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Seen vs. Saw: Which Word Should You Use?

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 6:00 am

The words saw and seen have similar meanings and uses. Both refer to the use of sight in the past tense. However, they are not interchangeable. If you have ever confused the two, or feel like you couldn't explain the difference between saw and seen, this post will be very helpful. We will define each …

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However Comma: The Truth When It Comes to Punctuation

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022, at 6:00 am

Have you ever found yourself wondering whether you need a comma before or after the word however? If so, you aren't alone. This is a minor point of grammar that is often questioned, debated, and searched. It can sometimes even be difficult to find a good answer online. We are going to fix that in …

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Bring vs. Take: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 6:00 am

"Would you bring me to the train station?" "How much money are you taking to the concert?" You've probably said, read, or heard such expressions. Bring and take are common verbs in English, and we use them often in our daily writing and speech. But are the questions above correctly conveyed? Both verbs involve actions …

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What Is the Indicative Mood in English Grammar?

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2022, at 6:00 am

English grammar uses mood to establish how to regard a verb in a sentence, such as whether it is making a descriptive statement or expressing a wish or command. Verb mood differs from verb tense in that it more concerns the quality or form of the verb than it does when an action took place. …

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What Is a Concrete Noun?

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2022, at 6:00 am

Have you ever heard of a concrete noun? Right away we'll establish that it isn't a noun that weighs more than others—rather, it is a division of nouns. Being familiar with concrete nouns can help you further improve your grammar and your communicative skills. In this quick post, we'll discuss what a concrete noun is, …

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How Do You Write Percentages?

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 6:00 am

Percentages are common in our daily communication. They express groups of numbers in ways that let us quickly interpret them and relate them to one another. At the same time, we might wonder how we should present these figures in our writing. Do we use 10 per cent, 10 percent, or 10%? Let's review some …

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What Is the Plural of Hero?

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2022, at 6:00 am

Many movies feature a hero who comes to the rescue or otherwise saves the day. But what happens when more than one hero arrives to protect humanity from an intergalactic league of hostile aliens? What would be the correct spelling for the word meaning more than one hero? If you've ever wondered about the spelling …

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Is it Spelt or Spelled

Posted on Monday, July 4, 2022, at 6:00 am

If you want to say how you ordered letters to form a word, would you express that you spelt the word or spelled it? For many of us, both versions might feel as if they are the same, so how can you choose the right one? We'll address that for you here. Should You Write …

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What Are Simple Subjects?

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 6:00 am

One interesting thing about grammar is that we may often use it correctly without even realizing how or why. In other words, we might know the best way to apply a word or a phrase even if we can't explain it. As natural to us as the air that we breathe, simple subjects appear in …

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Adjective Examples: How to Make Your Writing More Descriptive

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 6:00 am

Adjectives add to vivid writing and speaking, and we use them often, perhaps without even being aware. In this discussion, we'll explain what an adjective is, look at examples, and offer some guidance for using them well. What Is an Adjective? An adjective is a word that describes the qualities of a noun (an object, …

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