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Negative Words

Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 6:00 am

Negation provides us the means of expressing the opposite of a word, thought, or idea. It can include words such as: no nothing not neither none nowhere no one never nobody Let's look at a few examples: I agree with what she said. I do not agree with what she said. Everyone loves paying taxes. …

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Envelop or Envelope: Which Spelling Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 6:00 am

Have you ever wondered whether envelop or envelope is the right spelling? If so, then today's grammar article should offer some guidance. Both envelop and envelope are their own words with slightly different spellings and separate (but related) meanings. We'll discuss the difference so you can use each word properly in your writing and speaking. …

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Is It Veterans’ Day, Veteran’s Day, or Veterans Day?

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 6:00 am

As November 11 approaches, some people may wonder how to write the name of the November 11 American holiday that commemorates the end of world-war hostilities in 1918 and 1945 as well as all who have served the U.S. Armed Forces. Do we use an apostrophe when spelling Veterans Day? The answer is no. According …

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Lawsuits and the Missing Apostrophe

Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 6:00 am

For some people, punctuation in English might be a fuss over details. For others, it provides vital markers for clear, precise, and eloquent writing. For yet others, a missing apostrophe can represent a great expense. In October 2020, an Australian man claimed in a Facebook post that a real estate agent did not pay his …

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Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:00 am

Weather, whether, and wether are homophones, meaning they sound the same but have different meanings. Do you know how to use and spell them correctly? If you aren't 100% sure, this post is for you. Let's look at the distinctions among them by starting with the word you might use the most often. The Meaning …

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Euphemisms: What Is a Euphemism?

Posted on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 6:00 am

Some people may not be able to say what a euphemism is, but there’s a good chance they often use euphemisms, including sometimes without being aware. In today’s grammar post, we’ll explain what euphemisms are and how to use them. What Exactly Is a Euphemism? A euphemism is a mild term—typically an idiomatic one—that’s used …

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Contractions in English

Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 6:00 am

Contractions in English are the shortening of words, phrases, or numerals by omitting characters and replacing them with an apostrophe. The apostrophe represents the missing letters or numbers. You likely use contractions daily in your communications. In writing and speech, they help us save time in exchanging thoughts and ideas. They conserve space and length …

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Complex Sentences: What Is a Complex Sentence?

Posted on Monday, October 11, 2021, at 6:00 am

Complex sentences in English grammar are not referred to as such because they contain complex thoughts or ideas. Rather, “complex” in grammar terms concerns a sentence’s structure. The Definition of a Complex Sentence A complex sentence in English grammar is one that has one independent clause and at least one dependent clause. An independent clause …

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Acronyms: What Is an Acronym?

Posted on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 6:00 am

Do you know the definition of the word acronym? Even if you couldn’t explain it the way a dictionary would, you probably know many acronyms and use them every day. In today’s post, we will review the definition and usage of acronyms so you can add them to your grammar toolbox. What Exactly Is an …

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Compound Sentences: What Is a Compound Sentence?

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 6:00 am

English has four types of sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. In this review, we’ll discuss what a compound sentence is. A compound sentence is one that includes at least two independent clauses that are connected by a conjunction and a comma or by a semicolon. Examples Ricky went to the park on his bike, …

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