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Exclamatory Sentences: Usage and Examples

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 6:00 am

The English language includes four types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative. This discussion will focus on exclamatory sentences. What Is an Exclamatory Sentence? A declarative sentence “declares” something (e.g., facts, thoughts, opinions), an interrogative sentence asks a question, and an imperative sentence issues a command. An exclamatory sentence imparts a strong expression or …

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Everything or Every Thing: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 6:00 am

If you've been scouring the internet to find the meaning of everything (the word, not life in general), this might be the post you've been searching for. That's because everything co-exists with every thing, and as a precise and eloquent writer, you want to know the difference. Do the two versions have separate meanings, and …

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What Is a Homophone? (Examples and Usage)

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00 am

There's a chance that at some point in your communication in English, you've read or written a word that sounds like the right one when spoken but is misspelled in print. One such example is the use of "you're" when the context means "your" (or vice versa). This common tendency is the result of what …

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All of a Sudden vs. All of the Sudden: Which Version Is Grammatically Correct?

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 6:00 am

When you want to describe something that took place in an instant, should you say all of a sudden or all of the sudden? Which is grammatically correct? This is a common question. The two variations look and sound alike and are often used interchangeably by native English writers and speakers. In fact, there may …

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Endemic vs. Epidemic vs. Pandemic

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 6:00 am

The subject of transmitted disease became relevant for all of humanity in late 2019 with the onset of COVID-19. As the disease spread and infected people all over the world, the word pandemic also gained prominence in our daily communications. English includes different words to convey the geographic scale of disease: endemic, epidemic, and pandemic. …

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Gist or Jist: Which Version Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you need to summarize a point or simplify a seemingly complicated topic. Would you be getting to the gist or the jist of the subject? Which version is correct? If you've ever confronted this question, today's post will settle it for you. We're going to review the difference between gist and jist, explain …

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Declarative Sentences: Usage and Examples

Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 6:00 am

The English language includes four types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative. This discussion will focus on declarative sentences. What Is a Declarative Sentence? Where the other sentence types present questions (interrogative), exclamations (exclamatory), or commands (imperative), declarative sentences convey information as facts, thoughts, or opinions—i.e., they "declare" something. Note the differences among the …

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Adapter vs. Adaptor: Is There a Difference?

Posted on Monday, September 5, 2022, at 6:00 am

One of many things that make the English language both fascinating and perhaps confusing is that it always evolves over time and across regions. Because of that, there can be subtle differences in English usage and expression from one place or era to the next. That can sometimes create uncertainty about spelling, usage, and interpretation. …

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Pick Up or Pickup: Which Word Do You Need to Use?

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you agree to give your friends a ride in your truck. On the way, they ask if you can help them move an appliance since your truck has an open cargo area with low sides and a tailgate. Do you know which word to use to describe what you'll be doing and what …

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Imperative Mood Explanation and Examples

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:00 am

Mood in English grammar is the verb form that tells us the way we should regard or understand the context of an action. For example, is the action part of a statement or question, or does it involve a command or a preference? English uses the indicative, imperative, and subjunctive moods to establish these contexts. …

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