Found 292 articles starting with C:

consonant

The word consonant refers to the phonetic sound produced by occluding with or without releasing (p, b; t, d; k, g), diverting (m, n, ng), or obstructing (f, v; s, z, etc.) the flow of air from the lungs. From grade school, you remember the v...

consummate - vocabulary

consummate - verb To bring to completion, to fulfill; to complete an arrangement or an undertaking, as in to consummate the deal; to complete a marital union through sexual intercourse....

contemptible, contemptuous - vocabulary

contemptible, contemptuous - adjective Contemptible: Worthy of scorn or disdain, despicable.Contemptuous: Showing or expressing contempt or...

continual - correct spelling

continual adjectiveNote: Many dictionaries advise writers to use continual when they mean “intermittent” and continuous when they mean “uninterrupted.” But the terms are use...

Continual vs. Continuous

The English language is full of words that are both similar in sound and similar in meaning. Many of these w...

continual, continuous

Both words can be used to describe an event that recurs regularly.Continual describes an event that begins and ends and begins again over a period of time.Continuous assumes that the...

continual, continuous - vocabulary

continual, continuous - adjective Continual: regular or frequent events or occurrences, as in continual trips to the doctor. A good synonym is intermittent...

continuous - correct spelling

continuous adjectiveNote: Many dictionaries advise writers to use continual when they mean “intermittent” and continuous when they mean “uninterrupted.” But the terms are us...

Continuous vs. Continual

The English language is full of words that are both similar in sound and similar in meaning. Many of these words are classified as homophones, but many ot...

contraction

A contraction shows the coming together of two or more words with intervening sounds (in speech) omitted or with intervening letters (in writing) omitted. Typically, the contraction brings together an auxiliary verb and ...

Contractions - Use in Formal Writing

Before we leave our general discussion of verbs, we should pause to contemplate contractions. You remember them, don’t you? There. I just used one: don’t. You form contractions by compressing two words into one. One of those words is ordinar...

contravene - vocabulary

contravene - verb To conflict with, to go against, to deny or oppose, as in He contravened his opponent’s position with an array of data; to violate or transgress, as in She contravened the e...

controlled - correct spelling

controlled verb (past tense and past participle of the verb control) and adjectiveExample: She ...

controversial - correct spelling

controversial adjectiveExample: The controversial speaker talked about conspiracies of the government....

controversy - correct spelling

controversy nounExample: The controversy over accounting practices prompted the SEC to investigate....

convenience - correct spelling

convenience nounExample: “It would be a convenience to all if these two pronouns [that and which] were used with precision.” —Str...

convenient - correct spelling

convenient adjectiveExample: His wife supported his convenient alibi: He was in bed at the time of the shooting....

conversation - correct spelling

conversation nounExample: We enjoyed our conversation on the front porch about matters of moment....

Convince vs. Persuade

English is full of confusing words. If you’re not dealing with a confusing set of homophones or homonyms, yo...

coolly - correct spelling

coolly adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discus...

coordinate adjective

Coordinate adjectives are two adjectives, of equal weight, modifying the same noun. Generally, you should separate the adjectives with a comma. A good test to use: Put the word and between the two...

coordinating conjunction

A coordinating conjunction joins elements in a series. Each element must perform the same grammatical function and appear in the same grammatical form. This is the rule of parallel construction.We have sev...

copulative verb

It's not what you think. Or hope.A copulative verb is a verb form that joins a subject to an adjective or to another noun. The verb...

corollary - vocabulary

corollary - noun A proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration. The corollary to Cheney's zealous embrace of secrecy is his near ...

corporal - correct spelling

corporal adjective and nounExample: The candidate approved of corporal punishment. adjective...

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