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I am trying to create a language tutorial website, and I find myself, needing to categorically order Grammatical terms on the sidebar, like.. Articles, Adjectives, Nouns, Pronouns.. etc. However, I am having problem, grouping the terms under a common theme or purpose. These are, the ones I want to list, btw.

Alphabet, Numbers, Articles, Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs, Present Tense, Past Tense, Future Tense, Imperfect, Imperative, Nouns, Pronouns, Conjunction, Negation, Subjunctive, Conditional Comparative, Prepositions, Vocabulary, Passive, Indirect Speech, Plurals, Subject..

There are more missing from the list, but these were the ones, I deemed most important.

So, if you are asking what I have done, then take a look below, as I have tried to "Create" a category and encapsulate them, but not all, and even the ones I did might not have be correctly done.

Present Tense
Past Tense
Future Tense
Imperfect Tense
Imperative Tense 

(I don't know what to call these)

(I don't know what to call these, and if they can be grouped together)
 Conditional Comparative, 
Indirect Speech,


As you can see, I am really lost on this. The overall purpose, is just group them into 5 or 6 categories depending on which one, is similar to another one. I chose to think of it, as present tense is similar to past tense and prepositions could be similar to pronous rather than they are to... future tense ?

I would love, if anyone can help me group the above as logically coherent as possible.

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@php NoOb: Bear in mind that countless millions of people learn English quite naturally as their mother tongue. Even if you do come up with some meaningful way to group your categories, it's highly likely you'll accidentally include non-standard grammar/punctuation in the text on your website. Whilst I applaud your desire to learn more about the English language, I would be concerned that promoting your inevitably imperfect version of it on an "instructive" website may actually do more harm than good. –  FumbleFingers Mar 28 '13 at 19:01
@FumbleFingers Thanks for the feedback. Actually, I tend just to publish only articles I find on the web as far teaching others is concerned, except in rare cases, in which I am absolutely certain of what I am actually saying. That being said, this tutorial is oriented to people whose mother tongue is neither English nor, even derivative off, and the only problem I have, is... grouping the menu altogether, by a common theme. –  Simon_eQ Mar 28 '13 at 19:20
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Your "articles" category should be parts of speech.

The "negation" category seems too disparate to fit under a common label. Passive is a voice. Subjunctive is a mood. Conditional is a function of several moods, and a construction. Comparatives are...incomparable. Indirect speech is a construction. Vocabulary is not really about grammar at all. So perhaps you might want to call this category "miscellaneous". Notice that you have "vocabulary" twice.

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Hi @Cerberus, Nice catch with the parts of speech suggestion, and even more.. You said, conditional is a function of several moods, I agree. So, where does it fall into the category? Moods of Speech if the, can we fit the imperative in aswell? –  Simon_eQ Mar 28 '13 at 18:26
And, one more thing, if there a website, that explains about this construct deeply, I would love a suggestion. –  Simon_eQ Mar 28 '13 at 18:27
@phpNoOb: "Part of speech" is an established category; "mood" is another one, although different people categorize different things as "moods"; but "mood of speech" is really not used. // There are two things I would call "conditional": 1. a construction with if; 2. the special use of the subjunctive in certain conditional clauses. // The imperative is a mood. –  Cerberus Mar 28 '13 at 18:39
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