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A Final Summary of Verbs

Summary of VerbsVerbs fulfill five functions in our language. In their conjugated form, they enable us to form clauses, either as complete sentences or as dependent clauses. They also appear as infinitives (to verbs)...

A General Summary of Nouns

At this stage, we are still just exploring the eight parts of speech. The first is the noun. Above, we learned that nouns serve to name things, people, places, ideas, feelings, and other abstractions. One way to test a word to see if it’s acting as a...

a lot - correct spelling

a lot noun Not alot, which is simply not a word. You wouldn't climb atree, would you? Example: He took a lot of pictures...

A lot vs. allot

Karl needed a lot of time for the job. He allotted three breaks a day to everyone in the department....

A Summary of Adjectives

In this section, we introduced ourselves to the adjective, which comes in a one-word form that either precedes or follows the noun it modifies.When the adjective precedes the noun, it’s in the attributive position.When it follows the ...

A Summary of Adverbs

In this section, we met the last of the working words, the adverb. We have visited the noun, the verb, the adjective, and now the adverb.We learned that adverbs come in a variety of sizes: one-word adverbs, multiword phrases, and multiword cl...

A Summary of Conjunctions

We have three kinds of conjunctions:1. coordinating 2. correlative 3. subordinatingWe have seen that coordinating and correlative conjunctions join two or three or four or more clau...

A Summary of Prepositions

In this section, we learned all about the preposition, whose primary role in life is to stick nouns on sentences. We met three basic kinds: simple, marginal, and compound. We learned that skilled writers don’t use too many compound prepositions like ...

A Summary of Pronouns

We have seven types of pronouns: (1) personal, (2) reflexive and intensive, (3) indefinite, (4) demonstrative, (5) relative, (6) interrogative, and (7) reciprocal.You must commit to memory some of the basic rules governing the correct use of ...

A Summary of the 10 Functions of Nouns

Here they are again—the 10 functions of nouns.1. Subjects of Sentences The professor, John Smith, is the noun expert, so yesterday he gave the class his views on the importance of learning to ...

A Summary of Verbs

We’re going to return to verbs in more detail below, but now let’s summarize what you’ve learned. For right now, you need to remember that all verbs break down into five groups.A Summary of Verbs Verb...

A while vs. Awhile

It can be difficult to remember the difference between awhile and a while. They are awfully close in their appearance—separated by just one tiny space. Plus, you don’t really have conversational clues to aid you because they soun...

a while, awhile

Awhile is an adverb that will most commonly follow a verb. (Could you wait awhile?)A while i...

a while, awhile - correct spelling

a while, awhile nounNot awhile, which is an adverb.Example: Wait here for a while. The expression a whil...

A Word About "Nor"

Nor After NegativesThe conjunction nor can serve either as a coordinating conjunction or as part of the correlative conjunction neither . . . nor. As a coordinating conjunction, it can join a comple...

a, an

Writers sometimes confuse the use of the articles a and an. We were all taught that a precedes a word starting with a consonant ...

abase - vocabulary

abase - verb To deprive of esteem, to diminish a person’s self-worth or effectiveness; to degrade or demean; to humble, humiliate, mortify; to bring low, take down a peg. When ...

abeyance - vocabulary

abeyance - noun A state of suspension or temporary inaction; the condition of being temporarily set aside or held in suspension, as in They held the program in abeyance. In law, a co...

ability - correct spelling

ability nounExample: Her ability as a leader impressed us. ...

abject - vocabulary

abject - adjective Sunk to a low condition, miserable, degraded, without self-respect, of the lowest kind.Note: Often used in the cliché, abject poverty...

abjure - vocabulary

abjure - verb To recant; to repudiate under oath; to disavow a stance previously written or said; to renounce irrevocably. 2. Resolved, That we the citizens of Meckle...

abominate - vocabulary

abominate - verb To dislike strongly; to regard with loathing; to execrate. Now is as good a time as ever to revisit the history of the Crusades, or the sorry history of parti...

abrogate - vocabulary

abrogate - verb To abolish by official means; to annul by an authoritative act; to repeal, as in to abrogate a law; to put an end to. The new crusade to render socialism irrevocab...

absence - correct spelling

absence nounExample: Absence makes the heart grow fonder....

absent - correct spelling

absent correct spelling of absent adjectiveExample: The absent board member submitted her proxy....

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