Found 294 articles starting with P:

prescription - correct spelling

prescription - noun  Example: The doctor’s prescription alleviated her pain....

presence - correct spelling

presence - noun  Example: She felt a strange presence in the room with her that night....

present participle

All main verbs have a present-participial form. Just add ‑ing and you've got a present participle. Sometimes you have to drop a silent ‑e as in writing. And sometimes you double an ending consonant,...

Present Participle - The -ing Verb

Every verb in the English language has a present participle, and you form it the same way for every verb: Just add ‑ing. Sometimes you’ll have to drop an ending silent ‑e, as in write and writing. Sometimes you’ll ...

Present Participle - The -ing Verb

Every verb in the English language has a present participle, and you form it the same way for every verb: Just add ‑ing. Sometimes you’ll have to drop an ending silent ‑e, as in write and writing. Sometimes you’ll ...

present tense

The present tense of a verb designates an action or state of being going on or existing at the time of speaking or writing, as in John walks across the street or She ...

Present Tense of Verbs

Some authors write novels in the present tense, and it drives me bats. Whenever I browse in a bookstore, seeking the latest in top beach literature, I always sneak a few peeks to make certain the author does not use the present tense in the narrative...

present-participial phrase

All main verbs have a present-participial form. Just add ‑ing and you've got a present participle. Sometimes you have to drop a silent ‑e as in writing. And sometim...

present-perfect progressive tense

There are six progressive tenses. Some grammarians refer to the progressive tense as the progressive aspect of a verb. The progressive tense shows an “ongoingness” of the action denoted by the verb.Th...

present-perfect tense

The perfect tenses are formed by using the auxiliary verb to have and adding the past participle of the main verb. Thus, the ...

present-progressive tense

There are six progressive tenses. Some grammarians refer to the progressive tense as the progressive aspect of a verb. The progressive tense shows an “ongoingness” of the action denoted by the verb.Th...

presently, currently

See currently, presently....

president - correct spelling

president - noun  Example: The company’s president addressed the meeting of the shareholders....

presumption, presumptuous - vocabulary

nounPresumption: that which may be logically assumed to be true until disproved; an assumption. In law, a fact assumed because of the proof of other facts; in patent law, for example, a patent enj...

presumptuous - correct spelling

presumptuous - adjective  Not presumptious.Example: She dismissed her presumptuous servants....

Pretence vs. Pretense

This not very common word is often confused for its alternative half making it difficult for young writers to make a decision on what the right spellings of the word are. Consider t...

prevalent - correct spelling

prevalent - adjective  Example: Illicit drugs were prevalent at the party....

prevaricate - vocabulary

verbTo use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention; to tell a falsehood; to lie. Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their d...

primary auxiliary verb

We have roughly 16 auxiliary verbs in the English language. Three are called primary auxiliaries: to be, to have, and to do. These three words perform special functions.The ...

primitive - correct spelling

primitive - adjective and noun  Example: He collected primitive furniture in Virginia. adjective...

principal - correct spelling

principal - noun and adjective  Note: For a discussion of the differences between principal and principle, see Grammar.com’s section on Common Gramm...

principal parts

Main verbs have four principal parts: (1) infinitive (to decide), (2) past tense (decided), (3) past participle (de...

Principal vs. Principle

Our principal ma...

principal, principle

Note: The differences between principal and principle are discussed in depth in the Common Grammatical Mistakes section of Grammar.com. ...

principal, principle - vocabulary

nounPrincipal: the head of a school; also means “money” or “the balance on your mortgage.” As an adjective, principal means “main.”Principle: act...

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