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machination

The word machination means a crafty scheme or plot.Pronounce the first syllable as “mac,” not “mash.”...

macrocosm - vocabulary

nounThe great universe or world, the universe considered as a whole; the total complex structure of something. This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be th...

mad

Yes, the word mad does mean “angry or wrathful.” It also means “demented, insane.” Various other meanings include “ferocious” (a mad dog), “extremely foolish” (a mad scheme...

Made-Up Adjectives

Pay special attention to those compound adjectives you make up. Most people incorrectly leave out the hyphens: product-liability lawsuit employment-discrimination claim sexual-harassment suit child-support p...

magazine - correct spelling

magazine - noun  Example: She reads a magazine while exercising on the bicycle.Example: He loaded a bullet in the gun...

magnanimous - vocabulary

adjectiveGenerous in treating or judging others, generous in forgiving an insult; free from petty vindictiveness; noble, high-minded. Vronsky felt his elevation and his own abasement, his truth and his...

main clause

The main clause of a sentence is the independent clause—complete with subject, conjugated verb, and a third part. The third part is dictated by the verb. If the verb is ...

main verb

The main verb in a sentence is the verb in the main clause, also called the independent clause. This verb will appear in conjugated form, showing tense, per...

Main Verbs - Four Kinds

We can first divide all main verbs into two broad categories: action verbs and no-action verbs. Thousands reside in the action-verb group, only a handful in the no-action group. Each of these groups further subdivides into two additional groups:...

Main Verbs - Four Kinds

We can first divide all main verbs into two broad categories: action verbs and no-action verbs. Thousands reside in the action-verb group, only a handful in the no-action group. Each of these groups further subdivides into two additional groups:...

maintain - correct spelling

maintain - verb  Example: If he can maintain this pace, he will win the race....

maintenance - correct spelling

maintenance - noun and adjective (in pharmacology)  Example: With proper maintenance, the car should last for years. ...

majority

First, when you mean “most,” use that term, not majority. Thus, in the following, the writer probably does not mean something above 51%. Instead, the writer means most: ...

manageable - correct spelling

manageable - adjective  Example: We have no reason to worry. These are manageable problems....

maneuver - correct spelling

maneuver - verb and noun  Also manoeuvre (especially in England).Example: We must try to maneuver the con...

manner in which

This expression usually just adds verbosity to the style. Use way to get rid of it. Thus: The reckless manner in which the driver handled the car ….becomesTh...

manner, in a

Expressions like in a professional manner flag a loose, slow style. Instead, use the adverb professionally. Watch for in a rigid manner ...

manufacture - correct spelling

manufacture - verb and noun  Example: He discovered a new way to manufacture cotton cloth. verb...

marriage - correct spelling

marriage - noun  Example: Each anniversary, they reminisced about their marriage....

married - correct spelling

married - verb and adjective  Example: He married his childhood sweetheart. verbE...

marry - correct spelling

marry - verb  Example: He got down on his knees and said, “Will you marry me?”...

marshmallow - correct spelling

marshmallow - noun  Not marshmellow.Example: The little girl toasted her first marshmallow at summer camp....

match - correct spelling

match - noun and verb  Example: Jason and Molly—what a wonderful match. nounExample: ...

material - correct spelling

material - adjective and noun  Example: She is a material witness of the crime. adjective...

mathematics - correct spelling

mathematics - noun  Example: He learned to add and subtract at an early age, so he majored in mathematics in college....

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