Introduction to syntax exercises

The exercises in this category all have something to do with syntax, the study of rules and patterns that govern the way words combine to form phrases and the way phrases combine to form sentences. The study of syntax is an encridibly broad one, so these few questions here are in no way meant to represent all syntax deals with. The tools linguists use to describe syntax and experiment with it form a less broad category. We have tried to make available tools that allow you to do some of the more common things linguists do when describing syntax: drawing trees and writing their own grammars. The exercises should give teachers an idea of what is possible with these tools, while students can use them to see if they like this interactive method of testing their knowledge.

Try any of the exercises you like or turn to the Playground sections to play with the tools without having to bother about exercise restrictions. New users are recommended to turn there because you can find some short explanation on how the tools work, though we tried to make them such that most of you will have no trouble finding things out on your own. Both students and teachers can use the contact form (at the bottom of the menu) to give us their opinion on these tools. You may tell us anything: what you like and don't like about the tools, what you would like to see included, what could use some better explanation, etc. . Only with your feedback will it be possible to improve things for possible future upgrades.