Found 163 articles starting with E:

E.g. vs. I.e.

I.e. and e.g. are two different abbreviations that many writers get confused, but, once you understand what ...

e.g., i.e.

Both abbreviations are actually for Latin, not English words.Id est (i.e.) is Latin for “that is.”Exempli gratia (e.g.) is the Latin “for example.”If the ph...

Eager vs. Anxious

There are many ways to enrich your writing. One of the easiest ways is by using adjectives. Adjectives ...

earnest - correct spelling

earnest adjective and nounExample: The earnest young worker received a Christmas bonus. adjective...

easily - correct spelling

easily adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here ...

easy - correct spelling

easy adjectiveExample: Learning how to spell is easy.Example: Now we’re on ...

Eatable vs. Edible

Say you’re about to sit down and eat a meal with your family; what’s the best way to describe the food sitti...

ebullient - vocabulary

ebullient - adjective Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling; excited; high-spirited. The world was kept informed of Pavarotti's joie de vivre, his ebullient flirtatio...

eccentric - vocabulary

eccentric - noun One who goes his own way and cares little about the norm.adjectiveDeviating from customary or recognized character; erratic; odd; peculiar. An insi...

ecstasy - correct spelling

ecstasy nounExample: His ecstasy caused him to shout with glee....

ecstatic - correct spelling

ecstatic adjectiveExample: After the thrilling performance, the audience was ecstatic....

education - correct spelling

education nounExample: He wanted to further his education by attending night school....

Education vs. Experience: Where to Place What, Where on Your Resume

By Dave Landry Jr When it comes to deciding if you should place education before experience or vice versa on your...

efface - vocabulary

efface - verb To wipe out, do away with, obliterate, expunge, as in She effaced her most dreadful memories.Note: The related terms self-effacement and self-effacing mean...

effect - correct spelling

effect noun and verbNot affect (which is usually a verb, but sometimes a noun). For a discussion of affect vs. effect...

Effective vs. Affective

There are a lot of English words that have similar meanings to one another, making it difficult to tell them...

effete - vocabulary

effete - adjective Lacking in wholesome vigor, degenerate, decadent; exhausted of energy or support, worn out. A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps o...

efficacious - vocabulary

efficacious - adjective Capable of having the desired result; effective as a method, means, or remedy.Note: The noun form efficacy means effectiveness. For exampl...

Efficacy vs. Efficiency

The English language has a lot of similar words amongst its ranks. But while many of these words may be simi...

efficiency - correct spelling

efficiency nounExample: The new computer system increased the company’s efficiency....

efficient - correct spelling

efficient adjectiveExample: The efficient workers increased the company’s productivity....

effrontery - vocabulary

effrontery - noun Unblushing impudence or boldness; barefaced audacity; “nerve.”Note: Do not confuse the noun effrontery with the verb and ...

Egg on Your Face

This Grammar eBook explores the most prevalent grammatical mistakes people make. Each mistake is thoroughly discussed and illustrated with examples in the media and on the Internet.Here's a list of The Top 25 Grammatical Mistakes...

egoism, egotism - vocabulary

egoism, egotism - noun Egoism: a philosophical doctrine that morality has its foundations in self-interest.Egotism: an excessive preoccupation with self. ...

egregious - vocabulary

egregious - adjective Extraordinary in a bad way, glaring, flagrant, as in an egregious violation of the law. On Jan. 31, 1996, the city ordered the tenants of a Harlem brownstone to move out...

eight - correct spelling

eight nounExample: She loved her eight grandchildren....

eighth - correct spelling

eighth adjective and nounExample: This was the eighth time he won the lottery. adjective...

either - correct spelling

either adjective, adverb, pronoun, and correlative conjunctionExample: You may sit on ...

Either vs. Neither

Despite being just a single letter apart from each other, the two words either vs. neither have completely o...

Elicit vs. Illicit

Some homophones, similar-sounding words that don’t mean the same thing, are harmless. But elicit and illicit...

elicit, illicit

Elicit is a verb that means “to draw out.”Illicit is an adjective describing unlawful or underhanded behavior or a...

elicit, illicit - vocabulary

Elicit: verb, to draw out, to bring forth, to call forth or provoke.Illicit: adjective, not legally perm...

eligibility - correct spelling

eligibility nounExample: He increased his eligibility for the loan by taking on two jobs....

eligible - correct spelling

eligible adjective and nounExample: He stands out among the eligible candidates as the one likely to win. ...

eliminate - correct spelling

eliminate verbExample: We should eliminate him from the list of prospects....

elliptical clause

A useful power structure is the elliptical clause, also called a truncated clause. The structure consists of a subordinating conjunction (if, though, although, when, while, and many ...

elliptical expression

An elliptical expression is a group of words with certain understood words omitted. Good writers routinely use elliptical expressions. You may punctuate elliptical expressions in two ways: (1) begin the expression with a semicolon, and then insert a ...

elucidate - vocabulary

verbTo bring out more clearly the facts concerning; to make lucid or clear. The chief element in the art of statesmanship under modern conditions is the ability to elucidate the confused an...

elude, allude - vocabulary

verbElude: to evade the search or pursuit of by dexterity or artifice; to escape capture. Also, to escape the understanding of, as in The answer eluded me.Allude:...

Em Dashes - No Spaces

No spaces come before and after the dash. The dash—a most effective punctuation mark—halts readers in their tracks.  Previous: En and Em Dashes ...

emaciate - vocabulary

verbTo waste away in flesh, to make abnormally lean. Often used as a verbal adjective, as in After his diet, he looked emaciated. It never entered his head to analyse the d...

email - correct spelling

email noun and verbNote: Spelled email, e-mail, and E-mail. By using email and omitting the hyphen, you will avoid having the word wrap at t...

email, e-mail, E-mail

Here’s a usage note from Dictionary.com: The transition from World Wide Web site to Web site to website as a single uncapitalized word mirrors the dev...

emanate - vocabulary

verbTo flow out of, to proceed, as from a source, as in The light emanated from the lamp. As the struggle proceeded for making the ruling power emanate from the periodical choice o...

embarrass - correct spelling

embarrass verbSpell with two "r's" and two "s's."Example: He tried to embarrass her in front of her coworkers....

embarrassment - correct spelling

embarrassment nounExample: His offensive behavior was an embarrassment to the hosts....

Embed vs. Imbed

English is rife with words that are spelled almost the same but mean completely different things. Much less ...

embezzle - correct spelling

embezzle verbExample: He tried to embezzle funds from the charity....

embezzler - correct spelling

embezzler nounExample: The embezzler skipped town with $100,000 of the charity’s money. ...

emergency - correct spelling

emergency nounExample: The governor declared a state of emergency....

emigrate, immigrate - vocabulary

verbEmigrate: to move out of a country.Immigrate: to come into a country.nounEmigration: th...

Eminent vs. Imminent

English has many pitfalls for beginning and experienced writers alike, not the least of which is the presenc...

eminent, imminent

Eminent means “prominent” or “great.”Something is imminent if it is “impending” or “about to occur.”Example: The spectators rose to their feet as the eminent...

eminent, imminent - vocabulary

adjectiveEminent: high in station or rank, prominent, distinguished; prominent; conspicuous. To show the highest in stature, use preeminent (no hyphen).In law, the power of ...

Empathic vs. Empathetic

The English language has evolved over the centuries. ...

empathy, sympathy

To feel empathy means "to understand another’s feelings or situation." When you feel empathy for others, you “stand in their shoes” and feel what they’re feeling.If you show symp...

emperor - correct spelling

emperor nounExample: Julius Caesar was emperor of Rome and died on March 15 in 44 B.C. when he was murdered by a group led by Cassius and Brutus....

emphasis - correct spelling

emphasis nounExample: His emphasis on perfection motivated his staff....

Emphasise vs. Emphasize

Throughout your writing career, you will need to highlight important points and focus on the most salient aspects of the topic of your writing. Strong writing emphasizes important things and spends less time on less important thi...

emphasize - correct spelling

emphasize verbExample: We should emphasize the importance of this project....

Emphasize vs. Emphasise

Throughout your writing career, you will need to highlight important points and focus on the most salient aspects of the topic of your writing. Stron...

emulate - vocabulary

verbTo imitate with the intent to equal or surpass. Gentlemen, I had hoped you might emulate your Saxon forefathers, who thought it not creditable to be unprepared for anything....

En and Em Dashes

Types of DashesThere are several kinds of dashes, differing from one another in length. There are en dashes (short), em dashes (medium), and 2‑ and 3‑em dashes (long). The term em dash is a printer's term meaning the...

Encase vs. Incase

If you have done any significant amount of reading in English, you will notice that some verbs involving placing things in...

enclosed please find, please find enclosed, enclosed herewith

Boot out all these expressions from your language. In the words of Bryan Garner, they are “archaic deadwood.” Garner, Oxford, p. 124.Instead, try these on for size: Here are the reports you wanted. I enclose ...

Enclosed vs. Inclosed

It would make all of our lives simpler if words had one universal, mutually agreed-upon spelling that never ...

enclosure - correct spelling

enclosure nounExample: The enclosure in his back yard protected his neighbors from his pit bull....

encouragement - correct spelling

encouragement nounExample: Her mother’s encouragement led to her success as an opera star....

encouraging - correct spelling

encouraging verb (present participle of the verb encourage) and adjectiveExample: She was ...

endeavor - correct spelling

endeavor noun and verbExample: His endeavor to become a doctor began in college. nounExampl...

Endeavor vs. Endeavour

History is replete with heroes and would-be heroes going to extraordinary lengths to achieve lofty goals. Many of them did...

endemic - vocabulary

adjectiveCharacteristic of or natural to a particular place or people; indigenous; native; belonging exclusively to or confined to particular place. Dr. Hooker has recently shown that in the S.E. corne...

Endemic vs. Epidemic

If you are a researcher for the World Health Organization, you will need to know how to describe the various diseases and ...

Ending a Sentence

Spaces Following a PeriodIn word-processed documents, two spaces traditionally follow a sentence-ending period. In documents destined for typesetting, however, ordinarily only one space appears after sentence-ending punctuati...

Ending a Sentence or Clause with a Preposition

Yet Another MythHere we have another myth, which I briefly mentioned in the section on prepositions:Never end a sentence or clause with a preposition. Actually, a sound rule would urge you to ...

enemy - correct spelling

enemy nounExample: The new enemy was the powerful drug lords....

enervate - vocabulary

verbTo render ineffective or inoperative; to deprive of strength or force; to weaken.Note: Do not confuse enervate with invigorate. The two words...

engineer - correct spelling

engineer noun and verbExample: He worked as an electrical engineer for IBM. nounExample: ...

English - correct spelling

English proper noun and adjectiveExample: The English love their pubs. proper nounExam...

enhance - vocabulary

verbTo intensify, to raise to a higher degree, to magnify; to raise the value of. Baseball, he determined, would be an excellent hobby. “No sense a man’s working his fool head off. I’m going out to the Game...

enigma - vocabulary

nounAn inexplicable occurrence or situation, puzzling; a person of puzzling character; a question, saying, or picture with a hidden meaning, a riddle. I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a ...

enmity - vocabulary

nounA feeling or condition of animosity, hatred, ill will. Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship....

ennoble - vocabulary

verbTo dignify, to elevate in degree or respect; to exalt; to confer nobility upon. [S]uffering does not ennoble. It destroys. To resist destruction, self-hatred, or lifelong hopelessness, ...

enormity, enormousness - vocabulary

nounEnormity: outrageous or heinous character; largeness of size, immensity.Enormousness: largeness of size or scope.Note: Use enormo...

enormous - correct spelling

enormous adjectiveGrammar.com's section on Problem Words discusses enormousness and enormity. Click h...

enormousness, enormity

These words may both be used to describe something that is “very large.” But enormity has recently begun to take on strongly negative connotations. Enormity implies that something is both “...

enough - correct spelling

enough adjective, adverb, pronoun, and interjectionExample: She has enough...

Enquire vs. Inquire

She inquired about the library charges...

Enquiry vs. Inquiry

There are so many words in English that are either so similar to each other in spelling and pronunciation or their meanings are so close to each other that it’s almost impossible to tell them apart. This is the case with inquiry ...

Enrol vs. Enroll

Enrol vs. Enroll...

ensure, insure, assure

Most writers use these words interchangeably.But there are some differences. For example, assure is used only in reference to people. You assure your boss. If you insure...

entirely - correct spelling

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

Entitled vs. Titled

There is a lot of information floating around about these two words. Are they both the same? Is one wrong to use? Is one m...

entrance - correct spelling

entrance noun and verbExample: The new owners installed spotlights to shine on the entrance to their house. nou...

entrepreneur - correct spelling

entrepreneur nounExample: The entrepreneur started many new businesses before one finally succeeded....

envelop - correct spelling

envelop verbNot envelope (which is a noun).Example: He wanted to ...

Envelop vs. Envelope

He tore open the envelope as he was enveloped in anguish. ...

envelope - correct spelling

envelope nounNot envelop (which is a verb).Example: He put the check in the ...

environment - correct spelling

environment nounExample: The exhaust from the huge trucks harms the environment....

Envision vs. Invision

As languages evolve, spelling conventions change and some words that used to be correct become mistakes. Most writers no l...

epiphany - vocabulary

nounA sudden appearance or bodily manifestation of a deity; a sudden, intuitive perception of the essential meaning or significance of something, usually initiated by a commonplace occurrence.Note:...

epithet - vocabulary

nounAny word or phrase applied to a person or thing and used to describe an actual or attributed quality, as in The Great Communicator used to describe Ronald Reagan or man’s best friend used to describe ...

epitome - vocabulary

nounA person or thing that is typical of or represents to a high degree the attributes of an entire class; a summary or abstract of a larger literary work.Note: The word epitome does not m...

equable, equitable

The word equable means “even, tranquil, level.” The word equitable derives from equity and means “fair, just, or relating to a court of equity.”Example: ...

equanimity - vocabulary

nounEmotional or mental stability or composure, especially when tensed or strained; calm. We could not help contrasting the equanimity of Nature with the bustle and impatience of man. His w...

equipment - correct spelling

equipment nounExample: He bought all new computer equipment....

equipped - correct spelling

equipped verb (past tense and past participle of the verb equip)Example: They equipped...

equity - vocabulary

nounCharacterized by fairness. In law, the term courts of equity refers to a parallel system of courts in England and, later, the United States, that could give remedies deemed inadequate in courts of law...

equivalent - correct spelling

equivalent adjective and nounExample: His new TV was equivalent to mine. adjective...

equivocal - vocabulary

verbEquivocate: To hedge, to utter ambiguous statements, to use unclear expressions.adjectiveEquivocal: Ambiguous, open to more than one i...

err - correct spelling

err verbExample: “To err is human, to forgive divine.” *Example: We will err...

erudition, erudite - vocabulary

nounErudition: deep, extensive knowledge and learning.adjectiveErudite: characterized by great knowledge and learning. ...

eschew - vocabulary

verbTo stay away from, to avoid, to abstain from. Revelry rules the roost on New Year's Eve, but there are those who value fine dining more than noise-making. Many of Long Island's best restaurants are plan...

especially - correct spelling

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

essential - correct spelling

essential adjective and nounExample: The ability to write is essential to your success. adjective...

estimable - vocabulary

adjectiveWorthy of respect, deserving esteem and admiration. But this is truly a wonderful occasion, the culmination of years of hard work and remarkable generosity, and all of which was due to the goo...

Ethics vs. Morals

In...

Eulogy vs. Elegy

The English language is full of confusing words that mix up writers and speakers alike, and most of this con...

euphemism - vocabulary

nounA figure of speech by which a less offensive phrase is substituted to convey a harsh thought. For example, pass away is a euphemism for die. Euphemisms abound...

evening - correct spelling

evening nounExample: They sat on their front porch every evening....

everyday, every day

Everyday is an adjective used to describe things that are “common” or “ordinary.”Every day describes things that happen daily; it’s a ...

evident - correct spelling

evident adjectiveExample: His red face made his anger evident to all....

evince - vocabulary

verbTo make manifest or evident; to show clearly, to prove; to reveal the possession of a quality or trait. Presidents and prime ministers everywhere, I suspect, sometimes wonder how history will deal with ...

evoke - vocabulary

verbTo call up or summon forth memories or feelings; to elicit, draw forth; to summon. Railroad iron is a magician’s rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water....

Evoke vs. Invoke

While these two words aren’t quite homophones or homonyms, they still sound similar enough to cause some con...

ewe - correct spelling

ewe nounExample: My grandchildren love to look at the ewe and the baby lambs....

exaggerate - correct spelling

exaggerate verbExample: He always seems to exaggerate his abilities and successes....

exaggeration - correct spelling

exaggeration nounExample: The candidate’s promises were a complete exaggeration of the truth....

examine - correct spelling

examine verbExample: The doctor planned to examine the patient carefully....

Examples of Nondangling Participles

Check out these examples. Notice that the introductory adjective points directly to the grammatical subject: Enacted in 1964, the Civil Rights Act transferred power to the federal gov...

exceed - correct spelling

exceed verbExample: The results will exceed our expectations....

Exceed vs. Accede

Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds. ...

excellence - correct spelling

excellence nounExample: The supervisor insisted on excellence from all her staff....

excellent - correct spelling

excellent adjectiveExample: These excellent results will impress the voters....

except - correct spelling

except preposition, subordinating conjunction, and verbGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses except and accept. ...

exceptional - correct spelling

exceptional adjectiveExample: Her exceptional children received full academic scholarships....

Exclamation Point Goes Inside

Sometimes the exclamation point goes inside the closing quotations marks. The man cried out: "Fire! There's a fire! Call 911!" (Exclamation point that's part of the quotation goes inside. Notice that no additional pun...

Exclamation Point Goes Outside

Sometimes the exclamation point goes outside the closing quotations marks. When 911 took the call, the operator said, "I'm on a break now"! (Exclamation point showing the writer's exclamation goes outside the ending q...

execrable - vocabulary

adjectiveAbominable, detestable, abhorrent; very bad. But is an enemy so execrable that though in captivity his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not....

exercise - correct spelling

exercise noun and verbNot excercise.Example: His lack of exercise caused him to gain weight. n...

exhaust - correct spelling

exhaust noun and verbExample: The car’s exhaust fouled the air. nounExample: We wi...

exhausted - correct spelling

exhausted adjective and verb (past tense and past participle of the verb exhaust)Example: He was ...

exhaustion - correct spelling

exhaustion nounExample: The athlete’s exhaustion caused him to faint....

exhilarate - correct spelling

exhilarate verbExample: The enthusiastic speaker will exhilarate the crowd....

exhilaration - correct spelling

exhilaration nounExample: The spectators applauded with exhilaration....

existence - correct spelling

existence nounNot existance.Example: They worked for a better existence....

existent - correct spelling

existent adjectiveExample: He searched for any existent errors in the document....

exorbitant - correct spelling

exorbitant adjectiveExample: The exorbitant fees prompted us to find a new accountant....

expense - correct spelling

expense noun and verbExample: The cost of his computer was a legitimate business expense. noun...

experience - correct spelling

experience nounExample: She lacks the necessary experience for the position....

experiment - correct spelling

experiment noun and verbExample: The experiment proved the force of gravity. nounExample: ...

expiate - vocabulary

verbTo atone for, to make amends for, as in to expiate his crimes. “Dolly!” he said, sobbing now; “for mercy's sake, think of the children; they are not to blame! I am to blame, and punish me, make...

explanation - correct spelling

explanation nounExample: He has no adequate explanation for the company’s loss....

explicate - vocabulary

verbTo make clear or plain; to explain, interpret; to develop a theory or principle. "This book is about life as it is interpreted by books," Edward Mendelson begins. He takes as his subjects Birth, Childho...

Explicit vs. Implicit

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explicit, implicit

The word explicit means “fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied.” It also means “readily observable,” as in an explicit sign of success. And, of course, explicit...

Expresso vs. Espresso

Coffee lovers have a special relationship with a certain type of concentrated, highly caffeinated coffee cal...

extenuate - vocabulary

verbTo diminish the gravity or importance of an offense, fault, or crime; to underestimate, make light of, underrate.Note: The present parti...

Extortion vs. Blackmail

Do...

extreme - correct spelling

extreme adjectiveExample: He answered the door with extreme hostility....

extremely - correct spelling

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

extricate - vocabulary

verbTo release or free from entanglement, to disengage, usually from a situation. Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the rav...

exuberance - correct spelling

exuberance adjectiveExample: “But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to un...

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