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Grammar Ninja

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Thanks for the front page Tom. This will be interesting. ;)

Welcome to the Grammar Ninja Dojo of Academic Combat, where ninjas find parts of speech by throwing ninja stars at poor helpless words. It’s a great way to vent anger at words you don’t like, and you might just learn something.

Design and planning took a few weeks, although most of the programming took just one week. I’m quite proud of my efforts. The game has gone through extensive beta testing, so grammar errors are at a minimum, if at all. Gman’s drawings and Usa’s sound design have given this game a fantastic atmosphere. Have fun.

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First one was wrong, "Police" is considered a Noun when it represents a person, place or thing.


I enjoyed it. :D

p.s. Don't mind all these Grammar Nazi Ninjas. ;P

Some answers debatable, but a good game.

All questions of grammar aside, the game itself is pretty good. It's got a fun concept, fun artwork, fun sound effects, and ninjas! If I were going to create a grammar-related game for kids, I would definitely aim for something like this. It's simple, it's clean, it's fun.

As far as the grammar stuff is concerned, there are a few things that are probably going to be considered mistakes by a lot of players. But don't let it get you down. You're never going to please everyone. The world of grammar just isn't very cut and dry. No word is inherently a noun or an adjective or a verb. What matters is how the word functions in the sentence, and most words are capable of functioning in several different ways, even within the same sentence.

For example, in the phrase "the sleeping dragon", the word "sleeping" would probably most accurately be described as a participle, but it could fairly be called either an adjective or a verb as well. No matter which you call it, there is guaranteed to be someone who wants to call it something else and squawk about how stupid you are for doing otherwise.

Or take the sentence, "It blew me away". Is the word "away" a preposition? Some might say yes, since it operates as a preposition in other constructions, such as "away we go". Others would say no, it's obviously a postposition, since it is a postposition in other constructions, such as "ten miles away". Or is it an adverb? Some might say yes, since it does seem to have an adverbial function. (In fact, all prepositions and postpositions have an adverbial or adjectival function at the phrase leve.)

But, in fact, in this case it is a verb! One of the unique things about English is that it is full of phrasal verbs, such as "blow away" and "put up with" and "go over". (Notice there is a clear difference in meaning between going over a wall---where "over" is a preposition---and going over some documents---where "over" is part of a phrasal verb).

So take the fact that grammar is maddeningly complex and add to that mixture a vast sea of self-entitled grammar "experts" who are prowling for opportunities to point out gaps in grammar knowledge and to thereby (apparently) help poor fools see the light. But not everyone who claims to know something about grammar knows something about grammar. In fact, most people who claim to know something about grammar tend to know very little. Even the ones who do know quite a lot about grammar are often mistaken. It's complicated and slippery and no one should be expected to understand it flawlessly. In fact, that's probably impossible.

Anyway, I'm not so much trying to school you in grammar (I'm not that presumptuous) as I am trying to say that a game like this is guaranteed to generate a lot of squawking and arguing. People are going to disagree with your labels, call you an idiot, tell you that you don't know anything, blah blah blah. But all of that is irrelevant. Even if all the grammar in this game were 100% wrong, the game that frames it all is well done. It is on that alone that I give you the high score. And you made this in high school. I'm doubly impressed.

Cool game. =]

A nice educational game.

This was a fun game and i wouldn't normally say that about educational style games but you gave this a fun concept with it having to due with ninjas and a couple of nice animated scenes along with a great way of answering the grammar questions by throwing the ninja star at the words,the sound effects were solid and overall i enjoyed this game very much. =)

Nice idea, terrible grammar

Create a game called Grammar Ninja and you're simply begging for the ACTUAL grammar ninjas (or police, whatever you may call them) to come by. Hence:

For a game that's centred on trying to teach grammar, it does a VERY poor job. A few examples (off the top of my head):

1) "love" in "love" is NOT an adjective; "love note" is a compound noun and consists of two seperate nouns. No compound noun consists of less than one noun. No noun can become an adjective as a result of it being compounded with another noun. The same goes for "English class", unless the actual class IS English (which it is not; it is a class ABOUT English), and "pecan pie". Why you would suddenly decide to be correct in that "Snowboard" in "Snowboard Kids" is a noun is beyond me...

2) "United" in "United States", on the other hand, IS an adjective; while "United States" as a whole is an NP and might therefore easily be mistaken for a compound noun, "United" can simply NEVER be a noun.

3) "the", "a", and "an" are the only three articles RP English has (that is: received pronunciation; 'official' English, excluding regional differences).

4) "my" is NOT an adjective, nor an article. It is a (possessive) pronoun. The same goes for "our".

5) "any" is NOT an adjective: it is a quantifier.

6) "up" in "fills me up" is definitely NOT an adverb: it is a postposition.

7) Whoever decided "will" in "will ring" is an adverb should be shot in the head, especially considering you did not label "will" in "will not allow" as an adverb as well.

8) "today" is most definitely NOT a noun: it is an adverb.

9) "three" is not an adjective: it is a numeral.

That said, your game would've gotten a 7 for including ninjas, being about grammar, and random awesomeness. I gave it less than half for it being only a half-hearted attempt. I say give your English teacher a heads up, as well, because you can't expect students to understand grammar if the teacher themself performs this poorly.

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3.49 / 5.00

Jan 27, 2007
7:50 AM EST