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Objective Case: Usage and Examples

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 6:00 am

When we refer to case in English grammar, we indicate the form that a noun or pronoun takes according to its function in a sentence. The three cases in English are subjective, objective, and possessive. This review will center on the objective case. What Is the Objective Case? The objective case is the case we …

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How to Use AP Style Datelines in Your Writing

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2023, at 6:00 am

You may have heard about writing in AP style or even been directed to do so by a teacher or editor. In fact, a commonly searched grammar question on the web concerns how to use Associated Press–style datelines in writing. In today's post we'll delve into how to do that as well as why you …

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What Is a Stative Verb?

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 am

We often relate the word “verb” with an action: We eat, we work, we talk, we sleep. These verbs are also referred to as dynamic verbs. However, not all verbs describe physical actions. Some express: senses opinions thoughts ownership or measurement states of being emotions or feelings Such verbs are known as stative verbs. Examples …

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Yours vs. Your’s: Which One Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 am

You may have seen both yours and your's written before, particularly if you read blogs and social media. (Both forms can appear often in text messages too.) How do you know which word treatment is correct? Let's get to the bottom of that—along with the reason why so much confusion surrounds this topic. Yours vs. …

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What Is a Predicate Pronoun?

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 6:00 am

The presenter will be she. The culprit is you? If you continue your method acting of that character, you will become he. You probably use or recognize statements expressed in ways such as these. It's also possible that when speaking colloquial English you might use an object pronoun rather than a subject pronoun in the …

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Your vs. You’re: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2023, at 6:00 am

Two of the most commonly confused and misused words in American English are your and you're. Do you know the difference between them? If not, you'll appreciate this review. We're going to discuss the definition of each word as well as its proper usage. Let's jump in! Your vs. You're: The Basics We'll start by …

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Present Perfect Progressive (Continuous) Tense

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 6:00 am

English uses tense to indicate the timing of a verb's action in the present, the past, or the future. Traditional English includes twelve tenses: present X simple past progressive future perfect perfect progressive In this discussion, we'll review the present perfect progressive tense, which is also referred to as the present perfect continuous. Present Perfect …

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What Is the Plural of Puppy?

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 6:00 am

Few things are as enjoyable as having a puppy run around you in playful joy. Perhaps the only improvement is having more than one puppy around. If you find yourself in such a favorable circumstance, how do you spell the plural of such a cheerful group? For that matter, how do you spell other English …

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What Is a Predicate Adjective?

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 6:00 am

Paulina seems optimistic. The blueberry muffins smell delightful. That essay is certain to persuade people. Most of us will be familiar with sentences such as these. We may even find ourselves using such expressions daily, as they contain a common structure for describing something in writing or speech. Each sentence includes a subject, a verb …

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What Is the Plural of Leaf?

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 6:00 am

When a color-changing leaf first falls from a tree in autumn, it represents a beautiful reminder of the cycles inherent in nature. It's also a sign that many more soon may fall and you should probably find a rake. As you gather one leaf after another, what word do you use to identify the growing …

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