Found 106 articles starting with F:

fluorescent - correct spelling

fluorescent adjectiveExample: The fluorescent light burned for hours....

Flush out vs. Flesh out

Here we have two popular phrases that get confused with each other every now and then, mostly among speakers. But, anticipating that this confusion might someday make its way into people’s writing, I want to take the time to write a preemptive post d...

Flyer vs. Flier

There is a lot of confusion about these two words, partly because there isn’t much consensus on how to use t...

foible - vocabulary

nounA minor failing or weakness of character; slight defect or flaw. It is the foible especially of American youth,—pretension. The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He...

for

Don’t hesitate to start a sentence with For. It’s a coordinating conjunction, and great writers have been starting sentences with conjunctions for hun...

forcibly - correct spelling

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

forego - correct spelling

forego verbNot forgo.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses forgo and forego. ...

Forego vs. Forgo

There are countless words in the English language that confuse people on a daily basis. Many of these words sound alike, many are spelled alike, and many have definitions that are so similar it’s difficult to tell them apart. Despite sounding identic...

forego, forgo - vocabulary

verbForego: to go before, precede. The past tense is forewent, the past participle foregone.Forgo...

forehead - correct spelling

forehead nounExample: The baseball hit him on the forehead....

foreign - correct spelling

foreign adjectiveExample: The foreign nationals were eager to learn English....

foresee - correct spelling

foresee verbExample: He failed to foresee the competition in the marketplace....

Foreword vs. Forward

When two words sound alike, but are not spelled the same and do not mean the same things, they are called homophones. There are many of these words in English.It’s easy to confuse two homophones in writing—after all, they are pronounced the same, so ...

forfeit - correct spelling

forfeit verbExample: This act will cause him to forfeit the deposit....

forgo - correct spelling

forgo verbNot forego.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses forgo and forego. ...

forgo, forego

Forgo means “to abstain from” or “to relinquish something.”Forego means “to go before.” (Note the prefix fore-, as in before).Writers often confuse the two, usually...

formal - correct spelling

formal adjective and nounExample: The formal dance attracted most of the high-school class. adjective...

former - correct spelling

former adjectiveExample: The former mayor then decided to run for Congress....

former, latter

You should restrict your use of former and latter to those situations where just two referents are involved. The former is the first one; the latter...

formerly - correct spelling

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

formerly, formally

Formerly means “at an earlier time.”Formally means “proper“ or “with official authorization.”Example: Having formerly run the operation as the inter...

Forming the Subjunctive Mood

The English language provides another mood, the subjunctive mood. It was used far more frequently in the olden days. In modern times, we use it mainly to show:1. situations contrary to fact 2. wishes 3. suppositions 4. commands 5. suggestions...

Forth vs. Fourth

English spelling can be a difficult concept to grasp. There are some words which are spelled differently dep...

fortunate - correct spelling

fortunate adjective and nounExample: He made a fortunate investment at just the right time. adjective...

forty - correct spelling

forty noun, proper noun, and adjectiveExample: He retired at forty. noun...

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