Found 53 articles starting with L:

L'esprit de l'escalier - vocabulary

This French term describes the predicament everyone has experienced: thinking of the ideal comeback after the moment has passed, indeed, after it’s too late. The term literally translates to “stairway wit,” that is, thinking of the perfect retort whi...

labor - correct spelling

labor - verb, noun, and adjective  Example: We must labor for long hours if we want to win. ...

laboratory - correct spelling

laboratory - noun and adjective  Example: His laboratory uses animals for research. noun...

lackadaisical - vocabulary

adjectiveWithout vigor, determination, or interest; lethargic; listless; indolent.Note: This word is not pronounced with an x, as in laxadaisical. Start the word with lac...

laid - correct spelling

laid - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb lay)  Note: Grammar.com's section on Problem Words discusses the diff...

language - correct spelling

language - noun  Example: He enjoyed studying the English language....

later - correct spelling

later - adjective and adverb (comparative form of late)  Example: He decided to take a ...

latter - correct spelling

latter - adjective (with noun usage, e.g., the latter)  Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses latter and former. ...

laudatory, laudable

Laudatory is used to describe something that gives praise and laudable is used to describe something that deserves or receives praise.Example: His ...

laugh - correct spelling

laugh - verb and noun  Example: They will laugh at you when you arrive in that costume. verb...

lay, lie

The vast majority of people butcher these two words.Quite simply, the word lie is an intransitive verb showing that someone or something is in a reclining po...

led - correct spelling

led - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb lead)  Not lead.Note: The word lead is not t...

led, lead

Note: The differences between led and lead are discussed in the Common Grammatical Mistakes section of Grammar.com. ...

legitimate - correct spelling

legitimate - adjective and verb  Example: He is the legitimate successor to the throne. adjectiv...

leisure - correct spelling

leisure - noun and adjective  Example: After work, we enjoy our leisure. nounExam...

length - correct spelling

length - noun  Example: He used a length of rope to secure the sail.Example: The speaker spoke at some ...

lesson - correct spelling

lesson - noun  Example: She learned her lesson well and never went there again....

Let’s fix the title of the chapter …

So our chapter title incorrectly read: “Yesterday, they lead us astray.”But now you know that “led” is the past tense (and the past participle) of “lead.” So our chapter title ...

Let’s now fix the chapter title…

The chapter title read: “If I was you, I’d learn the subjunctive mood.”Quite clearly, I am not you. To state a situation contrary to fact, you need the subjunctive mood. You fo...

liable, libel - vocabulary

adjectiveLiable: legally responsible; subject or susceptible to; likely or apt. Note: Liable is often interchangeable with likely i...

liaison

Commonly misspelled laison or liason. The most common pronunciation is lee-ay-zahn with the accent on -ay....

liaison - correct spelling

liaison - noun  Example: She served as the president’s liaison with Congress....

library - correct spelling

library - noun  Example: The local library provided special programs for small children....

license - correct spelling

license - noun and verb  Example: He told the police that his driver’s license had expired. noun...

lieutenant - correct spelling

lieutenant - noun  Example: The U.S. Navy lieutenant received an award for bravery.Example: The crime boss and his ...

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