Found 268 articles starting with A:

American - correct spelling

American proper noun (always capitalized) and adjective (always capitalized).Example: Though a native of Mexico, she admired the ...

Amiable vs. Amicable

There exists words in English language that appear to be closely related to each other hence people believe that their meanings if not exactly the same, are very much similar to each other. That is most often not the case, and it...

among - correct spelling

among prepositionExample: Relax. You’re among friends.For a discussion of the Problem Words among and between, ...

Among vs. Amongst

The words among and amongst can cause a bit of confusion in people’s writing because not many of us are sure when to use which one. Are they just variations of the same word? Do they have different meanings? Do they have differen...

among, between

Entire chapters in grammar books have been devoted to this pair of words.Both words are prepositions.Some assert that between is used only when referring to two...

amount - correct spelling

amount noun and verbExample: The federal deficit is a staggering amount. nounExample: ...

Amount vs. Number

Some nouns can be counted individually. A person could count the crayons in a box, the eggs in a carton, or the people on a train. These are called count nouns. Other nouns can’t be counted individually. A person could not count ...

Amplify, Explain, or Digress

Use parentheses to enclose material that amplifies, explains, or digresses from the central message in the sentence: The disagreement between the president and the treasurer (they had fought over the issue a n...

Amuse vs. Bemuse

You may be confused by the words amused and bemused. They sound so much the same but mean something completely different. This could bemuse some and amuse others. Don’t let it befuddle you because it’s really quite funny. Worry n...

anachronism - vocabulary

anachronism - noun Anything or anyone not in the correct historical or chronological time; an error in the assignment of a date or time to a person, thing, or event, as in To describe Mozart in the 19...

analysis - correct spelling

analysis nounThe plural is analyses.Example: The board paid attention to our analysis of the...

analyze - correct spelling

analyze verbExample: You must analyze all options. ...

Analyze vs. Analyse

The disparity of standardization between American and British English has left many common words with multiple accepted spellings. In most cases, one form is standard in American En...

anathema - vocabulary

anathema -noun A person or thing loathed, hated, or detested; a curse or execration, as in This topic is anathema to him.Note: The plural is anathemas. ...

and

Don’t hesitate to start a sentence with And. It’s a coordinating conjunction, and great writers have been st...

anecdote, antidote

An anecdote is a short story or humorous tale. An antidote is a remedy that counteracts a poison or relieves an ailment.Example: His funny anecdotes provide...

anecdote, antidote - vocabulary

anecdote, antidote anecdote - noun A brief account of an interesting or even amusing event or incident. When the ladies removed after dinner Elizabeth ran up to her sister, and se...

angel - correct spelling

angel nounNot angle.Example: An angel watches over the small baby at night....

angle - correct spelling

angle noun and verbNot angel.Example: He parked at an angle...

annual - correct spelling

annual adjectiveExample: We need to study General Motors’ annual report....

anoint - correct spelling

anoint verbExample: The nurse tried to anoint the patient’s sores with a cream. ...

another - correct spelling

another pronoun and adjectiveExample: The beer was flat, so he opened another. pronoun...

answer - correct spelling

answer noun and verbExample: Please send me your answer soon. nounExample: She had...

antecedent

A pronoun takes the place of a noun. When writing, you'll use a pronoun and that pronoun will refer to some noun close by. That noun (the referent) is called the antecedent. The prefix ante...

Antecedents - Number and Gender

Pronoun AgreementYou must use a plural pronoun to refer to a plural noun, a singular pronoun to refer to a singular noun. This rule is called agreement in number. Thus: The young women...

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