I discovered that no one else seemed to use some of the words our family used. Thinking that they must be related to my ancestors I wondered if this might happen to other people, too.
Want to write better sentences? Here is a guide for how to improve your writing. Includes sample sentences and links.
What is the difference between then and than? Let's explore definitions, common mistakes and examples of the usage.
In this article we answer the question "what is the grammatical function of a pronoun?" And we also take a detailed look at all the grammatical functions of pronouns.
Mrs. Twitches explains the rules for using WHICH and THAT. You might find yourself scratching your head at her rhymes and uncommon explanations for which and that and their respective clauses. But, you'll also find out if she gets hitched with Mr. Glitches.
Learn more about the types of nouns in English grammar. Increase your understanding with instructional videos and interactive quizzes on nouns.
A brief examination of the correct grammatical use and origins of the phrase "bad rap." The purpose being to provide research based confirmation of its standard use and to show the grammatical basis for considering the phrase "bad wrap" to be incorrect.
Writing and editing require knowledge of correct spelling and word use, in order to be truly effective. If you don't know the difference between peek, peak, and pique, you may lead your readers down a wrong path.
When do you use "I" or "me"? If you've ever met "Jimmy," you'll be begging to use personal pronouns just so you won't have to hear Jimmy talk about himself in the third person all the time. But before you gang up on Jimmy, find out when you're supposed to use "I" or "me" in a given statement.
Know what a metaphor really is? It's not a simile, that's for sure. But where does the word come from, and what does it actually mean?
The incorrect usage of the ellipsis drives your reader away. It's irritating and frustrating to those who understand the purpose of ellipses. Best not to use it if you wish to retain your credibility.
The English language is full of words that sound alike but are written differently, or are spelled alike but pronounced differently, and which make you look silly when you mix them up. This article discusses why we shouldn't try to peak someone's interest, wet someone's appetite, say "Here comes the Calvary," drink expresso, or use affect as a noun outside of clinical psychology.
At some point in your life ... you did know the difference. ThePioneerWoman.com Let me begin this hub by stating a fact ... I am not an english major or an expert on the language. Let me also state another fact ... you don't have to be an expert to...
What's the secret behind writing crisp, clear, concise sentences? It's a lot easier than you think if you approach it in the right way.
Use these tips and tools for perfecting your editing and polishing your work. Learn how to proofread so your writing shines.
Top 10 Most Annoying Cliches - From meaningless contradictions to condescending insults, cliches can be unbearably irritating.
This is a comprehensive lesson on what a sentence is and the various types of sentences that we have in the English language.
The idea of "The Grammatical Person" refers to the viewpoint from which a piece of text is written. It's important to choose the correct pronoun so that one's writing makes sense and flows properly.
The Naughty Grammarian instructs on the finer points of English grammar and usage, points either never learned or long ago forgotten. This lesson is about homonyms.
Confused as to when you're supposed to use lay vs. lie? You're not alone. These two words have to be two of the more difficult ones to get correct all the time. Read this humorous hub to help you remember, and see if your brain has turned to Swiss cheese.
English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, with complex rules that have many exceptions. This article focuses on terms used to describe categories of word that share a common feature.
Good writing is at an all time low. As a result of the lack of teaching in schools, most people can no longer write a grammatical sentence. Here's why it matters.
The English language isn't always the easiest. In fact, there are some troublesome words that tend to haunt many people especially writers. Here are 34 that are commonly confused.
English teacher and author J. J. Murray examines, defines, deciphers, and illuminates 100 English words and phrases that have plagued writers for centuries—a must-read and ready reference for writers (and students) of all ages.
Are you struggling to improve your English writing skills? Here are some helpful tips that are all but guaranteed to make you a better writer.
Knowing how to use hyphens can be a challenge and often requires a little extra thought, even for the seasoned writer. Check yourself writing you wreck your writing with this hyphen-centric article.
The English language is a mixed bag of words, odd spelling rules, words that look alike, but sound different, sound alike but look different, and sound and look alike, but have different meanings!
A simple explanation of the difference between the two often-misused words "percent" and "percentage" and when you should and shouldn't use them.
A pun is a play on words designed to tickle and tease. But what's a paranomasia, and why should you care? Find out by reading the whole article.
Are you feeling a little peaked? Or maybe you are piqued or peeked? Or should it be pekid or peakèd? Would like to take a peak or peek or peep? Is that smell piquant, picante, or pungent?
How do I know when to use a comma and when to use a semicolon in a list? Let's take a look and dissect this grammatical questions!
Understanding the difference between affect and effect. Definitions and examples to use these often confused words correctly.
In this article, I explain the difference between revision, editing, and proofreading, and how each step helps to create a document that is worth reading.