Found 93 articles starting with F:

facility - correct spelling

facility nounExample: This new facility will house the company’s IT department....

facsimile - correct spelling

facsimile noun, verb, and adjectiveNote: Now universally shortened to fax when referring to an electronic transmission of a document....

factory - correct spelling

factory nounExample: The glue factory emitted a strange odor....

fallacious - correct spelling

fallacious adjectiveExample: His argument was fallacious and failed to impress the judge....

fallacy - correct spelling

fallacy nounExample: His business plan was based on a fallacy and was doomed to failure....

familiar - correct spelling

familiar adjectiveExample: His overly familiar advances resulted in a suit for sexual harassment....

farther - correct spelling

farther adverb and adjectiveNote: Some usage guides insist that only farther describes physical distance (We walk...

farther, further

Some usage guides insist that only farther describes physical distance (We walked farther than we planned). But farther and further have been used...

farther, further - vocabulary

adjective, adverbFarther: the comparative form of the adjective and adverb f...

fascinate - correct spelling

fascinate verbExample: This movie will fascinate most audiences....

fascinating - correct spelling

fascinating adjective and verb (present participle of the verb fascinate)Example: The ...

fatigue - correct spelling

fatigue nounExample: His fatigue caused him to lose the race.Example: The soldier put on his ...

fatuous - vocabulary

adjectiveFoolish, inane, silly, especially in a self-satisfied way. I’m sick of the Powder Room. I’m sick of pretending that some fatuous male’s self-important pronouncements are the o...

Favor vs. Favour

Can you do me a favor and bring the grocery bags inside.Favor is awidely used word which can be spelled with or without the u. If you areconfused about when to use which favor a...

Favorite vs. Favourite

While reading or writing, do you ever pause upon favorite and wonder what the correct spellings of it are? His favorite restaurant is that small place in the suburbs. Or ...

Fawn vs. Faun

Homophones, literally "same sound" are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled. The similarity in the sounds of the homophones...

Fear of Using Pronouns

Pronominal PhobiaAs we conclude our discussion of the seven kinds of pronouns, I should pause to point out a problem with the writing styles of many people, particularly professionals. For some unknown reason,...

feasible - correct spelling

feasible adjectiveExample: This plan is simply not feasible....

feat - correct spelling

feat nounExample: The rescue was an extraordinary feat of courage....

February - correct spelling

February proper nounExample: I’ll meet you in Key West in February....

feel

Too many people use feel when they mean “think, believe, or maintain.” Consider this passage from Newsweek: She feels that crime prevention must start with helping ...

feet - correct spelling

feet nounExample: She warmed her feet by the fire....

fervor, fervid - vocabulary

nounFervor: great warmth or earnestness of feeling; intense heat.adjectiveFervid: intense, heated, or vehement in enthus...

fewer, less

Under the general rule, fewer should be used for plural nouns and things that can actually be counted while less is used for ...

fiancé, fiancée

A fiancé is male; a fiancée is female....

fiat - correct spelling

fiat nounExample: The government’s fiat ruined the small country’s economy....

Fiber vs. Fibre

Every fiber of her body was throbbing with pain after the crash. ...

fictitious - correct spelling

fictitious adjectiveExample: The fictitious numbers escaped the scrutiny of the accountants....

fiery - correct spelling

fiery adjectiveNot firey.Example: The fiery explosion melted the girders of the building....

finally - correct spelling

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

financial - correct spelling

financial adjectiveExample: His financial status enabled him to contribute a large sum for the new hospital....

financially - correct spelling

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

financier - correct spelling

financier nounExample: Her success as a financier attracted the attention of the media....

finite verb

A finite verb is a conjugated verb, which shows tense, person, number, and mood. The opposite of a finite verb is the ...

Finite Verb - Tense, Person, Number, Mood

A finite verb is just that: finite. It’s finite in time, as in present, past, future, and other time dimensions.Tense, What Is It?When we talk about time in relation to verbs, in grammarian parlance we are talking abo...

firstly, secondly, thirdly

You should use first, second, and third to show textual enumerations in your writing. Many authorities prefer first, not firstly...

Five Kinds of Verbs - An Overview

F. Scott Fitzgerald is quoted as saying, “All fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentence.”Let’s look back and make certain we all understand the five kinds of verbs. Broadly, we have two groups of main verbs, action and no-action,...

flabbergast - correct spelling

flabbergast verbNot flabberghast.Example: He wanted to flabbergast the guests with his rude behavior....

flaunt, flout

Flaunt means “to show off” or “to exhibit shamelessly.” Flout means “to show contempt for, to mock, to show disdain.” Unfortunately, perhaps because flaunt is commonly used...

flight - correct spelling

flight nounExample: Our flight leaves at 8:30 p.m....

flotation - correct spelling

flotation nounNot floatation.Example: The flotation of the rubber duck intrigued the baby girl....

flourish - correct spelling

flourish verbExample: With this education, she should flourish in her career....

Flout vs. Flaunt

He always flaunts about how he flout the rules every time. ...

fluorescent - correct spelling

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

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, 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....

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...

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...

fought - correct spelling

fought verb (past tense and past participle of the verb fight)Example: He fought ...

Four Principal Parts or Forms of Verbs

Drink, Drank, Drunk, DrinkingMain verbs appear in four different forms:1. infinitive 2. finite 3. present participle 4. past participleIn Miss Hamrick’s class, we learned the principal p...

fourteen - correct spelling

fourteen noun and adjectiveExample: At the age of fourteen, he drove his father’s truck. noun...

fourth - correct spelling

fourth adjectiveExample: In the fourth and final act, the king met his demise....

fourth, forth

Fourth is the one between third and fifth.Forth means “forward” or “onward.”Example: After their fourth year of college, most students will graduate...

fragment

A sentence fragment is a single word or a group of words that does not qualify as a complete grammatical sentence. It might be a dependent clause written as a complete sentence. Or it might simp...

frequent - correct spelling

frequent adjectiveExample: The bus makes frequent stops in the airport....

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friend - correct spelling

friend nounExample: His friend gave him emotional support in his time of need....

fright - correct spelling

fright nounExample: The audience could sense the fright in the upcoming scene....

frightening - correct spelling

frightening adjective and verb (present participle of the verb frighten)Example: The frightening plot transfixed ...

fuelling - correct spelling

fuelling verb (present participle of the verb fuel)Example: He was fuelling h...

Fuelling vs. Fueling

The mystery of the spellings of certain words causes a lot of confusion for beginners of English language as they are unable to distinguish between the two. Consider the following s...

Fulfil vs. Fulfill

Say you were asked to make a sentence with expectation and you wrote this: Getting an A on the test did not fulfil her expectations While proofreading it, did you pause at fu...

fulfill - correct spelling

fulfill verbExample: Their architectural plans must fulfill the expectations of the review board....

fundamental - correct spelling

fundamental adjective and nounExample: A free press is fundamental to a free society. adjective...

fundamentally - correct spelling

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

fungible - vocabulary

adjectiveUsually used to describe goods of a nature or kind that may be freely exchangeable or replaceable for others of like kind or nature. In finance, fungible assets refers to securities or commodities th...

further - correct spelling

further adverb, adjective, and verbNote: Some usage guides insist that only farther describes physical distance (We wal...

further to your letter

All writers should junk this expression.See enclosed please find, please find enclosed, encl...

Further vs. Farther

Further research is necessary. ...

furtive - vocabulary

adjectiveDone or taken or used surreptitiously, on the sly; shifty. We are a sad lot, the cell biologists. Like the furtive collectors of stolen art, we are forced to be lonely admirer...

fused participle

The great grammarian Henry Fowler coined the term fused participle. The structure consists of a noun or pronoun followed by a present participle, that is, an ‑i...

Fused Participle - Noun or Pronoun and -ing Phrase

Get ready for a can of worms, for we are about to discuss what Henry Fowler called fused participles.Compare these two sentences:1. She cannot tolerate a baby ...

Fused Participle - Solutions

Whenever you use a noun or pronoun followed by an ‑ing verb, you must figure out whether the issue of the fused participle even arises. Figure out what noun function you need in your sentence. Is it a direct object? An object of a prepositio...

future tense

The future tense shows actions or states of being that will occur in the future. Please note, however, that we can show futurity in other ways as well. The simple present tense can show futurity: The game begins tonig...

Future Tense - How to Form

When the activity you describe isn’t happening right now (present tense) and didn’t happen yesterday (past tense), perhaps it’ll take place tomorrow (future tense).Other Ways of Expressing FuturityIn English, we have ...

future-perfect progressive tense

There are six progressive tenses. Some grammarians refer to the progressive tense as the progressive aspect of a verb. The progressive tense shows an “ongoingness” of the action denoted by the verb.The progressive tense is formed by ...

future-perfect tense

The perfect tenses are formed by using the auxiliary verb to have and adding the past participle of the main verb. Thus, the future perfect is for...

future-progressive tense

There are six progressive tenses. Some grammarians refer to the progressive tense as the progressive aspect of a verb. The progressive tense shows an “ongoingness” of the action denoted by the verb.The progressive tense is formed by ...

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