Found 60 articles starting with O:

obdurate - vocabulary

adjectiveUnmoved by pity, persuasion, or tender feelings; stubborn, unyielding; resistant to moral influence. She stood with her bright angry eyes confronting the wide stare, and the set face; and soft...

obedience - correct spelling

obedience - noun  Example: The general demanded obedience from the soldiers....

obedient - correct spelling

obedient - adjective  Example: The obedient guide dog waited for the light to change....

object

The grammatical word object refers to several of the main functions of nouns (and pronouns). A noun can serve as the direct object of a transi...

object complement

A complement is a word or group of words that completes the action or state of being expressed by the verb. A subject complement typically follows the verb to be or ...

object of a preposition

One of the major roles of the noun or pronoun is the object of the preposition. When a noun or pronoun combines with a preposition, it forms a prepositional phrase, which ...

objective case

The personal pronouns (and the relative or interrogative pronoun who) exhibit case. The case of a pronoun reveals how the noun it replaces w...

Objective Case of Pronouns

Just Between You and MeA reminder. Whenever a pronoun serves as the object of a preposition, it must appear in the objective case.So please heed this advice from Henry Fowler: After a...

obsequious - vocabulary

adjectiveShowing a servile or fawning readiness to fall in with the wishes or will of another; overly deferential. What guest at Dives’s table can pass the familiar house without a sigh?—the familiar h...

obstacle - correct spelling

obstacle - noun  Example: The obstacle in the right lane diverted the traffic....

obstinate - vocabulary

adjectiveStubbornly or firmly adhering to one’s own view, purpose, or opinion; unyielding in attitude; inflexible persistence, as in obstinate advocacy for higher taxes; not easily controlled, as in obsti...

obstreperous - vocabulary

adjectiveResisting restraint or control in a difficult manner; unruly; boisterous, noisy, clamorous. A lunatic may be “soothed,”... for a time, but in the end, he is very apt to become obstrepe...

obtuse - vocabulary

adjectiveNot alert or quick in perception or feeling; dull; not observant; not sharp or pointed, blunt in form. It is because the public are a mass—inert, obtuse, and passive—that they...

obviate - vocabulary

verbTo anticipate, eliminate, or prevent difficulties by effective measures, as in to obviate the risk of injury. The Internet, on the other hand, not only creates niche communities—of young people...

occasion - correct spelling

occasion - noun and verb  Example: The party will be quite an occasion. nounExample: ...

occasional - correct spelling

occasional - adjective  Example: She enjoys an occasional glass of white wine....

occasionally - correct spelling

occasionally - adverb  Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here ...

occur - correct spelling

occur - verb  Example: The sale will occur as soon as you meet the offer....

occurred - correct spelling

occurred - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb occur)  Not occured.Example: Th...

occurrence - correct spelling

occurrence - noun  Not occurence.Example: This unexpected occurrence troubled him greatly....

ocean - correct spelling

ocean - noun  Example: She sailed across the ocean in her yacht....

official - correct spelling

official - adjective and noun  Example: The official version differed from the newspaper account. ...

officious - vocabulary

adjectiveIntermeddling with what is not one's concern; overly aggressive in offering one’s unwanted and unrequested services. The government is huge, stupid, greedy and makes nosy, officious...

omission - correct spelling

omission - noun  Example: The omission in the annual report caused the stock to fall....

omit - correct spelling

omit - verb  Example: You may omit these items from the application....

omitted - correct spelling

omitted - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb omit)  Not omited.Example: She ...

omniscience, omniscient - vocabulary

adjectiveOmniscient: having unlimited or infinite knowledge.nounOmniscience: unlimited or infinite knowledge. Philip felt that he ought to...

once - correct spelling

once - adverb, adjective, subordinating conjunction, and noun  Example: The ...

onerous - vocabulary

adjectiveBurdensome, oppressive, troublesome. We have the means to change the laws we find unjust or onerous. We cannot, as citizens, pick and choose the laws we will or will not obey....

online, on-line - correct spelling

online, on-line - adjective and adverb  Spelled either online or on-line. The single-word spelling is gaining ground.Here’s a usage note from ...

only

Garner Oxford at p. 239 describes only as “the most frequently misplaced of all English words.” You should put only immediately before the word you intend to limit. The greater the distance...

Only One State, e.g., Unique

Please notice that some adjectives have only one state, the positive state. Put another way, some adjectives cannot display the degrees shown by the comparative and the superlative states or through further modification by adverbs like very,...

onus - vocabulary

nounA difficult burden, task, or responsibility. In law, the word onus refers to the burden of proof, as in The onus is on the plaintiff to prove the theory of the case. He propo...

operate - correct spelling

operate - verb  Example: His car does not operate properly....

opinion - correct spelling

opinion - noun  Example: Public opinion will determine the election results....

opponent - correct spelling

opponent - noun  Example: Her opponent used negative advertising....

opportune - correct spelling

opportune - adjective  Example: Now is an opportune time to buy gold....

opportunity - correct spelling

opportunity - noun  Example: He took advantage of the opportunity and invested in the project....

oppression - correct spelling

oppression - noun  Example: The oppression of the dictator caused the people to flee....

opprobrium - vocabulary

nounThe disgrace or reproach incurred by outrageous or shameful conduct; ignominy. Yahoo has suffered a good deal of opprobrium since it was revealed last month that, when [Chinese] governm...

optimism - correct spelling

optimism - noun  Example: His optimism and positive approach impressed his coworkers....

optimist - correct spelling

optimist - noun  Example: Always the optimist, the CEO predicted higher earnings....

optimistic - correct spelling

optimistic - adjective  Example: We are optimistic about a favorable outcome....

or

Don’t hesitate to start a sentence with Or. It’s a coordinating conjunction, and great writers have been starting sentences with conjunctions for hundr...

oral, verbal - vocabulary

adjectiveOral: uttered by the mouth, as in oral testimony; using or transmitted by speech, as in oral methods of teaching languages; involving the mouth, as in the oral ...

orchestra - correct spelling

orchestra - noun  Example: The orchestra performed works of Mozart....

ordinarily - correct spelling

ordinarily - adverb  Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here fo...

origin - correct spelling

origin - noun  Example: Darwin studied the origin of the species....

original - correct spelling

original - adjective and noun  Example: The original work of art sold at auction. adjective...

oscillate - correct spelling

oscillate - verb  Example: The court tends to oscillate between conservative and liberal views....

ostracize - vocabulary

verbTo exclude, by general agreement, from friendship, society, conversation, or privileges, as in His friends ostracized him after the scandal broke. Even after this skirmish, Democrats are unlike...

Other One-Word Adjectives

Adjectives became a recognized part of speech in the 1700s. They belong to a larger category, which grammarians sometimes use to describe words and groups of words: Adjectives (and adverbs) are called modifiers. Above we saw those little wor...

ought - correct spelling

ought - auxiliary verb (used with to)  Example: He ought to help his staff at night....

ounce - correct spelling

ounce - noun  Example: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” —Benjamin Franklin....

Our chapter title should read…

So our chapter title read like this: “Bad habits will effect your writing.”But now you know: When “effect” acts as a verb, it means “produce” or “result in.” H...

Our chapter title should thus read…

The title of the chapter read: “Here’s the principle reason he flunked the course.”But now you know that “principle” primarily means “rule.” So we fix it like ...

outrageous - correct spelling

outrageous - adjective  Example: His outrageous behavior offended everyone....

overcoat - correct spelling

overcoat - noun  Example: Button up your overcoat, When the wind is free, Take good care of yourself, You belong to me! —DeSylva,...

overrun - correct spelling

overrun - verb and noun  Example: The looting hordes tried to overrun the country. verb...

Overusing “Like” Threatens Your Career

Consider the Views of the Experts.New Fowler By the mid-20c., however, [the use of like] as an incoherent and prevalent filler had reached the proportions of an epidemic, and...

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