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Antecedents - Placement of Pronouns

Before we discuss the other types of pronouns, let’s pause and discuss the concept of pronoun antecedents.When you use a pronoun, it will typically refer to a word somewhere close by. That is, the noun the pronoun replaces sits somewhere in t...

antediluvian - vocabulary

antediluvian - adjective Of or pertaining to the times, things, events before the great flood in the days of Noah; something old-fashioned, antiquated, out-of-date. “And is it true th...

antiseptic - correct spelling

antiseptic noun and adjectiveExample: To heal the abrasion, the doctor applied an antiseptic. noun...

anxious - correct spelling

anxious adjectiveNote: In formal settings, refrain from using anxious to mean eager.Example: The anxious...

Anyone vs. Any one

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between anyone and any one? Consider the sentences bel...

apartment - correct spelling

apartment nounExample: She rented an expensive apartment in Manhattan....

aphorism - vocabulary

aphorism - noun A terse saying that embodies a general truth, as in (with apologies to Lord Acton) Power corrupts and Power Point corrupts absolutely.Note: In The World in a Phrase...

apologize - correct spelling

apologize verbExample: He should apologize to the voters....

Apologize vs. Apologise

If the athlete wants to rejoin the team, he must apologise for his poor attitude. ...

apology - correct spelling

apology nounExample: He offered his apology for his failure to increase sales....

apostasy, apostate - vocabulary

apostasy, apostate - noun Apostasy: a total departure from one’s religious, political, or personal beliefs and principles.Apostate: a person who...

Apostrophes Form a Narrow Class of Plurals

Use "apostrophe ‑s" to form plurals only when absolutely necessary. Use just an ‑s (or ‑es) to form the plurals of dates, acronyms, and families: She longed for the 1960s. The inves...

Apostrophes Form Contractions

Use the apostrophe to form contractions. Though contractions rarely show up in formal writing, a well-placed one now and then can have a positive effect. I use them all the time (you've probably noticed): can't won't ...

apparatus - correct spelling

apparatus nounPlural, either apparatus or apparatuses.Example: The apparatus of government in that country has totally br...

apparent - correct spelling

apparent adjectiveExample: She was fired for no apparent reason....

appear - correct spelling

appear verbExample: A new flu strain will appear next winter....

appearance - correct spelling

appearance nounExample: The attorney plans to make an appearance in the case....

appetite - correct spelling

appetite nounExample: The escargot should whet your appetite....

application - correct spelling

application nounExample: She submitted her application to college....

apply - correct spelling

apply verbExample: She must apply for a college loan....

apposite - vocabulary

apposite - adjective Appropriate, well-suited, apt, relevant, suitable. The opposite is inapposite, often used by lawyers to put down opponents’ arguments. Like most writers,...

appositive

An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that defines or restates another noun (or pronoun). Generally, the appositive follows the word it defines, as in My friend, Susan...

Appraise vs. Apprise

Keep me apprised...

appraise, apprise

Appraise means “to evaluate or estimate the value of something.”Apprise means “to give notice” or “to inform.”Example: After he appraised the house,...

appreciate - correct spelling

appreciate verbExample: Surely you can appreciate the gravity of the situation.Example: The art collection will ...

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