Found 95 articles starting with M:

minuscule - correct spelling

minuscule - adjective  Note: The word derives from the Latin minus meaning “less.” In much writing, you’ll find it spelled miniscule, probably because of the prefix ...

minutes - correct spelling

minutes - noun  Example: She always watches 60 Minutes.Example: The secretary read the ...

minutia - correct spelling

minutia - noun (plural minutiae)  Note: Most people use the word to mean “small details.” They should therefore opt for the plural minutiae...

miracle - correct spelling

miracle - noun  Example: Her recovery was a miracle that baffled the doctors....

misanthropic - vocabulary

adjectiveCharacterized by a mistrustful scorn or hatred of humankind; having a sneering disbelief in humankind.Note: The noun misanthrope (a person) is a hater of ...

miscellaneous - correct spelling

miscellaneous - adjective  Example: He read a collection of miscellaneous articles....

mischief - correct spelling

mischief - noun  Example: The destruction of the church was the mischief of vandals....

mischievous - correct spelling

mischievous - adjective  Not mischievious.Example: The children played some ...

misnomer - vocabulary

nounA name wrongly or mistakenly applied; an inappropriate or misapplied designation or name. Cat-nap is a short nap taken while sitting; cat-ladder a kind of ladder used on sloping roofs of houses; cat-ste...

misogyny - correct spelling

misogyny - noun  Example: The patriarchal religion centered around a curious brand of misogyny....

missile - correct spelling

missile - noun  Example: He pretended his pencil was a nuclear missile....

missive - vocabulary

nounA message in writing; a letter. George read one sentence in this letter several times. Then he dropped the missive in his wastebasket to join the clipping, and strolled down the corrido...

misspell - correct spelling

misspell - verb  Not mispell.When the last letter of a prefix (mis) matches the first letter of the root word (spell), you do not drop either the last letter of the prefix or the fir...

misspelled - correct spelling

misspelled - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb misspell) and adjective  When the last letter of a pref...

mistake - correct spelling

mistake - noun and verb  Note: The past tense of the verb mistake is mistook. The ...

mitigate, militate

The word mitigate means “to make less severe or less intense.” The word militate means “to influence strongly.” The word militate is ...

mitigate, militate - vocabulary

See the discussion under militate, mitigate.Grammar.com's section on Problem Words discusses militate and mitigate. ...

Moat vs. Mote

There are millions of tiny dust motes in the air. He fell in the moat around ...

modal auxiliary verb

We have ten modal auxiliary verbs: can, could, may, might, must, ought to, shall, should, will, and would. We use them to express the mood of the verb, which, most often, is the indicative mood (expressing someth...

modifier

Modifiers are words or groups of words that limit, enumerate, or describe and clarify the meaning of other words—called headwords. The headwords are nouns (or words acting as nouns) or verbs. Modifiers...

Modifying Adjectives and Adverbs

Amber and Miss Hamrick also wanted to further describe the adjectives they used to modify nouns. Not content with saying The sunset is beautiful, they became grandiose and said The sunset is unbe...

Modifying an Entire Sentence or Clause

Use of Hopefully to Start a SentenceThis discussion will undoubtedly get some readers’ noses out of joint, because it points out that starting a sentence with the word hopefully is acceptabl...

momentous - correct spelling

momentous - adjective  Example: These momentous events precipitated a war....

monkey - correct spelling

monkey - noun and verb  Example: The cute little monkey surprised the children. nounEx...

monotonous - correct spelling

monotonous - adjective  Example: The monotonous teacher put her students to sleep....

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