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Zero Article in English Grammar

Zero: credit Pixabay (license)<p>The <b>Zero Article</b> does not exist. But it is very useful nonetheless.<p>Talking about the zero article is useful when we’re …

Linguistics

Adverbial Clauses‏‎ in English Grammar

An <b>adverbial clause</b> is a subordinate clause‏‎ that act as the adverb in a sentence. It normally answers the questions: <i>how</i>, <i>when</i>, <i>where</i>, <i>how much</i>.<p>We can …

Language

What are the correct rules of English grammar?

<b>Who says we can't split infinitives? Michael Rundell, Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan Dictionary, argues that we should expect linguistic rules to</b> …

13 Common Words You Are Probably Mixing Up

For some reason, people just can't seem to get the difference between "they're" and "their" and "there." One is a contraction of they are, one is the possessive form of they, and one talks about a place or location. It's not rocket science. But there are plenty of other words people mix up as well …

The Art Of Using Correct Verb Tenses In Your Writing

<i>By Writer's Relief Staff:</i><p>Enforcing consistent verb tense in your writing is crucial. Nothing makes an editor’s brain hurt more than trying to read through distracting or confusing verb tenses. If one sentence has so many varying tenses that readers don’t know if you’re coming or going, you can be …

David Foster Wallace: Five Common Word Usage Mistakes

I'm a big David Foster Wallace fan. His 2005 commencement speech will go down as one of the best ever.<p>If you’re aware enough to give yourself a …

10 Words People Who Lack Confidence Always Use | Inc.com

Nine-hundred and seventy-two.<p>That's the total number of e-mails I received just in May, and it's about my average. That's not counting the hundreds and hundreds of messages Gmail dumped into categories for promotional mail, forum posts, and social networking updates. I've become proficient at …

Mark Zuckerberg

50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary

Collective nouns may seem like quirky ways to describe groups, but 500 years ago, they were your ticket to the in-crowd. Most collective nouns, or …

Is It Okay To Start A Sentence With A Conjunction: And, But, Or...

<b>Question:</b> In fiction, is it okay to begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction (<i>and, but, yet</i>)?<p><b>Answer:</b> Not according to many high school …

The 5 Scariest Grammar Issues: Your Guide to Fearless Writing

Whether you're an accomplished author with dozens of titles under your belt or a starry-eyed newbie with a couple half-finished drafts in a drawer, …

Ursula K. Le Guin

18 Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing

It’s a familiar scene: you’re slumped over your keyboard or notebook, obsessing over your character. While we tend to agonize over everything from …

Fix-It Friday: Fixing those prepositional phrases

Prepositional phrases can be tricky! They can easily become misplaced modifiers, throwing a money wrench in your sentence’s meaning.<p>Let’s fix these …

15 Words Plagued by Unusual Silent Letters

The scourge of spellers, silent letters are often a stumbling block when learning how to write in English. To the modern eye, it's unclear what these …

Mary Magdalene

15 Words And Phrases You're Probably Saying Incorrectly

Whatever the reason, we've bastardized parts of the English language.<p>The 15 word and phrases below often come out incorrectly. Let's set the record straight.<p><b>1. For all "intents and purposes" — not for all "intensive purposes"</b><p>If you say "for all intensive purposes," you mean "for all these very …

Language

9 Little Translation Mistakes That Caused Big Problems

Knowing how to speak two languages is not the same thing as knowing how to translate. Translation is a special skill that professionals work hard to …

Language

26 Unusual Plurals That Work Like "Attorneys General"

The usual way to modify a noun in English is to put an adjective before the noun: nice view, tasty treat, hot day. But every once in a while, we put …

Language

The Origins of 9 Great British Insults

For as long as people have been speaking the English language, they’ve been deploying it to poke fun at one another. Let's dig a little deeper into …

Etymology

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?

Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong<p>Imagine a world in which biology was taught using no textbooks written later than 1795; a world in which the advances of the …

10 words that you've probably been misusing

There are so many words in the English language that it’s not surprising that the definitions for some of them have gotten mixed up over the years. …

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful<p>Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn't worry too much, she says, if their plans "go oar-y" after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across …

10 Words You Should Never Use to Describe Yourself | Inc.com

Consider the word "charismatic." If someone called me charismatic, I will be incredibly flattered (and hugely surprised). But if I call <i>myself</i> charismatic, you will think I'm a jerk--and rightly so.<p>Here are 10 more words that are awesome when used by others to describe you, but that you should never …

Self-improvement

11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way

Why is English spelling so messed up? We get the same sounds spelled different ways (two, to, too), the same spellings pronounced different ways …

The Totally Weird Origins Of English Idioms

If nothing else, social media has taught us that at some point all of us start to sound like our moms and dads. The Bible might give the mouths of …

Language

To + infinitive or -ing form?

EnglishOpen<p>Are there some rules i can follow for making choices in relation to the infinitive form?<p>1 Answer<p>0vote<p>mnbgt678;_mnbvf 290<p>It is called verb …

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Useful English expressions – Agreeing and Disagreeing - learn English,vocabulary,communication

Useful Homophones - learn English,words,grammar

<b>Homophones:</b><p>a. one of two or more words pronounced alike but different in meaning or derivation or spelling.<p>b. a character or group of characters …

British/American English. Vocabulary Differences. - learn English,words,communication

American English is the form of English used in the United States. British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom.