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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...

Labelled vs. Labeled

American and British English have many pesky spelling differences, often between two versions of the same wo...

labor - correct spelling

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

Labor vs. Labour

When some Americans pursued a distinctly American form of English, one of the changes they decided to make w...

laboratory - correct spelling

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

Labour vs. Labor

English learners are sometimes confused when they see two words with very similar spellings and meanings. They read about them both and when the time comes to use that word in an es...

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 ...

Lath vs. Lathe

As with any modern language, English has many words that are differentiated by only a single character. Writ...

latter - correct spelling

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

Latter vs. Ladder

Homophones are words that have similar pronunciations but different meanings. Ladder and latter are two homo...

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 vs. Lie

The words lay and lie are one the most confusing pa...

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...

Layout vs. Lay out

Graphic designers lay out layouts in clever ways to make information visually appealing and easy to read. Or...

Lead vs. Led

The English language has hundreds of different words that trip up writers on a regular basis. Many of these ...

Leaned vs. Leant

As languages evolve, some words fall out of style. They are usually replaced, sometimes by a different versi...

Leaped vs. Leapt

There are many words in English that have more than one spelling. Leaped and leapt are two such words. They ...

Learned vs. Learnt

What is the past tense of learn? Consider the follo...

Learning Grammar through kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High School & Senior High School

English has been taught since I was in kindergarten, there I learned English with fun because the teacher used student center learning, so the teacher facilitate the student with playing game, singing and dancing, thus students memorize vocabula...

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...

Lend vs. Loan

English has many words that refer to the borrowing of goods and money. Two of the most common words that apply to this context are loan and lend. Do they mean the same thing? Or, ar...

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....

Licence vs. License

Are you licensed to use this machine? ...

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 ...

light - correct spelling

light - noun, adjective, and verb  Example: She turned out the light and fell asleep. ...

lightening - correct spelling

lightening - noun and verb (present participle of the verb lighten)  Example: In late pregnancy, a woman experiences her ...

lightning - correct spelling

lightning - noun, verb, and adjective  Example: The flash of lightning struck the ho...

likelihood - correct spelling

likelihood - noun  Example: The likelihood of her victory increased each day....

likely - correct spelling

likely - adjective and adverb  Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. ...

linking verb

A linking verb is also called a copula or copulative verb. It shows no action. Instead, it links the grammatical subject usually to an adjective, sometimes to a noun...

Linking Verbs

In point of fact, the verb to be is also a linking verb. But I prefer to put be in a category all by itself and then treat linking verbs separately. We learned above that the verb to be can connect a grammatical subject to ...

liquefy - correct spelling

liquefy - verb  Not liquify.Example: You should follow the recipe and liquefy the strawberries....

listen - correct spelling

listen - verb  Example: At a railroad crossing, you should stop, look, and listen....

Liter vs. Litre

Have you ever wondered about the spellings of liter? Does writing liter makes you rethink and reconsider how you should spell it for you have come across two types of liter? You are not to be blamed! The word liter exist in two alternative spellin...

literal - correct spelling

literal - adjective  Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses literally and figuratively. Click here for t...

literal - vocabulary

adjectiveInvolving or being the strict or primary meaning of the word or words; not figurative; not metaphorical; actual or factual, not exaggerated.Note: Many people use literal when...

literally, figuratively

Many people use literally when they don’t mean it. Presumably, they don’t mean it when they say: “We were literally dead from exhaustion.” They should say: “We felt dead fr...

literature - correct spelling

literature - noun  Example: He preferred American literature....

livelihood - correct spelling

livelihood - noun  Example: The flood threatened the farmer’s livelihood....

loaf - correct spelling

loaf - noun (plural loaves) and verb  Example: She baked a loaf of bread. ...

loan, lend

In formal writing, many writers use loan as a noun form and lend as a verb form. The verb loan is permissi...

Loath vs. Loathe

Elle was loathed to admit that she loathed her mother. ...

loath, loathe

Loath is an adjective that means “unwilling.”Loathe is a verb that means “to dislike or hate.”Exam...

loneliness - correct spelling

loneliness - noun  Example: His total loneliness led to his depression....

Lonely vs. Alone

Have you ever been happy to be by yourself? Has there been another time when you were by yourself, but wishing for the company of others? In both of these situations, you were alone. But you were only lonely in one of them. Alone...

Longitude vs. Latitude

If you look at a globe or a map of the Earth, you might see horizontal and vertical lines that intersect eac...

loose - correct spelling

loose - adjective and verb  Not lose.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses loose and lose. ...

loose, lose

Lose (pronounced “looz”) means “to misplace” or “to fail to win.” Loose (pronounced “luce”) is the opposite of tight.Some writers incorrectly use loose when they me...

loquacious - vocabulary

adjectiveTalkative, tending to talk too much, chattering, babbling, garrulous. I found it not difficult, in the excitement of Mr. Chillip’s own brain, under his potations of negus, to divert his attent...

lose - correct spelling

lose - verb (past tense and past participle is lost)  Not loose.Grammar.com’s section o...

losing - correct spelling

losing - verb (present participle of the verb lose)  Example: I am always losing my glasses....

lovely - correct spelling

lovely - adjective and noun  Example: The lovely young woman began her career as an actress. adj...

loyal - correct spelling

loyal - adjective  Example: The loyal attorney refused the offer from the other firm....

loyalty - correct spelling

loyalty - noun  Example: His unbreakable loyalty to his country inspired us all....

luxury - correct spelling

luxury - noun and adjective  Example: He spent a life of luxury on a Caribbean island. noun...

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