Found 74 articles starting with H:

hackney - vocabulary

verbTo make stale or trite by frequent use or repetition.Note: As a noun, hackney means a carriage or coach for hire. As a proper noun, Hackney...

halcyon - vocabulary

adjectiveCalm, peaceful, as in halcyon weather; rich, wealthy, as in halcyon days of peace; happy, carefree, as in the halcyon days of our youth. It was a halcyon...

half - correct spelling

half - noun, adjective, and adverb  Example: She ordered only a half. noun...

hammer - correct spelling

hammer - noun and verb  Example: “If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the mo...

handful, handfuls

The proper plural is handfuls, not handsful.Consider this usage note from Dictionary.com. The plurals of nouns ending...

handfuls - correct spelling

handfuls - noun  The preferred spelling is handfuls.Example: He gave the poor man several handfuls of coins.Consider ...

handkerchief - correct spelling

handkerchief - noun  Not hankerchief.Example: She always used her handkerchief when she sneezed....

Hands on vs. Hands-on

Short English phrases often begin as separate words, before eventually becoming hyphenated compounds, and fi...

handsful - incorrect spelling

handsful  See handfuls....

Hanged vs. Hung

There is a good amount of confusion surrounding the verb hang and its various tenses. Is hanged or hung corr...

Hanged vs. Hung

The traitor was hanged for treason. ...

hanged, hung

Both hanged and hung are past-participial and past-tense forms of the ...

happily - correct spelling

happily - adverb  Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for t...

happiness - correct spelling

happiness - noun  Example: “Money can’t buy happiness.” ** "Money can buy material things, but real happiness must be truly earned.” N...

harass - correct spelling

harass - verb  Not harrass.Example: These annual fundraisers will harass the listeners again....

harass - vocabulary

verbTo bother continually; to torment, usually with troubles or cares; to pester.Note: You may pronounce it either way, with the accent on the first syllable or the last. In American English, the b...

harass, harrass

The correct spelling is harass.You may pronounce it either way, with an accent on the first syllable or the last. In American English, the better pronunciation accents the second syllable....

harbinger - vocabulary

nounOne who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing; anything that foreshadows a coming thing or event. Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, Comes da...

Harbour vs. Harbor

If you need a place to dock your motorboat, should you look for a harbor or harbour? The answer depends on w...

Hardy vs. Hearty

We all love a good stew. After letting it simmer all day in the crock pot, it becomes a delicious and fillin...

Heal vs. Heel

Heal and heel are homophones. That means that they are pronounced the same when spoken aloud, but they don’t...

healthful, healthy

There is a very technical distinction between these two that is slowly wearing away. In their strictest senses, healthy means “possessing good health” and healthful nmeans “conducive to good health,” but the...

healthy - correct spelling

healthy - adjective  Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses healthy and healthful. Click here for that discussion....

hear - correct spelling

hear - verb  Not here.Example: He will usually hear only what he wants to ...

heard - correct spelling

heard - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb hear)  Example: We have he...

heavy - correct spelling

heavy - adjective  Example: The heavy equipment arrived at the construction site....

height - correct spelling

height - noun  Not heighth.Note: Pronounce this word with a hard ending “t” sound, not a “th” sound.See Problem Words for a discussion of ...

height, heighth

The proper spelling, of course, is height. Yet because many people improperly pronounce the word with an ending ‑th, you’ll sometimes see the word heighth. In the Richm...

heinous - correct spelling

heinous - adjective  Example: The heinous crime against the child brought cries for legal reform....

heinous - vocabulary

adjectiveOdious, hateful, totally reprehensible. If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible...

heir - correct spelling

heir - noun  Example: As the sole heir to the fortune, the young son assumed control of the company....

helping verb

A helping verb is an auxiliary verb.For a brief discussion, see auxiliary verb.For a thorough discussion, consult the section on Verbs in Parts of Speech on Grammar.com. ...

hemorrhage - correct spelling

hemorrhage - noun and verb  Example: The sudden hemorrhage surprised the surgeons. noun...

here - correct spelling

here - adverb, noun, and adjective  Not hear.Example: Please put your drink ...

heroes - correct spelling

heroes - noun (plural of the noun hero)  Example: His heroes motivated him to excel....

heroine - correct spelling

heroine - noun  Example: The heroine of the movie rescued the small children....

hesitancy - correct spelling

hesitancy - noun  Example: Without any hesitancy, the father jumped in front of the car to save his children....

hideous - correct spelling

hideous - adjective  Example: His hideous behavior ensured his isolation from the town....

himself - correct spelling

himself - reflexive pronoun and intensive pronoun  Not hisself.Example: He hurt himsel...

hindrance - correct spelling

hindrance - noun  Example: He viewed the project as a hindrance that would waste corporate resources. ...

Historic vs. Historical

The words historical and historic were synonymous t...

historical, historic

There are significant differences between these two words, and savvy writers should know them.The word historic refers to something that is historically significant. A building might be historic...

Hoard vs. Horde

Grandfather has a hoard of old gold coins which he like to brag about to a horde of people. ...

hoarse - correct spelling

hoarse - adjective  Example: The speaker’s hoarse voice caused him to forget his well-rehearsed lines....

holiday - correct spelling

holiday - noun  Example: The young couple enjoyed their holiday at the beach....

homage

Pronounce this word with a strong h. To pronounce it ah-mage reveals a speaker’s lack of knowledge....

homepage - correct spelling

homepage - noun  Here’s a usage note from Dictionary.com. The transition from World Wide Web site to Web site to ...

homogeneous - vocabulary

adjectiveComposed of elements or parts of the same kind; essentially alike. Israel's new deputy prime minister on Sunday called for a near-total separation between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land, spar...

Homogenous vs. Homogeneous

If you are describing a society that is made up of very similar people, would you describe this society as h...

homograph

The following discussion from The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (1993) aptly describes homographs, homonyms, and homophones: Homographs are words spelled alike but with different meanings and usually with differ...

homonym

 See homograph....

Homonyms vs. Homophones vs. Homographs

The words homonym, homophone, and homograph are grammatical terms that are easy to confuse with one another ...

homophone

 See homograph....

Honor vs. Honour

Is someone close to you getting married and you need to print out the wedding card? Are you confused about the phrase Maid of Honor and wondering if it’s Maid of Honour? The difference in the spellings of honor and honour...

Honor vs. Honour

It’s no secret that Americans and Britons spell words differently. American English features many streamline...

hoodwink - vocabulary

verbTo deceive, trick, cheat, swindle. British spy chiefs have grave doubts that Iran has mothballed its nuclear weapons programme, as a US intelligence report claimed last week, and believe the CIA has bee...

Hooves vs. Hoofs

As languages evolve, spellings can change and some words may even develop more than one version. Hoofs and h...

hopeless - correct spelling

hopeless - adjective  Example: The politician now faces a hopeless situation....

hoping - correct spelling

hoping - verb (present participle of the verb hope)  Example: He is hoping to enter medical school ...

horrific - correct spelling

horrific - adjective  Example: He tried to rectify the horrific conditions in the mining industry....

hors d'oeuvre - correct spelling

hors d'oeuvre - noun (plural hors d'oeuvres)  Example: He piled his plate with hors d'oeuvres at...

hospital - correct spelling

hospital - noun  Note: Writers in England usually omit any article before the noun hospital. They would write, “She went to hospital.”Example: After the acci...

however

Mr. Strunk and Mr. White in The Elements of Style urge writers to avoid starting a sentence with “However.” It’s not a grammatical mistake to start a sentence with However. It’s just that g...

humorous - correct spelling

humorous - adjective  Example: The humorous play delighted the audience....

Humour vs. Humor

Humor me! Or, Humour me? This amusing word has two alternative spellings which are most widely used in the English language and guess what? Both of them are correct. Humor without the ...

hurried - correct spelling

hurried - adjective and verb (past tense and past participle of the verb hurry)  Example: The ...

hurrying - correct spelling

hurrying - verb (present participle of the verb hurry)  Example: She will be hurrying over to our h...

hygiene - correct spelling

hygiene - noun  Example: His personal hygiene left a lot to be desired....

Hyper vs. Hypo

English has a lot of confusing words that mix up writers from time to time. Many of these words sound the sa...

Hyphens and Compound Adjectives

Introduction to the Complicated Topic of Hyphenating Phrasal AdjectivesSome general observations should help you understand the principles behind the rule on hyphenating compound adjectives and therefore increase the likeliho...

Hyphens and Compound Nouns

Most Not HyphenatedMost compound nouns are not hyphenated: master builder fellow employee attorney general Complete WordsOthers have migrated and be...

Hyphens and Compound Words

IntroductionIn chapter 3 of the eBook Understanding the Parts of Speech, you’ll learn about compound adjectives, those multiword, often made-up ...

hypocrisy - correct spelling

hypocrisy - noun  Example: The hypocrisy of the preacher became evident to all when the scandal broke....

hypocrite - correct spelling

hypocrite - noun  Example: The hypocrite gave speeches about morality right before he started accepting bribes....

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