fallen out of common usage/is old fashioned
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Octet
8 line verse
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Quatrain
4 line verse
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a naming word for an idea, concept, state of being or belief

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Abstract Noun

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a naming word for a specific example of a common noun

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a 'doing' word

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a word that represents a physical action

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