The other day (or probably longer), my son had a homework assignment that he couldn’t figure out. He was supposed to find the onomatopoeia in a sentence. There wasn’t any beeps, or other obvious sounds, but in the sentence a moose crashed. And that was the onomatopoeia.
Remember I said you couldn’t put onomatopoeia in past tense?
Well, I lied.
You actually can.
You see, whenever onomatopoeia acts as the verb of a sentence – and perhaps at other times – then the word can become conjugated or plural.
But when the word is acting as a sound, it can’t.
Did that make sense?
Let me demonstrate:
Introducing... Onomatopoeia that starts with C
She clicked her camera at the first photo op.
Joey crammed the textbook into his backpack. “Guess I’ll be cramming for my test tomorrow,” he thought.
<----That door creaks.
The woodcutter chopped, chipped and chucked the wood onto the pile.
Did you get all that?
Wonderful! This is me clapping.
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So anyways, whenever you need onomatopoeia to do some extra work in your sentence, don't be afraid to let your little conjugating genie out of its bottle. Right Genie?
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