There is a bad habit among writers to use ornate phrases where a single word will do. The English language is full of such terms. Sometimes, there can be multiple variations of the same phrase. An example of this is in regard to and in regards to. Let’s dig in...
Considering how similarly immigrate and emigrate sound, it is understandable for people to wonder if they are alternate spellings of the same word. Emigrate’s Definition Firstly, emigrate does not mean the same thing as immigrate. Emigrate has a specific definition: to depart one place – for example, a nation or state...
What are Pronouns? Firstly, pronouns are nouns, but they comprise a particular subcategory. Pronouns’ function is to take the place of other nouns. Here is an illustration. If you were writing an essay about Henry V, you would not want to say his full name repeatedly. The essay would sound...
The term “linking verb” refers to a verb that connects the subject of a sentence to information about the subject. Linking verbs do not relay an action but instead link the subject and the other statement details. Perhaps the most common linking verb is to be. However, there are...
In this article, we'll first help you determine whether a particular assignment is asking for a comparison/contrast. Then, we'll guide you through generating a list of similarities and differences, deciding which to focus on, and organizing your paper to be clear and effective. This article will also explain how...
The English language contains many homophones that can be confusing for both native and non-native speakers. While speakers typically move right past homophones, many writers are left unsure of which word to use. One example of a confusing set of homophones is "passed" and "past." Although these words sound...
Subordinating conjunctions can be made up of words or phrases. Their job is to connect a dependent clause with an independent clause. A subordinating conjunction shows that a clause has informational value to add to the main idea of the sentence. It can indicate a shift in setting (time...
Many of our readers are curious about the spellings judgment and judgement. Judgement is typically flagged by word processors as an incorrect spelling, but online, you can find both spellings with nearly equal frequency. There are number of instances such as this with debated spelling of various words (which makes language so interesting!)....
Do you struggle with deciding whether to use a comma every time you write but in a sentence? Well, let's end the hesitation once and for all: When Should You Put a Comma Before But? This issue can be addressed with a simple rule: a comma should be used before but only when the...
We published an article on this topic a few years back, which is where we recommend you begin - it can be found here. After receiving numerous questions regarding the subject, we decided to address the issue once again with a little refresher: So WHICH One Is It? These two common little...